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2. 'Born to Run' (1975)
After two albums that went nowhere commercially, Springsteen put everything he had into “Born To Run.” Like so many of the dreamers in his songs, he knew this was his last chance. Every track shimmers: from the breathtakingly beautiful lyrics to “Thunder Road” the exuberance of Bo Diddley-inspired “She’s The One,” autobiographical “Tenth Ave. Freeze-Out,” and, of course, the cinematic one-two punch of “Meeting Across the River” into “Jungleland.” And we haven’t even gotten to the title track: one of the best rock and roll songs ever written. I still sing along at the top of my lungs every time, EVERY TIME, I hear it. (If you’ve never been to a Springsteen show, watch this video and you will see what you’ve been missing, especially around the 2-min. mark when it turns into a compilation reel).