73. "Rocky Ground"
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.