10 Of The Best Bruce Springsteen Tracks
10 Of The Best Bruce Springsteen Tracks
- Genre : Rock
- Type: News
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Mon, 14 Dec 2015
August 25th, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the release of Bruce Springsteen's classic album Born to Run. Just a few short months after that, on October 27, 1975, the Boss made history by being the first rock star to simultaneously grace the covers of both Time and Newsweek. Not a bad year for a tramp from New Jersey. To celebrate these milestones, we have compiled a list of ten of the best Bruce Springsteen tracks ever recorded, from slow-burning ballads to barn-storming rockers, all dealing in some shape or form with the subject of blue collar America that has always been so close to the Boss's heart.
Springsteen has sold well over 100 million albums worldwide, about half of those in the United States alone, and it's no wonder. From Jon Stewart to Chris Christie, Americans of all shades and stripes have found something that speaks to them in his music. Clearly, it's sort of an impossible task to whittle the Springsteen catalogue down to a mere ten songs, but what follows are arguably ten of his very best. Of course some will be left out, but that's where you come in – let your voice be heard in the Comments Section and tell us what your favorite Springsteen tracks are and why.
"Born To Run"
Of course the title track of the album in question had to appear here, perhaps his most iconic song. At the very least it's probably the one that gets drunk people in bars the most excited, and for good reason – that introductory guitar hook, the epic swell of the chorus, the classic breakdown, and the "Oh, oh, oh's" that you absolutely have to sing along with. This is the Boss at his finest.
"Born in the USA"
This song is probably Springsteen's most recognizable, and propelled an album laden with many other hits to becoming of the biggest records ever. "Born in the USA" was famously misunderstood by many, including President Reagan, who mistook lyrics detailing the harsh reality faced by Vietnam vets returning home for simple patriotic jingoism.
"Streets of Philadelphia"
In some ways, this beautiful ballad is so un-Springsteen-like, built around a soft, sweeping synth line and a syncopated drum pattern. "Streets of Philadelphia" was written for the Jonathan Demme film Philadelphia, which starred Tom Hanks as a lawyer battling AIDS and struggling for the rights of the afflicted, and it captured the mood perfectly.
Another title track of a great album, this outlaw ballad tells the story of Charles Starkweather, who went on a killing spree with his girlfriend in the late '50s. This is vintage Boss, telling stories of the everyman over spare guitar chords and a harmonica melody – in this case, the subject just happens to be a sociopath.
The opening track of the Born to Run album, "Thunder Road" sets the tone for the proceedings. Springsteen sings about Roy Orbison and Chevrolets with equal affection, lifting his voice to operatic levels of emotion as he and the E Street Band move the crowd to exuberant, thundering tears.
"I'm On Fire"
Another quiet burner from the Boss, "I'm On Fire" is creepingly, softly sexual from the jump, with its opening lines: "Hey, little girl, is your daddy home/Did he go and leave you all alone/I got a bad desire/Oh, I'm on fire." Cue the swoons, as Springsteen continues to emote (with a couple of cowboy yodels thrown in for good measure) over stripped-down instrumentation of muted, plucked guitar and organ melody.
"Dancing in the Dark"
Yes, Courtney Cox made a pre-"Friends" appearance in this video as Bruce plucks her from the crowd. But that's not what makes this song so great; that's his swinging '80s dance moves. Another monster hit of that decade, "Dancing in the Dark" slowly, insistently rocks as "this gun for hire" speculates about changing his clothes, his hair, his face. Don't change a thing, Bruce.
"The Ghost of Tom Joad"
Yes, another title track, which seems to be a running theme here. John Steinbeck seems an obvious influence on Springsteen, made explicit here with this "Grapes of Wrath"- referencing folk-rock tune. Later, Rage Against the Machine member and "close friend" of Springsteen's Tom Morello would help louden it up a bit.
"I'm Goin' Down"
This one might not be on everyone's