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"


"Stolen Car"


The River, 1980

This dark, piano-driven track was retooled several times during the River sessions; an early rendition featured the phrase "hungry heart" that Springsteen used in the song of that name. In the final version, the narrator, coping with the end of a marriage, drives off into the night. (One alternative take, included on Tracks, hints at a positive resolution.) The song, Springsteen later said, was "concerned with those [relationship] ideas: that if you don't connect yourself with your family and to the world, you feel like you're disappearing, fading away. I felt like that for a very, very long time. Growing up, I felt invisible."

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