"Thunder Road" is a song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, and the opening track on his 1975 breakthrough album Born to Run. It is ranked as one of Springsteen's greatest songs, and often appears on lists of the top rock songs of all time.Rolling Stone magazine placed it as #86 on its "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
The song underwent considerable evolution as it was written, with an early version titled "Wings for Wheels" first performed at The Main Point in Bryn Mawr on February 5, 1975. That phrase would eventually be used in the final version of the lyrics. The original version also mentions a girl named "Angelina" or "Christina" (in various versions), rather than the studio homage to "Mary". Among other changes, including an entirely different lyrics for some verses, the song concludes with "This is a town full of losers, and baby I was born to win" instead the "Thunder Road" ending, "It's a town full of losers, I'm pulling out of here to win."
The lyrics to "Thunder Road" describe a young woman named Mary, her boyfriend, and their "one last chance to make it real." Thematically, it reads as a nostalgic companion piece to "Born to Run".
Musically, the song opens...