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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"State Trooper"

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Nebraska, 1982

Recorded in just a single take at Springsteen's home studio, the extremely low-fi "State Trooper" is a bracing song about a paranoid criminal barreling down the New Jersey Turnpike on a rainy night. Drawing heavy inspiration from New York synth-punk duo Suicide's 1977 song "Frankie Teardrop," Springsteen plays the same droning chords on the acoustic guitar over and over as his character slowly loses his mind, then lets out an unhinged scream as the song fades. "I don't know if it's even really a song or not," Springsteen wrote in a note to Jon Landau. "It's kinda weird."

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