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"

Load Previous
Tom Hill/WireImage93/100

93. "The E Street Shuffle"

The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, 1973

The slippery junkyard funk of this track, complete with clavinet, tuba, bongos and a horn riff interpolated from Major Lance's "The Monkey Time," is utterly unlike the stadium stomp that would become the E Street Band's signature. Few songs give a better sense of what the earliest incarnations of the group sounded like live. Says Craig Finn, "The way he references the band, it's like a mission statement."

Back to Top