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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45. "Candy's Room"

Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978

Darkness on the Edge of Town is full of morose and lost characters, but Candy may be the saddest. In interviews, Springsteen refuses to admit that she's a prostitute, but it's pretty clear why she has "fancy clothes and diamond rings" and "men who give her anything she wants." (In "Candy's Boy," a tortured ballad Springsteen demo'ed during the Darkness sessions, he sings from the perspective of Candy's jilted boyfriend.) "Candy's Room" has torrid guitars and a tightly coiled beat that brings out its dark urgency. "There's something really romantic about that one," says Craig Finn of the Hold Steady. "It's like a rocket ship that blasts out of somewhere private into the world."

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