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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26. "Tunnel of Love"

Tunnel of Love, 1987

"There's a world of love there, and there's a world of fear, too. . . . Very often that fear feels a lot realer and certainly more urgent than the feeling of love," Springsteen said in recalling the inspiration for Tunnel of Love. Recorded with a stripped-down version of the E Street Band at his home studio in Rumson, New Jersey, the somber title track looks boldly into that romantic anxiety (Springsteen's marriage to model-actress Julianne Phillips ended in 1988). In keeping with the song's intimate tone, the amusement-park sounds at the song's end sampled a real family (the Schiffers) riding a roller coaster in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

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