"The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen (VIDEO)

Listen to "The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen, No. 37 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.

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.

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