39. "My City of Ruins"
The Rising, 2002
Springsteen debuted "My City of Ruins" in December 2000 at a pair of Christmas shows in his adopted hometown of Asbury Park, which had fallen on hard times since its heyday as a picturesque beach town. But the song took on a new meaning when he performed a gospel-tinged rendition (with just a few lyric tweaks) at a TV telethon for the victims of 9/11, and it served as a devastating closing track to The Rising, recalling the Band's "The Weight." In 2012, the song took on yet another meaning when it became a nightly tribute to Clemons on the Wrecking Ball tour. The "City of Ruins" was now the E Street Band itself.