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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"Rocky Ground"

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Wrecking Ball, 2012

The righteously angry Wrecking Ball takes a turn toward redemption on this groove-driven song. It’s fueled by decades of African-American music – from a sample of a Forties gospel choir to Nineties-flavored hip-hop loops and, in a first for Springsteen, an actual rap verse, written by him and delivered by duet partner Michelle Moore. Fittingly, the song had its live debut at New York’s Apollo Theater.

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