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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07: Bruce Springsteen performs onstage with the The E Street Band at Qudos Bank Arena on February 7, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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Bruce Springsteen: “I’m on Fire”

The Hook: A quiet, down song that rocks.

Album: Born in the U.S.A.

Year: 1984

Writer: Bruce Springsteen

Stats: Peaked at number-six on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: “I’m on Fire” is the fourth of the seven singles taken off the Born in the U.S.A. album. E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg remembers recording it.

E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg on recording “I’m on Fire.” OC:…thing rocks. :29

“‘I’m on Fire’ was one of my favorite songs to record, because it was Bruce, myself and Roy Bittan in the studio late at night and the lights were down low. And Bruce wanted a subtle but very driving drumbeat. So I took out a brush and a drumstick and I laid it across the drum and just played this very kind of metronomic kind of backbeat. It almost sounds like a drum machine, but it’s me. I remember we went back into the control room and listened to it and it’s kind of a quiet down song, but Bruce said, ‘Man, that thing rocks.’”