100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time

An expert panel of writers and artists pick Springsteen's best songs, from "Rosalita" to "Wrecking Ball"



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The River, 1980

"Ramrod" isn't exactly Springsteen's deepest song. It's simply a barnburner about a hard-working guy looking to take a pretty girl on a drive. "His cleanest, coolest, purest track," said superfan Stephen King. The song explodes onstage, often stretching into the 10-minute range with false stops and James Brown-like collapses, causing Van Zandt to "revive" the fallen Springsteen.

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