By In Bruce

The Springsteen Song Hall of Fame

Well, you might remember — and “might” is the key word since I did this a long time ago — I put up a survey asking people to vote for their favorite Bruce Springsteen songs so that we could start the Bruce Song Hall of Fame. This was a two step process. In the first step, I asked people to nominate songs which led to all sorts of mayhem where songs like “I Hate Bruce Springsteen” and “Jack Morris” were nominated. But about a thousand people participated and I put together a list of the 30 most mentioned Springsteen songs.

The second part involved people voting for their 10 favorite songs on the list, in order. More than 2,000 people voted. I have calculated the results using the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers or, anyway, my own meager math skills — 10 points for every first place vote, nine points for every second-place vote, eight points for every third place vote and so on.

And so… without further delay … here in the first class of songs to be inducted into the Bruce Springsteen Hall of Fame. Induction day date and ceremonies will be announced in the future.

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Released: August 1978
Album: Darkness on the Edge of Town
Inspiration: The Animals “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”

If you listen to the opening of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” you will note that the song more than inspired “Badlands” — it practically gave birth to Badlands. Springsteen himself has called “Badlands” grand theft.

I’ve often thought that “Badlands” is Springsteen’s best concert song, which might make it his best song. Darkness is such an enthralling album because so many conflicting emotions were running through Springsteen when he recorded it. It came out three years after Born to Run — three turbulent years that entirely changed Springsteen’s life. Before recording the Born to Run album, Springsteen wanted. What did he want? Everything. Success. Love. Passion. Fun. Escape. Born to Run is all about yearning, about getting out, about that meeting across the river, about loving Wendy with all the madness in his soul.

Darkness, though, is about the disappointments that come after, the petty fights of adulthood, the anticlimax of achieving fame and, well, yeah, the darkness on the edge of town.

The power of “Badlands,” I think, is in the lyrics. Man, Springsteen could really write songs then. Every word of “Badlands” is frustration, impotence, anger, every word shouts out this strong but rapidly fading prayer for love and hope to overcome the dreariness and pain. If you listen to the words you find that the narrator is not really hopeful. He’s almost at the end of hope.

“Badlands” has one of Springsteen’s most famous verses:

For the ones who had a notion
A notion deep inside
That it ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive

But what many miss is that’s not where the verse ends. The narrator is saying to those who HAD a notion that it ain’t no sin to be alive, well, he has a message for them:

I wanna find one face that ain’t looking through me
I wanna find one place
I wanna spit in the face of these badlands.

That doesn’t sound like the narrator is approving the message of hope. It sounds like he’s still looking for that notion, and he’s losing faith that he will ever find that notion that it’s no sin to be a alive, become more and more convinced that the notion might be false.

I think, like all great songs, Badlands has grown over the years. If you listen to album version of it, I think it’s pretty clear that Springsteen was saying that life’s a losing fight, that in the end you can keep pushing the but badlands will never treat anyone good. But if you listen to Springsteen perform the song now — and the way the crowd sings along — you get the sense that he has found the faces not looking through him, the places that can raise all of us above the badlands.

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Released: August 1975
Album: Born to Run
Inspiration: Perhaps Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row”

I would say the biggest surprise of this Springsteen Hall of Fame first class is that Jungleland beat out many songs that I think are significantly more famous. But I’m thrilled about it. Jungleland, probably more than any other single song, is why I became a Springsteen fan.

I came to Springsteen late — Born in the USA came out when I was in high school, and I bought the album because everyone bought the album. I liked it well enough, but at that point I saw Springsteen as a pop singer/songwriter, not unlike Elton John or Billy Joel or, Lord help me, Phil Collins. I was almost entirely unaware of his history. He was the guy who pulled the super cute Courtney Cox on stage for Dancing in the Dark. And the guy who looked kind of goofy pitching in “Glory Days.”

I probably can’t recount the exact order of my Springsteen awakening, but I fear it had something to do with the movie “Eddie and the Cruisers.” That movie was on cable more or less 24 hours a day just when we got cable. That really was a pretty terrible movie, but it had something magnetic about it, and I probably saw it 20 times. I remember a friend telling me that it was really kind of a Springsteen ripoff. I’m pretty sure that inspired me to go back and buy “Born to Run,” which I loved immediately.

And the most extraordinary part of Born to Run for me was listening to “Jungleland” while reading along the lyrics that were included. I don’t think I’d ever done that before — listen to music and follow the lyrics. Everything about Jungleland felt like a new experience, even though the song was already 10 years old. The imagery was absurdly alive right from the first word (“The rangers had a homecoming/in Harlem late last night”). I still feel all of it. The city lit up by the giant Exxon sign. Kids flashing guitars like switchblades. The local cops as Cherry Tops.

Then you throw in Clarence’s gorgeous solo. You throw in Suki Lahav’s piercing violin. You throw in the way the song’s pace picks up and slows down, comes to a stop, begins again …

The city
Two hearts beat.
Soul engines running through a night so tender

I think I listened to Jungleland a hundred times those first few weeks in trying to unlock how it made me feel. I guess, based on the voting, a lot of people had that reaction.

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Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

Released: September 1973
Album: The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
Inspiration: Springsteen’s Life

I’m not sure what anyone can write about Rosalita that captures the song’s joy, its hunger, its optimism and its mischief. I sometimes think of the quirky fun of opening up Russian nesting dolls. You keep opening them thinking, “OK, this is the last one, there’s no way they could fit a doll inside this one. And when there is one inside, there’s this sweet feeling of surprise and happiness. That’s Rosalita. Every time you think the song can’t soar any higher, can’t be any happier, can’t push to 11 … it blasts off again.

Lately, my kids have been forcing me to watch the X-Men movies; I shouldn’t say “forced” because I actually like them a bit. The thing I like most, I think, is seeing these people with super-powers they can’t really control. They’re indiscriminately shooting lasers all over the place, and they’re mistakenly sending people into comas and they’re turning stuff into ice by mistake (or is that “Frozen?”). There’s some of this in the early Harry Potter too. I’m fascinated by efforts to harness great power.

This is how I’ve come to think of Springsteen’s younger years. I imagine him having imagery and rhymes and thoughts and dreams and music rushing at him nonstop in bold and blue lightning bolts. And he’s so young he has absolutely no way to control it or organize it or modify it. “Blinded by the Light” is one of my favorite songs off Bruce’s first album for just this reason: It’s a mad attack of rhymes and weirdness and desperate ambition and tiny bits of genius.

Rosalita is like that too — only with more genius. What can you make of this:

My tires were slashed
And I almost crashed
But the Lord had mercy
My machine she’s a dud
And I’m stuck in the mud
Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Hold on tight
Stay up all night
Cause Rosie I’m coming on strong
By the time we meet
The morning light
I will hold you in my arms

This is just Bruce full of energy, full of lust, full of life, full of himself, full of love, full of fun, full of ambition just unloading everything inside into a song. It’s a messy, sweet, funny, powerful song that just crashes over you like a giant wave. You know listen to Rosalita; you are knocked down by it. Bruce has called it the greatest love song he ever wrote. I don’t actually agree. He wrote some other amazing love songs — including the amazing stuff on Tunnel of Love and a couple of songs that will be inducted into the Hall with Rosalita — but I do think this: He never got closer in a song to what it feels like to be YOUNG and in LOVE. Few have. The Beatles with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” REM’s “Nightswimming.” I actually put John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” on the list, along with Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti,” Ray Charles’ “Mess Around,” maybe Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Prince’s “Little Red Corvette,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and Icicle Works “Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream”). A lot more but those are a few that come to mind.

Just glad the the record company gave Bruce that big advance.

* * *

Thunder Road

Released: August 1975
Album: Born to Run
Inspiration: Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely.”

Everything about Thunder Road is perfect. Absolutely everything. The beginning — “The screen door slams/Mary’s dress waves.” The ending — “I’m pulling out of here to win.” The piano. The slow opening. The way the pace picks up. And those beautiful lines.

Roy Orbison singing for the lonely.
Hey that’s me and I want you only.

You can hide ‘neath your covers and study your pain
Make crosses from your lovers, throw roses in the rain.
Waste your summer praying in vain for a savior to rise from these streets.

There were ghosts in the eyes of all the boys you sent away.
They haunt this dusty beach road in the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets.

Ghosts in the eyes. Perfect. This is Springsteen’s most perfect song, I think. Badlands is the best concert song. Rosalita is the most fun song. The Promise is my favorite. And Thunder Road is the most perfect song.

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Born to Run

Released: August 1975
Album: Born to Run
Inspiration: Rock ’n roll

Born to Run edged out Thunder Road with the most points in our poll, which is no surprise. It is Springsteen’s most famous song, his most popular song and, frankly, his anthem.

I’ve written about Born to Run countless ties and can only think of one more thing to add here. Among the countless things I love about BTR, perhaps the biggest is that Springsteen was unabashedly trying to write the greatest rock song ever. No false modesty. No hidden agendas. He wanted to write the best rock song ever.

I love that. Once when I was in Augusta, Ga., I wrote a column about an inner-city quarterback who had the most fantastic arm you ever saw. He wasn’t a great prospect, I guess, and I’m not sure what his grade situation was, and as far I know he never went on to college football. Maybe he did — I lost track of him. But his coach called me up one day and said, ‘Listen, you have to come out here and see this kid throw.”

So I went out to the practice and … it really was staggering. It looked almost like an optical illusion. Every time he threw, it looked like the ball was pulled out his hand by some invisible rope attached to a rocket. I mean: it was stunning. I watched him throw blistering 30- and 40-yard outs with flicks of the wrist, He threw so hard nobody on the team could catch the ball. I saw him throw passes with the ball 70 or 80 yards in air like he was playing catch in the backyard.

He was a nice kid, from what I remember, and I talked to him for a while. I asked how far he could throw the ball. He shrugged and said he didn’t know, he never tried to throw it as far as he could. I asked him why not, and he shrugged. “Maybe I’ll try sometime,” he said. It was strange, and it was something I’ve thought about a lot since then. I keep thinking that there is something that holds a lot of us back, something that keeps us from ever giving that last ounce of effort, the ounce that we would rather keep for ourselves. I’ve seen that a lot, I’ve felt that a lot too — it’s almost like we would rather not know where our limits reach, would rather live with the possibility of missed success than the certainty of intensive failure.

Maybe that doesn’t make much sense. The great Richard Ben Cramer, on Ted Williams, wrote: “Few men try for best ever.” I think that’s right. Springsteen wanted to try. He unleashed every single thing he had inside an effort to write the best rock ’n roll song ever. The result was Born to Run. Rolling Stone, in their Top 500 songs, ranked it the 21st best song ever recorded. Others have it higher. Others have it lower. Whatever the ranking, it was one hell of an effort.

53 Responses to The Springsteen Song Hall of Fame

  1. Steve Mancuso says:

    And the boys try to look so hard.

  2. lsuzuki says:

    One thing about you waiting so long to publish these: I don’t at all remember what I voted for!

  3. andrewgetraer says:

    Worth the wait. A first class worthy of Cobb, Wagner, Ruth, Christy, and Walter. Bravo.

  4. Chip Lee says:

    You see, as Hamilton told Jefferson, this is the problem with giving the vote to “just anyone.” And of course the inescapable problem with all lists. That Incident is not on this list means your HoF is already irreparably wrong.

    • Paul Callahan says:

      You really can’t go wrong with these 5. My only change would be Born in the USA for Badlands but I would settle for 6th for BitUSA

  5. Marco says:

    A hall with no Asbury Park tunes feels like an empty hall.

  6. AndyL says:

    All worthy choices but the 2nd and 3rd class of inductees will be more interesting. My choices:

    Incident on 57th Street
    Growin’ Up
    Point Blank
    The Promised Land

    Spirits in the Night
    For You
    Darkness on the Edge of Town
    Prove it all Night
    Tenth Avenue of Freeze Out

    I’m sure tomorrow my choices would be different.

  7. Andrew says:

    From your front porch to my front seat
    The door’s open but the ride it ain’t free

    These 2 lines explain so much in life that when I was younger I didnt quite grasp

  8. ZelmoOfTroy says:

    “My Hometown,” as I recall, wasn’t even on the list. Unfortunately, despite my insistence on a Congressional investigation, none was held. Is there a space for write-ins?

  9. GWO says:

    Here’s Dave Marsh on “Born To Run” – one of my favourite pieces of rock journalism.

  10. John Leavy says:

    Unlike Joe, I’m NOT a big Springsteen fan. Oh, I could find enough songs I like to put together one great CD, but that’s about it. If you gave me free tickets to one of his concerts, I’d go- but I’d never pay for tickets.

    I always thought Bruce was a guy trying waaaay to hard to make The Big Statement on every record. And he just doesn’t have the talent or the intellect to make any kind of statement worth taking seriously. On any subject.

    Now, the actual point of my post: I always thought Tracy CHapman’s “Fast Car” was the perfect sequel to “Born to Run.” If youy want to know what happened to Bruce and Wendy a year after “Born to Run,” “well, “Fast Car” tells you EXACTLY what became of them: she has a job and is supporting him, while he spends all his time drinking and driving his fast car.

    If you’re the friend or father of a teenage girl, you OUGHT to hear “Born to Run” and scream, “DON’T DO IT, WENDY!” HE’S a BUM! HE’LL RUIN YOUR LIFE!!!!!”

    • Don says:

      “Fast Car” is a brilliant song and a worthy sequel to “Born To Run.” But Springsteen wrote his own brilliant sequel several years before Chapman’s song became famous: “Stolen Car.” Maybe not a Hall of Fame tune (although it’s a personal favorite), but the quiet terror and heartbreak he taps into inform a lot of pop culture, all the way up to “Breaking Bad.”

      Certainly Springsteen isn’t to everyone’s taste. But I’d be curious to know which singers and songwriters meet your talent and intellect standard for taking seriously.

    • Karyn says:

      I think you’re selling him short on intellect. He’s a bright guy, and reads a ton.

    • I’ve never been THAT big a Springsteen fan, although probably more so than you are…but, yeah, if you spend that money on a concert ticket, it’s going to be money you’re happy you spent. He’s that good live.

  11. Carping time, for the die-hoards, it’s got to be Racing in the Streets….cuz rock and roll is about trying to find your place in the world and that one true person to connect with…tonight my baby and me are drive to the sea and wash these sins from our hands….

  12. Keith Campbell says:

    Uh, where’s The Promise, people!!! I never got to fill out my absentee ballot.

  13. Dan Woll says:

    Pink Cadillac

  14. MRCS says:

    Interesting. Personally I’d rate “Badlands” as only the third best track on “Darkness On The Edge of Town”, after “Racing In The Streets” and “Darkness …” itself.

    And although I don’t dislike “Rosalita” or anything else from “The Wild, …”, I don’t think that album represents archetypal Springsteen and I think there’s better material on several albums not represented by this initial list of inductees.

    On which point, three from “Born To Run” seems like a case of tunnel vision on the part of voters. Can’t quibble about BTR itself and “Thunder Road” but, “Jungleland”, really?

  15. mmaattw says:

    I anxiously await the rest to see if “Cover Me” made it.

  16. wjones58 says:

    All I can say is that if you’ve never been to a Springsteen concert, you need to put it on your bucket list. I went in December 1984, back when you didn’t have to mortgage your house for concert tickets, and shortly after Born in the U.S.A. came out. I pulled up into the lot, someone pointed out that I had a flat, it was 8 degrees, and the policeman sat in his car in front of me with the motor running, acting like I was invisible. So I figured I’d deal with it later on. He promptly started at 8:00, took an intermission of 20 to 30 minutes around 10:30, then proceeded to play until after 1:00 a.m.! Absolutely fantastic! The energy in that place was unbelievable! Thank goodness some friends who I had secured tickets for stayed around to help me change my frozen tire in the wee hours of the morn. But nothing was going to dampen that wonderful night!

  17. Tom Pareti says:

    “Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain.” For thirty years I’ve been imagining that girl – she’s changed over the years but oh so evocative!

  18. BTR and Thunder Road were always going to be on the list. I have no qualms about seeing Jungleland in the first 5 as well. BTR is going to be one of those Yankee teams from the 20s and 30s with almost the whole album in the Hall. Backstreets. Tenth Avenue. Etc.

    I also can’t believe My Hometown didn’t even make the list for consideration.

    For the next 5 I’d like to see Racing in the Streets, Backstreets, Darkness, and Prove It. Last spot can be whatever.

  19. Bruce (I hated my name until Springsteen became popular) says:

    Blinded by the Light.
    Sure, his version was lame but in the hands of Manfred Mann, one of the best rock songs of the era. “And-go-cart-mozart-was-checkin-out-the-weather-chart-to-see-if-it-was-safe-to-go-outside…….genius!

    • murr2825 says:

      “His version was lame”? Sigh….

    • Herb Smith says:

      Wow. Here’s some advice: do what Joe P. did with Jungleland. Get out the lyrics to Blinded (the Bruce version, the original, the non-bastardized version) and listen to him singing it.

      By the time it gets to the “sights of the sun” part, you tell me that Manfred Mann can hold a candle to it.

  20. Michael Searls says:

    Can’t believe “New York City Serenade” missed the cut. Most original song Springsteen ever did! Not the stereotypical rock ‘n roll Springsteen sound.

  21. Pat says:

    Well, that begins to answer the question:

    “Born to Run” is Ty Cobb.
    “Thunder Road” is Babe Ruth.

    There’s no way you can claim the former is better than the latter, other than by appealing to a vote of an unthinking mass of flawed humans… but a vote of massed, flawed humans gets the final say.

    Pretty sure “Jungleland” is Big Train, “Rosalita” is Mattie, and “Badlands” is Honus Wagner.

    Still to come! “The River” is Ted Williams. “The Price You Pay” is Hank Aaron, and “No Surrender” is Willie Mays. “10th Avenue Freezeout” is Bob Gibson, which I think makes “Meeting Across the River” Stottlemyre. “Tunnel of Love” is Blyleven. “Hungry Heart” is Jeter. “Streets of Philadelphia” is Bonds. Hitting in the leadoff spot, the title track to “Born in the USA” is Rickey Henderson (not nearly as good as “Thunder Road” but who’s going to point it out). Brilliant but not around for nearly long enough, “I’m on Fire” is Koufax. (If your vote was for “4th of July”… shame on you.)

    I think “The Promised Land” is Mantle, but I’ll be honest that I’m confused as heck out of that one.

    “Pink Cadillac” is Pete Rose, and “Because the Night” is Satchel Paige. “Brothers Under the Bridge” is Luis Tiant.

    And “Jessie’s Girl” is Jack Morris. (To whomever I stole this joke from, I’m sorry—I would have given you credit if I’d been able to find your name!)

    (… actually, I’m starting to think I stole all these jokes. Oh well; try and catch me, coppah! n’yah!)

  22. Tim L. says:

    “My Hometown” is like Bagwell, a very good, if not great, performer, that is guilty by association because of the whole BITUSA album, the steroids of Bruce’s career. Much like steroids, I think BITUSA is overhyped as a negative. It’s given too much focus and seems to be the only thing casual people seem to know about Bruce. The album is not on par with BTR and Darkness, but it’s really good, and outside of the heavy synth, those tunes hold up (“I’m Goin’ Down” is a guilty pleasure of mine).

    I have made my extremely unimportant point. Thanks Joe.

  23. KB says:

    Funny, I always thought of The River as the sequal to BTR. He knocks her up, they get married, both stuck in a small town, getting a union job that make barely middle class wages becomes the professional highlight of his career, and they both live with regret and wonder what might have been if they only listened to their parents.

  24. delfeye says:

    Yawn. Just another singer. Why does everyone seem to think artists of any sort have something deep to say.

    I like several of Springsteen’s songs, but that’s all they are, songs. Everyone seeking the answer to their life in anyone else’s art is kinda missing the point. They are possibly the answers to Bruce’s life; anyone else is just shoehorning.

    • Karyn says:

      Yes, you’re so much better than the rest of us. Glad you swooped by to let us know.

      • delfeye says:

        Didn’t mean it to come across that way. After reading your reply I re-read my post and see what you mean.

        I’ve never understood other people’s reading anything much into “art,” music, movies, books…high school literature was hell for example. Considering how alone I seem to be in that, it must be my problem, not theirs.

        You and the following poster are right. The whole “yawn” lead-in was definitely rude and uncalled for. I’m typically not a troll and don’t play one on television.


        • delfeye says:


          Of course, my utter disdain for live music could also have something to do with my apathy for Springsteen. Since everyone says his shows are awesome, my inability to connect in that type of environment likely hampers my chances to care about what he’s saying.

          Since this is “effectively” a sports blog, I’ll let you know that live sports work the same way. I get ANGRY at all the “idiots” around me that don’t let me sit in my seat and enjoy an unobstructed view of the field. Again, see, MY problem. I just must have had an off day yesterday since am a lurker nonpareil, usually just venting over these nothings to my poor wife.

    • mnm says:

      “Why does everyone seem to think artists of any sort have something deep to say.”

      It may not be “something deep” or “the answer to their life” that a person hears in a song or poem or other work of art. It may be a feeling or an interpretation of a feeling that resonates and makes the listener feel that they’re not alone in the world and that someone else feels the same way. And isn’t that knowledge extraordinarily valuable?

      The listener might not even have the same feeling as expressed in the song as what the intention was when the song was written. Most musicians I know or know of have expressed a similar comment of “What I felt or was thinking when I wrote the song isn’t as important as the way it makes the audience feel.”

      You may not be a person who connects with what many others do when they listen to music, but for some people it can mean the difference between hope and despair. It is rude to denigrate that.

    • murr2825 says:

      A song needs to have a strong melody to grab me; Mary Queen of Arkansas may be a great song lyrically but I couldn’t vouch for that cause I don’t know the words, since I could never get past the first verse. 🙂

      Bruce at his best is a great poet, often with big ideas and compelling ways to get them across. But his melodies are equally stirring and powerful, and they lift my spirit and most of the people who have commented here. The fury of Badlands, the sheer joy of Rosalita, and the majesty of Jungleland are just three of dozens of examples of the thrill he provides. Sorry you don’t feel it; hey, nothing is more subjective than music. But don’t waste your time and ours coming here just to turn your nose up at those of us who do. Thanks.

  25. Paul says:

    Springsteen is ok but not deserving of all this hoopla. He’s not ANYWHERE close to The Beatles. He has maybe 25 good songs; Beatles have three or four times that many.

    • Saying a musical artist isn’t close to the Beatles is like saying a baseball player isn’t close to Babe Ruth or a hockey player isn’t close to Wayne Gretzky; probably true, but hardly damning.

    • Puckpaul11 says:

      well, maybe so, but NONE of the Beatles songs make me feel the way MANY of Springsteen’s songs do. And i love the Beatles and have their whole catalogue. no catharsis there unfortunately, and music is more than the technical brilliance of the Beatles. He deserves ALL the hoopla.

  26. tom flynn says:

    Joe, did you still live in Cleveland when WMMS would start the weekend at 5 pm on Friday with Born to Run? Heading to the Agora or the Flats on a summer night? No one ever captured the feeling of what it means to be an 18 in the summer like Springsteen, and then he continued to write music that grew and matured with us.

  27. Saburo says:

    NO “Glory Days!”

    All is well.

  28. todd says:

    Springsteen doesn’t have to be anyone’s favorite artist. Others can feel free to consider him just another singer. I doubt anyone writing in to this post will change anyone’s mind. Others, of course, are entitled to their opinions. For me, Springsteen isn’t my favorite artist either. I often change the channel when he comes on the radio because I’ve heard the hits a million times. For me though, out of the 200 plus live shows across the different professional live acts I have seen in my lifetime, Springsteen lands twice in my top 5 favorite shows attended. Easily. There is a very different energy at his live show in comparison to peers. It’s the kind of energy that cannot be explained to you or similarly experienced on TV or a live track on the radio or album. I have only attended those two shows; I was reluctant the second time in fear of the experience not being matched by my first time. I am glad I went. It’s not fully fair to make this comparison but I will; another person cannot fully explain the emotion of being a parent to someone that does not have children; once you become a parent, you fully appreciate this statement. Attend the live show for which you were offered a free ticket and then additionally form your personal opinions from the other side. That is the post I have yet to see here but would find curious.

  29. tombando says:

    John Mellencamp is Al Simmons. Better than Joe Poz sez but will only make a cameo here…..Downbound Train Uber Alles.

    • Bird is the word says:

      I’m with you, two Jersey guys that aren’t that far apart…As a canuck, think Neil Young is the songwriter that’s been underappreciated, if that’s even possible. What does that make Neil, Fergie Jenkins perhaps?

  30. Dave says:

    Bruce Springsteen is like Bono: smug, irritating, and self-righteous.

  31. Don_Rocko says:

    I’m curious the tact everyone else took here. I almost tackled it like I would the MLB HOF vote – I didn’t vote based on personal preference as much as how ‘important’ the songs might be to the overall Springsteen ouevre.

    All of the songs listed here I had on my list of ten, for a lot of the reasons Joe mentioned (Badlands – best concert song, Rosalita – the most joyous song in Rock and roll, Jungleland – the wonderful imagery and that killer sax solo, etc), but like a lot of you, it seems, Racing in the Street is my favourite Springsteen track and I’m hoping the stats guys start singing it’s praises and it picks up some steam for eventual enshrinement.

    I’d love to see what the actual numbers were – and to see if anyone had the fall to leave Born To Run off their ballot. That’s like leaving Maddux off , IMHO.

    • Don_Rocko says:

      That is to say ‘the gall’ to leave it off the ballot – which despite what autocorrect may think, *was* actually what I meant to say.

  32. johnranta says:

    I’m so late to the game. But the two Springsteen songs that tear my heart out are barely mentioned here. “Sandy” and “Meeting across the river”. Songs about guys whose dreams were bigger than their lives, who were trying to cast a rosy glow on their reality. Who you had to root for, but would never bet money on. “That waitress I been seeing done lost her desire for me…”. Happens to us all…

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  34. Maria says:

    Stolen Car (goosebumps every time)

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