Top Ten Bruce Springsteen Songs


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The Top Ten

Born to Run
Just listen to the words. That says it all. Was my favorite in high school(73 to 76)still mine at age 53!
The Greatest Artist of Mankind's Magnum Opus
The signature song of a great songwriter/singer.


[Newest]I love this song from beginning to end. Best song by the Boss!

2Thunder Road
I have listened to a lot of music in my years. I probably know the lyrics of every great song written by the great ones in rock n' roll, Rolling Stones, U2, Beatles, Iron Maiden, CCR, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, I could go on forever.
There has been so many good songs in history but this song, this song is the best song I have every heard in my entire life, I love every single second of it. I would rather not ever have an orgasm again than having to not ever hear this song again. This one IS the best, I would rank it as #1 in history every day, before Stairway to heaven, before Hallowed be thy name, before Satisfaction, Gimme Shelter or Sultans of Swing, Hey Jude or whatever. I would rank it before every one of them, Born to Run as well.

Long live Rock N' Roll and LONG LIVE THUNDER ROAD!
The lyrics are incredible,. they tell a story that you can smell feel taste and touch. For example, "roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair". Not only do you feel that wind, but liberation and excitement as well. When Bruce writes about the "amusement park", the music changes to the sounds of a merry go- round, which is just one of the was that he links the music and lyrics together, which shows his genius.

The music standing alone is a masterpiece. It creates a feeling of excitement, optimism, risk taking, and that anything is possible.

I could go on and on with this song. I think it has all of the ingredients and then some for a perfect song.

Can you tell I'm a fan?
This song is so amazing! If you actually listen to the lyrics, they're amazing! So poetic and beautiful. You can quote every line from this song, they're all so perfect.

"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"

One of the best lines of all time! Springsteen is amazing!
[Newest]Simply the best! From the harmonica in the beginning to the outstanding lyrics, this song is a pure masterpiece and without Springsteen's best.

3The River
Awesome story of being a part of a family, falling in love, and being a young man in America.


In my opinion this is one of the best songs ever. The lyrics are just awesome, and the music fits the lyrics perfectly. And then Springsteen's voice which makes it even better!
Incredibly deeply meaningful song. Springsteen's best by far. Tells a story of his life and puts it into the words of his song.
[Newest]The song is the best. and Drive All Night :P

4Dancing In the Dark
I love this song, so catchy and it gets inside you and makes you want to dance!
The lyrics really spoke to me, and it stuck to me for a really long time. I find this line especially impactful "you can't start a fire, worrying about your little world falling a part. " Step outside your comfort zone. That's how you live.
Like born in the usa the lyrics are lost in the catchy beat buy they are very deep, one his greatest songs
[Newest]Now words can describe how brilliant this song is.

5Born In the U.S.A.
The most misunderstood song of the 80's.


I like how it disses the Vietnam War, and it is also a giant "Go America! " A must-hear for anybody who calls himself patriotic. And also one of my personal favorite songs of all time, gets me pumped up


Born in the U.S. A is one of the gratest song ever. Max Weinberg has unbelievable drum solo.

Unfortunately the most complete Boss song is not even among the top 5: in my opinion, in Jungleland there is everything you could ask for the Boss music: piano, sax (oh the sax, orgasm! ), poetry, r'n'r guitar and 1 divine voice; come on, run to this land of jungle!
R.I.P. Clarence
Jungleland and Thunder Road is the best example of storytelling in Music. I Think that Jungleland is better in someways then Jungleland. First of all the story and Words no one has ever Heard, but know what it means. like Cherry tops. and of course the wonderful Saxophone solo that you just don't want the song to end. that's why this is the best Bruce springsteen song out there.
The sax solo in this song is beautiful. On top of that, the coda gives me goosebumps every time.
R.I. P Clarence.
[Newest]Beautiful song. Great lyrics and amazing sax solo by the Big Man. My son spent 25 hours learning that solo and it sounds so beautiful. It gives me goosebumps when I hear it. One of the best of all time. RIP the Big Man.

7Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
This track is Springsteen's best song bar none! Clements sax is truly wonderful.

Great lyrics of being in a country you love, but needs to change.


Lyrically, my favorite Boss song. It really changed my life and opinion about the world.
Badlands hits hard, no bones about it. There's a kind of loving pain in it.

9Streets of Philadelphia
Streets of Philadelphia number 23?... This is nuts! Should be in the top 5 at least! Come on, get voting people

Personally it is my favourite song of Springsteens
I can't say that I'm the biggest Bruce fan, but I sure as hell love this song. The story, the beat, the strings... Everything. Bruce can paint a beautiful painting with his words.
Oh come on, this has got to be amongst top 5 AT LEAST! This is the song that made me a Springsteen fan! More Votes Guys! Please!
[Newest]One of the best songs that blend with the lyrics. !

10Racing in the Street
The final part of this song in every concert, is simply the best music a band can play. Roy and Max are wonderful on this one.
No other song moves me like this one. The music of racing in the street is a gift from god. You just hope it does not end.
I just love control and measured approach to this most treasured piece of music and lyrics. Would be in my top five.
[Newest]Best outro in the world

The Contenders

11Waitin' On a Sunny Day
I can remember dancing to this when I was three. Saw Bruce on November 11, 2012 and he killed it. Brings back so many memories. This song is so inspirational too. Long live Bruce, the E-Street band, and long live Rock N' Roll.
Pure Heartland Rock, and 100% Springsteen!

What's this No. 25? This should be in 7th place at least.
In my opinion one of my favourite songs on the album "Born To Run" along with "Thunder Road" "Jungleland" ' and his signature song "Born To Run".
Just listen to the Lyrics in this song, they're so meaning, and listen to the instrumental, you'll realise how emotionally good the song is.
Geez Backstreets is his best song. Most people end up "hiding on the Backstreets of life". Sad but true. Dickens said "most men live lives of quiet desperation... "

Great song.
To learn how to be the hero's we thought we had to be... Growing up was a real challenge, but Bruce captured so many feelings and touched so many memories here. Killer great song. My #1.

13Glory Days
Seriously, this song should at least be in the top 3. Its an amazing song. Reminds me of
Glory days!
They'll pass you by, glory days!
In the wink of a young girl's eyes glory days.
Glory days.
This is one of Bruce's best songs behind Born To Run and Born in the U.S.A.. Great up beat song and very catchy. Good to dance to
One of the best also a massive commercial success
[Newest]I shouldn't vote for this one, but I probably will.

14I'm On Fire
I heard this song on the radio, and it just stuck with me ever since. One of my favorites from The Boss.
Its got taste, tune, beats and most of all its got Bruce!
Can't believe this is so low down..seriously people?!

15Hungry Heart
AMAZINGLY AMAZING! Just can't help dancing, closing my eyes and dreaming when this song start... so beautiful, deserves at least the 2nd place!
Best song ever by Springsteen. The tunage first must catch the ear before the lyrics!
I love this song, surprised its not farther up
[Newest]Make me wanna dance dude!

16The Promised Land
Such a great song, the best song on the album darkness in my opinion.
This song should be in the top 10 with born to run and thunder road
Great song. The best song on "darkness on the edge of town" bar "Badlands". The lyrics are fantastic and the sax, piano and harmonica combine really well.
The dogs on main street howl 'cause they understand
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister I ain't a boy, no I'm a man
And I believe in a promised land!

17Brilliant Disguise
This song took balls to write, and should be in the top 10. It's a wonderful glimpse into his personal life with a ton of powerful lyrics. A very sad song, but a fantastic song as well.
You'll know why after listening to it after a breakup. It takes the sting out of it like no other song out there. What more can you ask of music when going through one of the strongest emotions.

18Human Touch
Why is this song so down on the list? I can't believe that... this songs is so lovely, great, cute, so beautifully written... it just does not stop being playing in my head...
My most favorite Bruce song, ever! It pertains to society, an individual love, and self-actualization. Thank you, Bruce, so much for writing this beautiful song.
This is just the best

19Incident On 57th Street
Proves Bruce's enormous talent in the early stages of his carreer and is my absolute nr. 1. This song carries the eccentricity of his pre-BTR work, it's poetic, highly original and it goes on forever. Love it deeply.
The fact that this is so low makes me so sad.

20Atlantic City
A powerful song riddled with pain. Definitely up there.
Sucha great song, love the harmonica

21The Promise
Probably his most underrated song ever. To me, his 2nd after "The River".

22Girls in Their Summer Clothes
The melody is beautiful and all the warm references to the small towns in its lyrics just make it an enjoyable peice of music. Magic (2007) was a great album too!
A nice peice of art. It's a beautiful song and Springsteen sounds great in it. It is one of Bruce's most artistic works..

23Tougher Than the Rest
Agree. This might be # 33 on a list of best songs ever written and is definitely his best song.
So underrated as a great Springsteen song. My favorite along with I Wish I Were Blind.
What! Are you sure this is number 33 what is wrong with the people... Best song ever
[Newest]Agreed - best song by the Boss.

24My Hometown
Tells a great story with intriguing lyrics, should be ranked higher.
Awesome song should be higher

25My City of Ruins
Great song.. Should be up

26Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
Great joy filled song about how the band got together. They play it all of the time.

27Long Walk Home
One of the best song I ever heart

"Youngstown" is a great song. One of my favorites with The Boss. ItÂ's sad in some way, but I canÂ't explain it. Maybe you know what I mean. Why is it placed so low on this list?

29Darkness On the Edge of Town

30Radio Nowhere
Such a good riff! Keeps you excited the whole way through and its not to hard to play either! A great song with really skilful music :) Definitely my favourite keeps my days exciting!

31Prove It All Night

32Highway Patrolman

33The Rising
Whenever I think about Bruce Springsteen, I think about the indomitable force of music to make our spirits rise. The Rising surely is one of his bests.
His best song, clearly! Come on up for the rising! :D :D
Bruce Springsteen still rocks and will forever!
One of his 5 best songs without any doubt. I wonder why it's ranked 20th...
[Newest]Come on, this has got to be top 20 at least! This is one of his iconic songs!

34Lost in the Flood
I remember the first time I heard this song, the lyrics just left such a huge impression...the most under-rated Bruce song that there is

35New York City Serenade
Walk tall... Or better don't walk at all. Great song. Diamond Jackie is what I named my cat cause of this song.
Surprising melody with a lot of style variations.. Very beatiful the first passage with the piano..

Top 10 for moi. Dave

37Pink Cadillac

38I Wanna Marry You

39Independence Day


41Candy's Room
Why do I have to scroll so far down to find this one, come on not No. 50, it's Top 5 easily like come on people
The most particular song ever compsed: a crescendo of sound until reaching the peak of the extasy of love for a woman. Incredibile and unique. No song like this has ever got the same emotion!

42Lucky Town
I love Bruce, and for the most part I can agree with most of the spots of songs on this list, but how is Luck Town outside the top 20? I know all of his songs and can say with confidence that Lucky Town is better than Thundercrack, although I love Tracks, and Human Touch. Other songs should be moved up, too, including The Rising and Prove It All Night, and Lost in the Flood. In my opinion, Lost in the Flood should by top ten.

43Mary's Place
Amazing song, the saxophone in this song just gives you goosebumps. It is one of the best songs the E street Band can perform and it really should be in the top 20!
I love the line 7 picture's of Buddha

44Blinded by The Light
Oh gosh! I was expecting this to make top 3 like it should. I love the lyrics, chorus, melody, and pretty much everything about it. I prefer it to manfred mann's version.

45This Hard Land
Got to get up the list

46Better Days
Great rhythm fun song

47One Step Up

48Downbound Train

49Adam Raised a Cain

50Bobby Jean
One of the best songs written about a lost love youÂ'd wish to meet again. Not as heartbreaking as "Martha" by Tom Waits but certainly the same leauge.

51High Hopes

52Cadillac Ranch
A fun song about dating, racing, and the famous Cadillac Ranch on Route 66.


53Wrecking Ball
One of the best songs of Bruce, so strong and powerful simply great

The lead track off the album of the same name. Yes, I know that is already enough for someone to want to listen to it, but fortunately, it is also such a nice song.
I love this song did you know this song was based on a spree kill in 1957-1958 occurred on Nebraska and Wyoming by a serial killer called Charles Starkweather who killed 11 people in a random kill later he was executed in a electric chair


55American Land

56Point Blank
Probably one of his most under-rated songs. Powerful, desperate, heartbreaking. It's a bad day when I need this song, but it's there to comfort me.
Great Hymn (From the album "The River")

57Murder Incorporated
This song flat-out rocks.

58Cover Me
Seriously?! Cover me is No. 56?!
One of his BEST EVER!

59I Wish I Were Blind
A really amazing song by the best artist ever to exist. One of his best songs by far and should be in the top ten, but I don't find it on the list. It should be placed on here for everyone to vote for.

60Sherry Darling

61Into the Fire
A tribute to the 9/11 lives that were sacrificed trying to save others.


62No Surrender
It's just so beautiful, full of raw emotion. It makes me cry. I considered "the river" my favourite song of all time for years, till I heard this one. Now it might as well be a tie...
It's a song about freedom, love, and rebellion. It's the ultimate song for anyone young or anyone trying to break away.
Surely has to be one of his better track "No retreat, no surrender"

63Secret Garden
Great song, smooth, calm and soothing to listen. With the background of Jerry Maguire. Top notch

64Out In the Street

65Land of Hope and Dreams
Just the fact that this song is based on a legendary song as People Get Ready makes it top 10 material


66Spirit In the Night
Amazing song - classic Bruce!

67American Skin

68Jersey Girl

69Loose Ends
YES - I understand why "Born to run" and "Thunder Road" are up there. They are my favorites too. Along with "Point Blank" and "Lost in the flood" (heavy lyrics). But my vote for "Loose Ends" is because it's the most Springsteenesque song I've ever heard. It's almost as a pastische of himself and the soundscape, which should bring tears to anyone's eyes.
The intro is more than archetypical Springsteen: it is the mother of all Springsteen intro's.
Great song, great lyrics. And still just a leftover untill Tracks...

Beautifully written song. You can tell it's written by someone in their 50's thinking about their life, and how someday it wil end.
Greater than great song!



73You'll Be Comin' Down

74Sad Eyes

75The Fuse
The fuse is burning, shut up the lights.

76Dream Baby Dream

77The Price You Pay

78Reason To Believe
A simple song of faith, hope, and love in the midst of depression, fatalism, and loss.


79Across the Border

80Rocky Ground
Best 2012's song and one of Springsteen's best. Should be ranked higher :/

81Two Hearts

82Blood Brothers

83Drive All Night
Check the 2012 live version in Gothenburg and you'll know what I mean, it's probably the best video in Youtube. Spellbinding and purely magical! Bruce and the E-Street Band are simply the best!

84Surprise, Surprise

A hidden meaning behind this song, but so beautiful... Real magic flowing into our ears

86Growin' Up
The acoustic guitar in this song is amazing

87I Wanna Be With You

88My Beautiful Reward

Great song. Check out the live version from Gothenburg in 2012, absolutely amazing.

90Brothers Under the Bridge


92My Lover Man

93Devil's Arcade

94The Last Carnival

95Nothing Man

96Walk Like a Man
Come on you guys. WLAM not even on the 80s?

Probably the best outtake he ever had. That and Preacher's Daughter. Both of these should have been released on albums, but I do accept that they are a treat to listen to as tracks that we'd almost never heard.

98Johnny 99

99Empty Sky
Its got the most beautiful tone of a mixed genre

100Frankie Fell In Love

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