3. 'Against the Wind'
Released early in 1980, Bob Seger's Against the Wind bumped Pink Floyd's The Wall off the top spot in the Billboard 200 and scored him a bunch more hits. The title track was the biggest success. It reached Number Five on the Hot 100 and reunited him with Glenn Frey of the Eagles. Just like on "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," Frey sings background vocals – only this time, Frey was in the biggest band in America and not some unknown kid from Detroit.
The song also got the attention of Bob Dylan that year; he referenced it during a long stage rap at one of his gospel shows. "I know not too many people are gonna tell you about Jesus," Dylan said. "I know Jackson Browne's not gonna do it; he's running on empty. I know Bruce Springsteen's not gonna do it, cause he's born to run and he's still running. And the Eagles, they're on that long run. And Bob Segers not gonna do it cause he's running against the wind."