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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14. "Nebraska"

Nebraska, 1982

"Nebraska was about that American isolation: What happens to people when they're alienated from their friends and their community and their government and their job," Springsteen said of his stark 1982 acoustic album. On its arresting title track, he sings in a flat, almost emotionless voice as he steps into the mind of Fifties serial killer Charles Starkweather, who with his girlfriend killed 11 people in Wyoming and Nebraska. The song was inspired by seeing Terrence Malick's film Badlands on TV. Springsteen's bare-bones acoustic-guitar/harmonica version fit the vividly descriptive lyrics best. "I was interested in writing kind of smaller than I had been," Springsteen said.

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