7. "Tunnel of Love"
Bruce Springsteen spent the earliest days of his musical career bumming around the resort town of Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was years past its peak as a vacation destination, but in the warm weather months it was still packed with tourists enjoying carnival games across the boardwalk. Imagery from that scene seemed into many of early tunes, like "4th of July (Asbury Park)." By Tunnel of Love, however, he was going through a personal crisis and suddenly the Tunnel of Love was a menacing place in his imagination. "Man meets woman and they fall in love," he sings on the title track."But the house is haunted and the ride gets rough/ And you've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above if you want to ride on down in through this tunnel of love." The track features one of the most memorable Nils Lofgren guitar parts in the Springsteen catalog, but by this point Springsteen was rapidly losing interest in the E Street Band, and he'd ditch them as soon as the tour wrapped.