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Does Alan Trammell equal Out In The Street?

Coming very soon: A long look at the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

In the meantime, if you feel like it, I might just start a Bruce Springsteen Song Hall of Fame. You can begin the voting process here.

And the question of who Jack Morris equals can go in the comments. “Mary’s Place” is my early choice.

115 Responses to Does Alan Trammell equal Out In The Street?

  1. section303 says:

    Mary’s Place – the official time to go to the bathroom and grab another beer of many Bruce shows.

    • Paul Callahan says:

      Bruce records from worst to first

      Human Touch
      Working on a Dream
      Ghost of Tom Joad
      Devils and Dust
      High Hopes
      Lucky Town
      Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ
      Seeger Sessions
      Wrecking Ball
      Wild, Innocent & E Street Shuffle
      Born in the USA
      The River
      Tunnel of Love
      The Rising
      Darkness on the Edge of Town
      Born to Run

  2. Cool_Romeo says:

    Jack Morris=The Promised Land (Lots of appearances, but not truly great)

    Mike Piazza=The Rising (Powerful, uplifting, inspiring post 9/11)

  3. James Guthrie says:

    We need guidance on the solo work. The E Street Band feels like the color barrier, character clause, and testing program all at once.

    Other analogy fodder:

    Edgar Martinez = “Because the Night”

    Is “Racing in the Streets” more Rose or Raines?

    • dyt says:

      “Racing in the Streets” is Ted Williams or Stan Musial, probably not quite GOAT, but defintiely in the conversation.

      • James Guthrie says:

        I was thinking of it as much more of an “inside baseball” choice than Williams or Musial. But then again, look where we are…

  4. Gareth Owen says:

    Jack Morris is Streets of Fire.

    Accomplished, workmanlike, reliable, gritty, dependable, a gamer, but seriously over praised. Probably going in after the veteran’s committee.

    Kevin Brown is Sinaloa Cowboys

  5. dyt says:

    Maybe because I’m 55 years old, it was almost impossible to get away from “Born to Run” and “Darkness,” which supplied 4 of my entries (the fifth one came from “The River”). Well, Cobb, Ruth, Johnson, Wagner, and Mathewson all came from a narrow slice of baseball timeframe too.

    But once we get beyond the first inductees, what will happen next?

    Will the older bootleg live stuff be like the Negro Leagues (“you can’t judge it by the same standards because it wasn’t professionally produced in a major league studio”)?

    Will too many songs from “Born in the USA” get in, like 1920’s-30’s New York ballplayers, because it was the most popular with a key voting demographic?

    Will some people start championing “Outlaw Pete,” just because they know it drives Joe crazy and will get him going on great rants?

    • Andrew says:

      Maybe the best analogy yet.

      • invitro says:

        Yes, nice analogies.

        Born in the USA has some great songs. We all know the title track is one of the greatest Top 40 songs ever. Right? Well, Cover Me is good too. And Dancing in the Dark. Unfortunately, the rest are among the most mawkish, sappy, saccharine songs ever, and the album should really just be discarded.

  6. Robert Goldberg says:

    Jack Morris has to be something mediocre from Born in the USA. Overrated by success (wins/sales). I’m thinking “I’m Goin’ Down”.

    • Andy says:

      Jack Morris is “Glory Days.”

      • invitro says:

        I don’t like Glory Days any more than you, but… well, I probably do like it a bit more than you, but that’s besides the point, which is that it is still above Morris, who is better suited for a big hit of the post-1987 era. Streets of Philadelphia, maybe.

        I’ll link Glory Days with Mike Greenwell.

  7. Mark Daniel says:

    Jamie Moyer could be one of those decent Springsteen songs that lasts like an hour.

  8. Andrew g. says:

    Lost in The Flood = “Orator Jim” O’Rourke. Significant in its time, but mostly forgotten except by officianados of the pre-modern era.

  9. Don says:

    How about Jack Morris as “The Ghost of Tom Joad”? Very good and soon to be given new life (Veteran’s Committee/High Hopes).

  10. Tim OShenko says:

    Had to include “Meeting Across the River” on my ballot, but I’m wondering how it will fare overall. I suspect its comp to be someone like Lou Whitaker – truly great, but widely ignored and forgotten.

  11. Ian says:

    Everyone’s overthinking this. Morris is “Born in the USA” – easily the most famous song of Springsteen’s but not the favorite of those who paid close attention to his work. In fact, “Born in the USA” is so well liked by casual Springsteen fans that hardcore Springsteen fans have started to hate the song while ignoring its strengths that still hold up.

    • Tim L. says:

      That’s my vote. A strong song that has become a symbol of things that true Bruce fans don’t necessarily like. Plus, he didn’t perform it for ages, and then dusted it off, and some hardcore fans actually started to cheer about it’s return (while the rest of complained that the band could be playing something like “Jungleland”.)

    • invitro says:

      ““Born in the USA” – easily the most famous song of Springsteen’s”

      I can sort of see why you might think this, but no, it’s Born to Run. And Dancing in the Dark is second and BITUSA is #3.

  12. Clayt says:

    Who is Bruce Springsteen? Wasn’t he in Van Halen or something?

    • invitro says:

      Fair enough. Best Van Halen songs:

      1. Jump
      2. Panama
      3. Why Can’t This Be Love

      and all the rest is fake-rock.

      • JeffSol says:

        You need to go listen to some early van halen. Anything from the Van Hagar era automatically disqualified. Jaimie’s Crying (just as an example) is “fake rock”? Huh?

      • Ain’t Talking about Love rocks. The whole first album rocks…. Before the egos and the drugs ramped up to the stratosphere.

  13. Daniel Louden says:

    Morris is Dancing In the Dark. A relic from the 80s that is far more popular than it deserves to be; though if you get true Bruce fans to divorce the song from what it represents they’ll begrudgingly admit it’s an ok song, though not deserving of it’s place on countless best of lists. Also, I’m pretty sure Courtney Cox was in the background of Morris’ Donruss card from ’86

    • Daniel Louden says:

      PLUS! If we equate record sales with pitcher wins and synthesizer riffs with complete games this comparison only gets better. It might be the 1 single (starter of game 1 in the playoffs) but no one would rightly argue that it’s the best song he ever wrote.

    • invitro says:

      DitD really shined strongest for me after I read some story by Dave Marsh or someone like that telling its story as the song that he just couldn’t get written to finish the album off. Or something like that. The production makes it sound like a piece of garbage, and maybe it is, but if I try hard to think that it’s actually a fine song about frustration, I can almost get there.

  14. norme says:

    Until Springsteen records “Stardust” (assuming he hasn’t done so) this poll is invalid.

  15. Phil says:

    For me, anyway, Bruce Springsteen *is* Jack Morris. (Ducks incoming fire, runs.) Trammell’s maybe Beck—idiosyncratic favourite—Neil Young and Dylan are Ruth and Mays.

    • Gareth Owen says:

      Elvis is Cobb, Dylan is Ruth, Sam Cooke is Jackie Robinson and Smokey Robinson is Willie Mays.

    • Pat says:

      You beat me to my response, which was going to be along the lines of, “Legendary run in the 80s, famous for big performances—you’re inviting comparisons to Jack Morris and you say you’re a Springsteen FAN?!?!”

      By rule, Neil Young is Fergie Jenkins.

  16. Gareth Owen says:

    Cal Ripken is “Hungry Heart”, even to the point of having a wife and kid in Baltimore (not to mention all the stuff about just keeping going)

  17. mikey says:

    Anyone else going to share their ballots?

    1. Badlands. The quintessential Bruce Springsteen song and a blow-the-roof-off live staple. It ain’t no sin to be glad your alive is Bruce in a nutshell to me.

    2. Born To Run

    3. Born In The USA

    4. Thunder Road

    5. 10th Avenue Freeze Out

    Jack Morris – Hungry Heart
    Alan Trammell – My Hometown
    Oscar Charleston – Blinded By The Light

    • Gareth Owen says:

      Thunder Road
      Born To Run
      Atlantic City
      Ghost of Tom Joad
      Hungry Heart

      • dyt says:

        Darkness on the Edge of Town
        Racing in the Street
        Thunder Road
        The River

        • dyt says:

          In the Comments so far, Thundar Road is a unanimous HOFer. Who’s going to spoil it?

          • Daniel Louden says:

            Noted blogger Murray Chass submitted a ballot with the lone representative being “I’m On Fire”

          • Tim OShenko says:

            I did. My ballot consists of under-praised and overlooked tracks, songs that I felt deserved to be in the discussion, even if they never made a greatest hits compilation.

            Meeting Across the River
            Stolen Car
            Highway 29
            Candy’s Room

            Yell and scream if you want, I stand by my choices. Except “Stolen Car.” Great song, but I may have been a bit hasty in nominating that one.

          • invitro says:

            This ballot: “Meeting Across the River
            Stolen Car
            Highway 29
            Candy’s Room

            is my favorite so far. All great songs which have not gotten their deserved attention. Fine job, sir.

        • Paul Callahan says:

          Born to run
          Thunder road
          Promised land
          Born in the USA

    • John says:

      Thunder Road
      Atlantic City
      Incident on 57th Street
      If I Should Fall Behind

      Went with my favorites, as opposed to the crowd-sourced best.
      I would never sell my vote to Deadspin.

      • Paul Callahan says:

        5 favorites that aren’t lock HOF boss songs:

        Long time comin’
        Save my love
        Countin’ on a miracle
        Loose ends

  18. jack morris equals glory days, obviously. solid, effective, glad to hear it mostly…but i sure as fuck don’t wanna hear a whole hell of a lot about it, at this point…

  19. Chad Silver says:

    Thunder Road (going with the masses on this one)
    Open All Night
    Long Time Comin’
    Seaside Bar Song
    Lost in the Flood (just hoping that these last four get the minimum number of votes needed to stay on the ballot)

  20. murr2825 says:

    Thunder Road
    Born to Run
    Promised Land
    Ties That Bind
    Johnny 99 (live version)

    Yeah, I know that’s six. I don’t think Rosie made the cut by mistake but can’t remember (hey, I’m 57 and on a LOT of medications, none of which are fun) but she should be on here.

  21. JiminNC says:

    Janey Don’t You Lose Heart
    Preacher’s Daughter
    Shut out the Light
    I Want You (Dylan Cover, Main Point, Bryn Mawr, 1975)
    Backstreets (Winterland, 1978)

  22. Cristián A. Huidobro says:

    Streets of Philadelphia is like Bonds… it’s a good song that many would like. But since it was on ster… a film, and already won many awards, nobody would vote for it…

  23. nobody78 says:

    1. NYC Serenade

    This is the greatest Springsteen song EVER, imo — beautiful piano, gorgeous solo by the Big Man, crystalline and fragile vocals… I’d compare it to Babe Ruth but it’s not so universally recognized, so you need someone a touch more obscure. Maybe you could go with Tris Speaker: he’s from early in baseball’s history; people who know baseball know how great he was, but when they talk about the best players, they don’t usually bring him up until you remind them; he was great in all facets of the game… add about 70 WAR and you’ve got a pretty solid comparison for NYC Serenade.

    If you’ve never heard NYC Serenade from the Main Point on 2/5/75, you’re missing one of the truly amazing live performances in rock history. It’s very different from the studio version, but in some ways, even BETTER.

    2. Jungleland

    This is Ruth, and I would love to see it as a unanimous choice. It’s the quintessential Springsteen song, just as Ruth is the quintessential player. A perfect song in every way.

    Amazing guitar solo + far more amazing sax solo = Ruth’s pitching and hitting. As for how Ruth’s fielding fits in… well, the only problem I can think of with Jungleland is that Bruce doesn’t always play Meeting Across the River before it, so let’s go with that.

    3. Thunder Road

    Willie Mays! Another perfect-in-every-way song for a perfect-in-every-way player. The line “There were ghosts in the eyes of all the boys you sent away” is the Vic Wertz catch.

    4. The Price You Pay

    Doesn’t do as much as the other songs on the list — it has a much simpler task, with no flashy solos or anything like that — but it does it so perfectly it’s impossible not to count it among Springsteen’s very best. Like Mo, it has a quiet and dignified demeanor, and doesn’t call too much attention to itself, but when you pay attention, you can’t help but be hypnotized by it.

    5. Born to Run

    Rickey Henderson, for obvious reasons.

    • invitro says:

      The Price You Pay: I really like your review. Might sound like a bit of a trifle if you’re not listening; packs a hell of a punch if you are.

    • Geoff Buchan says:

      Good image of Jungleland being like Ruth’s excellence pitching and hitting. It was my #1 pick. But if Joe’s going to threaten not counting your ballot because of a choice, let’s see what he does when I put Santa Claus is Coming to Town at #5!

  24. natbumppo says:

    Not voting for Atlantic City is like not voting for Maddux, just FYI

  25. PJS says:

    Thunder Road
    My Father’s House
    Racing in the Street
    Lost In the Flood

  26. PJS says:

    With Brilliant Disguise just missing the cut. On another day it might be in there.

    • Eric R says:

      I put it on my ballot.

      I went with 1 Bruce fan classic, 2 first ballots, and 2 personal favorites

      Incident on 57th Street
      Thunder Road
      Brilliant Disguise
      I Wish I Were Blind

  27. Persimmon K says:

    I always kinda liked Jesse’s Girl.

    • Karyn says:

      I hate you.

      • invitro says:

        Why? It’s the best single of 1981. Name one better.

        • Karyn says:

          In no particular order:

          The Tide is High
          Bette Davis Eyes
          Kiss on My List
          Hit Me with Your Best Shot
          You Make My Dreams
          The Boy from New York City
          Too Much Time on My Hands
          De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
          Don’t Stand So Close to Me
          Hey Nineteen
          Stop Dragging My Heart Around
          Master Blaster (Jammin)
          Ain’t Even Done with the Night
          Whip It
          The Stroke (ignore the video)
          While You See a Chance
          I Can’t Stand It
          9 to 5

          None one of these are by the subject of Joe’s post. Neither is Persimmon’s named song.

  28. Andy says:

    One song from the first five albums:

    Growin’ Up
    Incident on 57th Street
    Thunder Road
    Point Blank

  29. Marco says:

    It’s hard to be a saint in the city = Barry bonds.

  30. Section 405 says:

    1) Thunder Road
    (preferably the quiet version from the August 1975 Bottom Line concert a few weeks before BTR was released, where you hear the audience *gasp* when they hear “Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night/ you ain’t a beauty but hey, you’re all right” for the very first time)
    2) Born To Run
    3) Badlands
    4) Jack of All Trades
    5) The Way (from bootlegs)

    As soon as I hit “Enter”, I had remorse. It’s kinda like only being able to vote 10 into the Hall when there are more wothy candidates. If I were voting right now,

    1) The Promise
    The greatest Springsteen song only really hardcore fans know.

    (Barry Bonds/ Roger Clemens – “When the promise is broken, you go on livin’ but it steals something from down in your soul/ And when the truth is spoken and it don’t make no difference, something in your heart goes cold”)

    2) Jungleland
    Others have said what I wanted to, more eloquently than I can.

    3) Man’s Job
    A wonderful soul anthem from “Human Touch” – the one song I really, really like (and have from Day 1) from the Lucky Town/Human Touch combo. “Lovin’ you’s a man’s job, baby” – could it be Alan Trammell?

    4) I Wanna Be Where the Bands Are
    Another rock ‘n’ roll shouter from the early days. Pete Rose

    5) Wreck on the Highway
    The last, and saddest, cut on “Nebraska”, the feel-bad hit album of the ’80s (and the album that made *me* a Springsteen fan.). Rafael Palmiero

    Wait another two hours. I’ll come up with a totally different list – The Boss has maybe 30 songs I could consider his “best”, depending on how I’m feeling that nanosecond.

    I think Joe’s right to do a “Top 100” – Bruce and the Beatles are the two acts I can think of whose 85th best song (whatever you decide it is) is a stone classic other bands would have killed for.

    • Karyn says:

      Wreck on the Highway is on ‘The River’, not ‘Nebraska’.

      • Section 405 says:

        Thanks for the correction. I could substitute “Reason to Believe”, which is the actual last song on Side 2 of Nebraska. “Wreck” sure *sounds* of a piece with Nebraska.

        • Karyn says:

          Oh, I totally agree–I should have been clear about that, and tried harder to not come off as an abrupt jerk. It’s just that Nebraska might be my favorite album, and I had a knee-jerk response!

          • Section 405 says:

            Nebraska was my “gateway drug” when it came to Springsteen. I had had a period during/after college where I only listened to classical music; started listening to R&R again after Lennon was shot. I always thought (without really having listened) Springsteen was another hype job.

            A close friend who has almost my *exact* taste in music (we’ve been friends for over 30 years, and I can’t recall us ever disagreeing about liking or disliking a piece of music – and she and I have highly eclectic tastes) literally dragged me into Penguin Feather Records on M Street in Georgetown (Washington, DC), placed the Nebraska LP in my hands and escorted me to the cashier. When I played it, I was stunned, and a fan for life.

  31. Marco says:

    I’m the guy who included 5 songs from greetings from Asbury Park. Yeah, I know – I deserve to have my ballot taken away for these sorts of shenanigans but I don’t care. I love that album with a fierce and irrational love and those songs aren’t falling off the ballot on my watch, dammit.

  32. Section 405 says:

    “Outlaw Pete” is tolerable compared to “Mary, Queen of Arkansas”. I seriously thought of cutting a groove in my LP to take me directly from “Blinded by the Light” to “Does This Bus Stop on 82nd Street?” without having to get up and move the tone arm.

    Also, Shoeless Joe Jackson is a comp for both “The Promise” and “Wreck on the Highway”

  33. philbak says:

    My ballot:

    1. Born in the USA

    That’s it. As for songs from the auto-tune era, I won’t be voting for any of them.

  34. Ev says:

    The Promise
    The Fever
    Incident on 57th Street
    E street Shuffle
    Prove it All Night

    That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. I hate “Outlaw Pete,” too, by the way.

    • Andy says:

      I forgot about The Fever.

      Which leads me to this — best songs written by Springsteen but performed by others:

      Jeannie Needs a Shooter – Warren Zevon
      Rendezvous – Greg Kihn Band
      Fire – The Pointer Sisters (or Robert Gordon)

      plus the following by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes:
      The Fever
      Talk to Me
      Trapped Again
      Love on the Wrong Side of Town
      You Mean So Much to Me

      Honorable mention (since Bruce is now performing these more frequently)
      Blinded by the Light – Manfred Mann
      Because the Night – Patti Smith

      • invitro says:

        Hearts of Stone??

        Anyone here not gotten into that album yet? It’s an almost-forgotten great one. It was like #77 on Rolling Stone’s best-ever list of 1987, but has fallen down and down since then, and I think is not even on their top 500 any more. And it has the mentioned “Talk To Me” and “Trapped Again”, and a couple songs which are the best that Steven Van Zandt ever wrote.

        • Andy says:

          Totally agree. A tremendously underrated album. Springsteen (and Miami Steve) sure wrote a ton of great songs between 1976-78 for Southside during the years between Born to Run and Darkness.

      • Paul Callahan says:

        Best 5 boss unreleased songs

        Jeannie needs a shooter
        Waiting on the end of the world
        Follow that dream

  35. Tim Clark says:

    Born To Run
    New York City Serenade
    Born In The USA
    Darkness on The Edge of Town
    My Father’s House

  36. Jimi Shelter says:

    I first saw Bruce in 1975. I think I made the mistake of choosing favorites instead of the the greatest.
    1. If I Fall Behind
    2. Rosalita (because it’s so much fun)
    3. I’m on Fire
    4. Born to Run
    5. One Step Up

    At least I think that’s how I voted.

  37. invitro says:

    Springsteen was my favorite music person from like 1991-1993, which may not seem long, but it seems like a lifetime to me, as these were the headiest years in my exploration. I moved from Talking Heads, R.E.M., and Sonic Youth a bit toward realism with Springsteen, the Clash, Graham Parker, Neil Young, and There’s a Riot Goin’ On. I’m still not sure which branch of music is better, but I’m dead sure those are the big two. I was not feeling so hot about life in my senior college year of 1992 and Powderfinger and Something in the Night and Racing in the Streets were particularly alluring then.

    I don’t know if anyone remembers 1992, like really, really well, but that really was the best year for music: when the past came up to the present and the future came back to get started.

    Springsteen had a couple of albums that year, but I had long since been divorced from the age of music (as long as it was rock-age). They barely registered. But it meant a tour, or tours, and he came to Charlotte NC then or in early 1993, and there was a radio contest asking for the names of four girls in Springsteen songs. I gave six and got tickets.

    I saw him twice on that tour and the shows were not that impressive. And Springsteen himself started being not that impressive to me. Not only the then-current Springsteen, but older selves. My musical tastes improved and moved on.

    I have tried listening to his new albums since then, and bought a few. My conclusion is that his music since Tunnel of Love is just horrid and unlistenable. I know “The Rising” is fist-pumping garbage. But his good albums — 1975 to 1980, you know what they are — are still great, and maybe the finest traditional rock music ever recorded (including the Stones, who are close).

    I am not sure how to distinguish between the songs on those three albums… every song on the first two of them seems vital and necessary and awesome. That’s what makes those albums great. I went with:

    1. Prove It All Night – You may view it as only the Top 40 single of the 1978 album. I view it as the most shattering of those songs, as Springsteen arose from the glorious murk to try to think positive about something. He fails wonderfully, as having to prove yourself over and over is not quite the shiny easy listening/living style that he (and everyone else) would glorify a decade later.

    2. Backstreets – Has the mantle of best song ever about friendship so strongly that I can’t even think of a second-best song. Still utterly moving after a thousand listens.

    3. Candy’s Room – Springsteen doesn’t do lust. Except in a cartoonish way, as in “Fever”. Except for this song

    4. Jungleland – This song needed rehabilitation badly. It was seen as a low point of Born To Run, a campy and silly operetta that had nothing to say for any time outside its own. Seriously, look up of-the-time reviews; some will say this. Well, I admit it borders very closely on campiness. And I think camp is one of the worst of the major tendencies of modern music. The piano start and “We’ll meet neath that giant Exxon sign” move me still, which doesn’t take it away from camp. But the guitar does.

    5. Adam Raised A Cain – One of the angriest songs ever. The most glorious electric guitar this side of Neil Young.

    Well! That brought back memories. I highly recommend that you ditch any post-1987 Springsteen album you’re listening to, or post-1978 even, and just re-listen to these two. Nothing really compares.

    • Karyn says:

      Well, that’s kind of silly. The Rising is not about fist-pumping, and Bruce never really has been. In my opinion, ‘Into the Fire’ is beautiful and tragic, a loved one missing their partner, of whom is said “Love and duty called you someplace higher”. That line gets me every time.

      Not all of the songs work, and not all of them stand up a decade later. But it wasn’t jingoistic by any stretch.

      And leaving out Nebraska and Born in the USA is even sillier.

    • Most of the bands you noted did their best stuff pre 1980. Neil Young just lives in another universe…. These days probably literally. But his pre 1980 stuff was awesome. I saw the Talking Heads in early 1978. It was great…. And I don’t think they were ever that good again. I hate to say it, but as much as I respect Springsteen, I was never that into him. I probably needed to see him live to really appreciate him. That theory worked with the Grateful Dead. I saw them live once, and became a fan. I never “got” them until I saw them live.

  38. jb says:

    Open All Night
    Shut Out The Light
    Thunder Road
    The River

  39. Bill Caffrey says:

    My Father’s House
    Atlantic City
    Waitin’ on a Sunny Day

  40. Ben says:

    Since we’re sharin’ ballots:

    Thunder Road
    Tougher Than the Rest
    Open All Night
    I’m on Fire

  41. Saburo says:

    Thunder Road
    The Ties That Bind
    Highway Patrolman
    Incident on 57th Street

    My first choice as the role of J. Morris was “No Surrender.” But of course, it has to be “Glory Days.”

  42. Marc says:

    I’ll go with

    Born To Run – The quintessential Springsteen.
    Thunder Road
    The Rising – surprised not more love for this album – it made Bruce relevant again with something new to say.
    Jersey Girl – yeah its sentimental crap, but somehow all of Bruce’s drifters are dreamers are really just looking for their own Jersey Girl.

    And maybe I’m missing something, but I always thought Mary’s Place was an amazing song that captures living with loss and still moving on.

    • Joe Zwilling says:

      I really love each of these songs, including Jersey Girl, but it is really a Tom Waits song even if Bruce added a verse!

  43. Section 405 says:

    I’m getting really excited anticipating Joe’s take on all of this….

  44. Tom Pareti says:

    1. Born to Run
    2. Thunder Road
    3. Land of Hope and Dreams
    4. Backstreets
    5. Incident On 57th Street (preferably live version, B-side of I’m On Fire single)

    Glory Days = Jack Morris: seemed great at the time but with advanced metrics we now realize was only very good. Plus it had that one incredible performance in October of ’91 which everyone remembers.

  45. Josh L says:

    It’s nearly impossible for me to limit it to five, but here’s what I went with:

    1. Born to Run
    2. The River
    3. Thunder Road
    4. Jungleland
    5. Drive All Night

  46. John Leavy says:

    Riddle- How do you send 20,000 people to the bathroom at the same time?

    Answer: “Thank you- and now we’d like to play some songs from the ‘Nebraska’ album…”

  47. Steve says:

    1. Jungleland
    2. Rosalita
    3. It’s Hard to be a Saint In the City
    4. For You
    5. Kitty’s Back

    Didn’t vote for Thunder Road only because I knew it would get the needed support already.

  48. Mikey says:

    Surprised and impressed at how many deep cuts are showing up on ballots. I went with obvious stuff myself for the first class of inductees, hoping that this will actually stick as an ongoing thing and won’t really get interesting til we get to the fourth or fifth crop.

    • jemcintyre6 says:

      Agreed, the first baseball class was Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, and Babe Ruth. They certainly weren’t looking for the baseball version of “Lost in the Flood” or “County Fair” at that point.

  49. Cadillac Ranch is Rabbit Maranville.

  50. Joe Zwilling says:

    Very unfair to limit to our choices to only 5! This ballot was even more crowded than the baseball HOF ballot was this year, and those voters at least got 10 votes. Anyway, my 5:

    1. Thunder Road
    2. Back Streets
    3. Land of Hope and Dreams (from Live in New York City, not the Wrecking Ball version)
    4. Long Walk Home
    5. Blinded By the Light

    I could easily do a Joe-style blog post about each of these songs and many others, but I’ll spare you all! Let me just say that I nearly cheated and voted the entire second side of The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (and I know I’m dating myself by talking about “the second side”) but Incident on 57th Street/Rosalita/New York City Serenade are inseparable in my mind.

    And for me, Jack Morris = Dancing in the Dark. Good song, enjoyed it in its day, but very tired of it now!.

  51. Dave Smith says:

    Thunder Road
    Born To Run
    Wild Billy’s Circus Story (a personal favorite)

  52. jemcintyre6 says:

    Barry Bonds = Tenth Avenue Freeze Out… I know it belongs in the Hall of Fame, but I don’t want to see the exhibit while I am there.

  53. Lois Fundis says:

    My “favorite Bruce songs” lists are often influenced by the most recent ones I’ve listened to. Thus I put “Born to Run” at the top of the list on the survey partly because I just heard it on the radio (although it may very well be my favorite song ever by anyone anyway). Ask me again some other time and the list may be shuffled a bit.

  54. jimmyxxx says:

    I voted but forgot “Valentine’s Day”.

    No ballot cap!

  55. Cuban X Senators says:

    Born To Run
    Hard To Be a Saint in the City
    The River
    For You
    Brilliant Disguise

  56. MRCS says:

    Reading through all these just reminds me how many great songs there are. My votes, which I’m still really happy with (although like others, with a tinge of remorse):

    Racing in the Streets
    Thunder Road
    Born To Run
    Brilliant Disguise
    I Wish I Were Blind tied with Cautious Man

  57. Hmmmm…see, the tough part for me is whether we’re just going for studio versions. Because, based on that, “Thunder Road” isn’t in my top 5. But the version that opens the live box…man, the first time I heard that, I “got” Springsteen in a way I hadn’t in the previous 15 years or so.

    Other than that it’s a lot of lesser-known things. I love “Murder Incorporated”, for instance.

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