50 of My Favorite Bruce Springsteen Songs

Photo: Bill Ebbeson

During radio interviews for my book, Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters, I’ve often been asked about my favorite Bruce tracks. Here are 50 of them, in alphabetical order, along with the names of the albums where you’ll find them.

Am I missing any of your favorites? If so, please post a comment below.

  1. “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” (The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle)
  2. “Across the Border” (Ghost of Tom Joad)
  3. “Backstreets” (Born to Run)
  4. “Badlands” (Born to Run)
  5. “Be True” (Tracks)
  6. “Blood Brothers” (Greatest Hits)
  7. “Bobby Jean” (Born in the U.S.A.)
  8. “Born to Run” (Born to Run)
  9. “Drive All Night” (The River)
  10. “Fade Away” (The River)
  11. “Girls in their Summer Clothes” (Magic)
  12. “Highway Patrolman” (Nebraska)
  13. “Hungry Heart” (The River)
  14.  “I Wanna Marry You” (The River)
  15. “If I Should Fall Behind” (Lucky Town)
  16. “Incident on 57th Street” (The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle)
  17. “Independence Day” (The River)
  18. “Jackson Cage” (The River)
  19. “Janey, Don’t You Lose Heart” (Tracks)
  20. “Jersey Girl” (by Tom Waits) (Live 1975–1985)
  21. “Kingdom of Days” (Working on a Dream)
  22. “Land of Hopes and Dreams” (Wrecking Ball)
  23. “Lonesome Day” (The Rising)
  24. “Man’s Job” (Human Touch)
  25. “Mansion on the Hill” (Nebraska)
  26. “New York City Serenade” (The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle)
  27. “No Surrender” (Born in the U.S.A.)
  28. “Nothing Man” (The Rising)
  29. “One Way Street” (The Promise)
  30. “Out in the Street” (The River)
  31. “Point Blank” (The River)
  32. “The Promised Land” (Darkness on the Edge of Town)
  33. “Prove It All Night” (Darkness on the Edge of Town)
  34. “Queen of the Supermarket” (Working on a Dream)
  35. “Racing in the Street” (Darkness on the Edge of Town)
  36. “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” (The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle)
  37. “Secret Garden” (Greatest Hits)
  38. “She’s the One” (Born to Run)
  39. “Sherry Darling” (The River)
  40. “Sinaloa Cowboys” (Ghost of Tom Joad)
  41. “Stolen Car” (The River)
  42. “Streets of Philadelphia” (Greatest Hits)
  43. “This Hard Land” (Greatest Hits)
  44. “Thunder Road” (Born to Run)
  45. “The Ties That Bind” (The River)
  46. “Two Hearts” (The River)
  47. “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” (The Rising)
  48. “The Wish” (Tracks)
  49. “Wreck on the Highway” (The River)
  50. “You’re Missing” (The Rising)


  1. I am glad to see you included Rosalita as I still think it was the best song he ever did live (I don’t think he does it anymore-more is the pity). Also noticed you had nothing from Greetings From Asbury Park. That is a surprise.


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