Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Bruce Springsteen Songs of the 1980s

See what song managed to top 'I'm On Fire,' 'Hungry Heart' and 'Atlantic City'

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5. "No Surrender"

In the waning days of John Kerry's ill-fated 2004 presidential campaign, Bruce Springsteen began appearing at rallies with the candidate in crucial swing states. He always ended his brief acoustic set with "No Surrender." The 1984 Born in the U.S.A. song centers around a defiant youth that "learned more from a three-minute record than they ever did in school," but in this context it was meant to show that Kerry wouldn't surrender in his quest to make George W. Bush a one-term president. Well, it didn't work, but four years later, he sang the tune at Obama rallies and saw a better result. 

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