100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time


"The E Street Shuffle"

"The E Street Shuffle"
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The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, 1973

The slippery junkyard funk of this track, complete with clavinet, tuba, bongos and a horn riff interpolated from Major Lance's "The Monkey Time," is utterly unlike the stadium stomp that would become the E Street Band's signature. Few songs give a better sense of what the earliest incarnations of the group sounded like live. Says Craig Finn, "The way he references the band, it's like a mission statement."

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