#12 – Patti Smith Group – “Because the Night” – (1978)

This song actually might be more famous as the cover version – which was done by 10,000 Maniacs on MTV: Unplugged in 1993. This, the original, was written by Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen was working on it for himself, but wasn’t happy. Patti Smith was recording next door and ended up doing a version of it that turned out to be the biggest hit of her career. Springsteen didn’t release the song himself until years later.