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'

10. "Out in the Street"

Bruce Springsteen originally envisioned The River as a single album of largely bleak songs called The Ties That Bind. "I didn’t feel it was was big enough," he said in 2009. "I wanted to capture the themes that I’d been writing about on Darkness [on the Edge of Town]. I wanted to keep those characters with me and, at the same time, added the music that made our live shows so much fun and enjoyable for our audience." With that last point in mind, he wrote "Out in the Street" near the very end of the sessions. It's a quintessential Springsteen song about unwinding after a long working day, and it's been a highlight of his live shows during the past 36 years.