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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38. "For You"

Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., 1973

An early example of Springsteen's gift for character-driven story-songs: In the back of an ambulance, the narrator talks with his girlfriend, who may have attempted suicide. Some believe it's based on his ex Diane Lozito; Springsteen – who calls the song one of his "twisted autobiographies" – says he "changed names to protect the guilty." Onstage, he introduced it by saying, "Back in 1971 . . . I was breaking up with this girlfriend of mine, and when I was away one weekend, she came and painted all the walls of my room black. . . . That's not true . . . she painted 'em all blue."

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