"The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen (VIDEO)
Listen to "The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen, No. 37 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
37. Bruce Springsteen, "The Rising" (2002)
That the Boss would dig deep to frame his response to the 9/11 attacks was no surprise. This song—the title track from his chart-topping 2002 LP—was the anthem that New York and the nation seemed to need. Starting from the perspective of a fireman climbing the stairs inside one of the burning towers, Springsteen waxes bardic and biblical to evoke a sense of everyman resolve and redemption. From an artist once known for bombast, the austerity of this track speaks volumes.