500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Bruce Springsteen, 'The Rising'
Producer: Brendan O'Brien
Released: July '02, Columbia
11 weeks; No. 52
Springsteen wrote the track about 9/11, taking the viewpoint of a firefighter entering one of the Twin Towers ("Can't see nothin' in front of me …") before unleashing the gospel-tinged chorus. It was the title track from an album intended to help his fans cope with the tragedy. "The fundamental thing I hear from fans is, 'Man, you got me through' — whatever it is," he told Rolling Stone in 2002.
Appears on: The Rising (Columbia)