TCS Tapes: The Number One

Arjun Sajip 15 November 2013

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)’ is the greatest song ever written and performed. By all means, try to find me a better one, but it’s been my all-time favourite for years. It’s unlikely that anything will ever exhilarate me more, make me jump up
and down in a greater state of ecstasy, or transport me more successfully to a hot night in a romanticised but intensely real American city. It’s the song that transforms its parent album from a wonderfully accomplished album into a bona fide masterpiece
that would’ve been a game-changer if more people had heard it. It is a song where writing and performance, music and lyrics, are equally important, all the elements coalescing into seven minutes of orgasmic perfection that sum up the ethos of rock ‘n’ roll. It is a song whose intensity inundates you in warm ambrosia. It is the music of the past, the present, and the future. It is ‘Rosalita’.