Melissa Maerz
March 02, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

”Thundercrack,” 1973
A nine-minute showstopper, with wild sax and guitar solos.

”Zero and Blind Terry,” 1973
One of his great cinematic songs, about rival gangs.

”Because the Night (Live),” 1973
Bruce gave it real passion; Patti Smith made it a hit.

”Roulette,” 1979
This brutal rocker is proof that Springsteen rages as fiercely as he broods.

”Frankie,” 1982
A classic slow-burner to play at the drive-in.

”Shut Out the Light,” 1983
A moving, fiddle-backed tribute to a Vietnam vet’s homecoming.

”Jersey Girl,” 1984
Tom Waits wrote it, but this tender hometown ode belongs to Bruce.

”The Honeymooners,” 1987
Just harmonica, guitar, and the sweetest wedding story ever.

”Happy,” 1992
This ultra-romantic ballad’s message? All you need is love — and wistful synths.

”Red Headed Woman,” 1993
A fun, country-style goof dedicated to a strawberry-haired beauty who gets ”a dirty job done.”

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