Thursday, 22 January 2009

Top Bruce Springsteen Songs

I know that Springsteen is one of those rare artists whose songs impact us differently at different points in our lives, so I include a song like Thunder Road for a totally different reason at 41 than I would have when I was 18. Regardless, for me it always makes the Top 15.

1. Born To Run. Whether it's the original version, the live version from the 1985 tour, or acoustic, it's still the greatest rock song of all time, and one that will improve your mood from the moment the drums kick in.

2. Thunder Road. If it still doesn't give you goose bumps 30 years later, then you have no soul. And if you get the chance, look up the YouTube video of Bruce doing this as a duet with Melissa Etheridge. Classic.

3. Growin' Up. Because at some point in our lives, we've all "stood stone-like at midnight".

4. Rosalita. I wish I had a dollar for every time I've used the line "Some day we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny."

5. Hearts of Stone. An incredible song that Bruce originally gave to Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, he finally released his version on the Tracks CD.

6. Lost in the Flood. A post-Vietnam song from the first album that, sadly, translates well into the Iraq War-era.

7. Sherry Darling. Along with "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)" and "Quarter to Three", the greatest frat-rock song ever.

8. Bobby Jean. Bruce's farewell to Little Steven Van Zandt in 1983. Thankfully he returned to the band for The Rising.

9. Mary's Place. Released in 2002, it's not only the best song on The Rising, but also proof that the E Street Band hadn't lost a step.

10. Brilliant Disguise. From the Tunnel of Love CD. Written during his troubled first marriage, the perfect example of someone opening a vein and just letting the lyrics pour out.

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