In 1975, a 25-year-old worked himself and his band to their breaking point creating, as he puts it, an "indestructible" album. Born to Run's title track was released six months before the album dropped. At the time, Springsteen felt the record was his last ditch effort to bring his music to the spotlight in order to keep his record contract. When he first listened to the mastered version of the album, he threw it into a pool and said he was too close to the music to objectively appreciate it. Born to Run has since gone down in rock and roll history as a standard for the generation that Springsteen and the E Street Bank band embodied.