But, man… I don’t know that there’s any reasonable argument for any one Ohio State sugar bowl Champions 2021 signatures shirt of Bruce’s being better than “Born to Run.” It’s not my favorite song. It’s not even my favorite Springsteen song. But it’s his masterpiece. It’s a miraculous piece of art, a pure representation of the emotional experience the artist wanted to communicate- the universal adolescent longing for dramatic and transformative escape- executed with nearly perfect technical acumen but not so much that it ever feels inorganic or manufactured. It’s a triumph and a height he’s never reached since, and if he’s come close it’s by standing on his own shoulders. It’s a perfect rock song and one of the greatest pieces of American art ever produced. If he’d never picked up a guitar again after recording it, he’d have still gone down as one of the greats.