2. Bruce Springsteen - "Born to Run" (1975) Bruce Springsteen has stated that he wrote "Born to Run" as a last-ditch effort to become a true star. His first two albums had been critically acclaimed but didn't sell particularly well. The song is essentially a passionate, heroic love letter to a girl named Wendy. The imagery in the song is powerful with "kids huddled on the beach in a mist" and "highways jammed with broken heroes."