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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100. "Fire"

Live/1975-85, 1986

One of Springsteen's most covered tunes (it's been done by everyone from Cher to Link Wray), "Fire" was written in 1977 to be sung by Elvis Presley; as Spring­steen has said, "I sent [Elvis] a demo of it, but he died before it arrived." The Pointer Sisters' rendition became a Number Two hit, but Springsteen's take on Live/1975-85 ignites the Fifties-style torch song's soft-loud dynamic like no one else's.