Readers' Poll: The Best Songs of 2012Your selections include 'We Take Care of Our Own,' 'Somebody That I Used to Know' and 'Gold on the Ceiling'
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6. Bruce Springsteen - 'We Take Care of Our Own'
In the grand tradition of "Born in the U.S.A.," Bruce Springsteen's "We Take Care of Our Own" was initially misunderstood. The New York Times noted that that it "mistakes jingoism for empathy," causing Springsteen to fire back, "They need a smarter pop writer." The song is very clear that America is supposed to take care of its own, but too often we fall short of that ideal. He specifically points to the debacle at the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina. The song was everywhere this year, from Barack Obama's campaign rallies to stadiums all across America and Europe. Wrecking Ball is Bruce Springsteen's strongest release in decades, and "We Take Care of Our Own" is a song he'll be playing for years and years to come, even though many people will continue to see it as an "America, Fuck Yeah!" song.