His new album ''Working on a Dream,'' his title track for ''The Wrestler,'' and his inauguration performance make the Boss our pick for January

By Leah Greenblatt
Updated January 23, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

Sixteen studio albums that have gone 60 times platinum, 18 Grammys — heck, he’s even got an asteroid belt named in his honor — and the Boss is still putting out top-quality material, like this week’s soaring, joyful Working on a Dream.

For his old buddy Mickey Rourke’s triumphant comeback vehicle, The Wrestler, he penned the elegiac, Golden Globe-winning title track, proving once again — see 1994’s ”Streets of Philadelphia” from (yep) Philadelphia — that he’s the master at soundtracking cinematic heartbreak.

Missed the stirring performance of his 9/11 anthem ”The Rising” on the National Mall over inauguration weekend? You’ll just have to catch his next gig: the Super Bowl halftime show, coming up on Feb. 1. Guaranteed it won’t take a wardrobe malfunction to keep you riveted.