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"Born down in a dead man's town, the first kick I took was when I hit the ground."
Song: "Born in the U.S.A."
Why: The best of Springsteen gets at the heart of the blue collar struggle, and in the title track to "Born in the U.S.A.," he makes his point early and often. Kicking off the song with this straight-forward declaration, it's a lyric that lays bare the behind-the-eight-ball plight of the working class before The Boss really digs in on the country veterans of the Vietnam war had to come back to. And somehow Regan thought this was an apt rally cry for his 1984 Presidential campaign.
- Kristopher Tapley