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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48. "Growin' Up"

Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., 1973

Few songs in rock capture coming-of-age swagger and wonderment like this ode to Springsteen's adolescence – that period when he was, as the song goes, "the cosmic kid in full costume dress." And the music, pushed along by David Sancious' elegant piano and Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez's drums, is a heady rush. This was one of the handful of tunes Springsteen played for Columbia Records honchos during his 1972 audition for the label, and he would often preface it in concert with a wry take on that meeting: "There was Clive Davis, the head of the company, dressed in a white robe and a wreath on his head. I fell to my knees and played the guitar."

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