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Bob Seger: 15 Songs You Can Stream Now

After long holdout, select tunes from legendary rocker finally available on Spotify and other streaming services

Bob Seger performing in 1980.


Finally! Bob Seger has always been one of the more vocal streaming holdouts but today some of his most beloved albums – including the Bob Seger System’s 1969 LP Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man, his 1976 classic Night Moves and his two volumes of Greatest Hits – finally made their way onto Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Napster and Slacker Radio. We’re still waiting for some very fine records to see the light of digital day (Mongrel, please!). But we’re psyched all the same. Here’s a quick guide to the finest moments from what’s available. 

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“We’ve Got Tonite” (1978)

Seger’s career reached its commercial peak with 1978’s Stranger In Town. The track listing practically reads like a greatest hits package, though the mournful “We’ve Got Tonite” on side two is the saddest of the lot. It’s the tale of two former lovers contemplating the possibility of a final evening together before parting forever. It became a hit again in 1983 when Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton and turned it into a duet. –AG

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“You’ll Accompany Me” (1980)

Seger hits often look back ruefully on the ones that got away, but this Top 20 single from Against the Wind takes a more optimistic stance on love. “I’ll take my chances, babe, I’ll risk it all/I’ll win your love or I’ll take the fall,” Seger sings, leading into the upbeat, gospel-tinged chorus. “I love the confidence in that song,” said country artist Frankie Ballard, who covered the tune last year.

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“Against the Wind” (1980)

Much like “Night Moves,” the title track to 1980’s Against The Winds finds a 30-something Bob Seger reflecting on the cruel passage of time. “And the years rolled slowly past,” he sings. “And I found myself alone/Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends/I found myself further and further from my home.” People all over America tapped into his sense of displacement and frustration, helping the sing reach #5 on the Hot 100. A lot of 1970s rock giants would struggle in the 1980s, but this was the beginning of a new decade of huge success for Seger. Today, however, the song may be best known for appearing in Forrest Gump during his cross-country run. –AG

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“Fire Lake” (1980)

One of Seger’s most quixotic lyrics, “Fire Lake” comes off like an allegory about heaven and hell, complete with a reference to Wild Bill Hickock’s “dead man’s hand” (eights and aces), which he was holding when he got shot in the back. Regardless of its meaning, it was catchy enough to be the first single from Against the Wind, thanks in part to an assist from The Eagles’ Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Timothy B. Schmit, who sang backup on the tune a year after Seger gave them the chorus to “Heartache Tonight.”

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“Roll Me Away” (1983)

Some of the production may not have aged all that well, but if you’re willing to surrender yourself to it, this road tale is one of Seger’s most exhilarating moments. It’s all about borrowed E Streeter Roy Bittan’s lyrical piano and the spectacular bridge, where Bob remembers the moment his “soul began to rise” after he spotted a hawk in the sky. -BH

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