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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79. "The Ties That Bind"

The River, 1980

Springsteen's love for mid-Sixties garage rock and British Invasion hits runs through the opening track from The River. Although Springsteen is a meticulous record-maker, this song was cut fast, in a day, to retain its freshness. "I knew I wanted more of the roughness and spontaneity of our live show," Springsteen wrote in Songs, describing his approach to The River. "I was determined to let the band play live and let the music happen."

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