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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"We Are Alive"

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Wrecking Ball, 2012

Springsteen was nearly done with Wrecking Ball when he realized it could use one song to wrap it up. "I needed a strange kind of party," he said. "A party filled with ghosts. It's a party filled with the dead, but whose voices and spirit and ideas remain with us." Max Weinberg said they originally cut the song sort of like the Ramones would have, but they eventually settled on a folkier vibe, built around a horn riff borrowed from Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire."

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