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.


After hearing Born To Run five times it became a legendary song for me!


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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!
Simply one of the best lyrics ever written ex: doors open but the ride... It ain't free... All the way through pure poetry.
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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.
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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
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5Born In the U.S.A.
The most misunderstood song of the 80's.


Born in the U.S. A is one of the gratest song ever. Max Weinberg has unbelievable drum solo.
This is the best song of all time! It has a magic power! It must be at 1st place
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The sax solo in this song is beautiful. On top of that, the coda gives me goosebumps every time.
R.I. P Clarence.
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.
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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.
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8Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
This track is Springsteen's best song bar none! Clements sax is truly wonderful.
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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.
What is this? Streets of Philadelphia are 27? People don't have hearth! I'm feel really bad about this. This song makes you feel great! Its Pure Music sensitive and beutiful!
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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.
Best outro in the world
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The Contenders

11Hungry Heart
Best song ever by Springsteen. The tunage first must catch the ear before the lyrics!
AMAZINGLY AMAZING! Just can't help dancing, closing my eyes and dreaming when this song start... so beautiful, deserves at least the 2nd place!
I love this song, surprised its not farther up
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12I'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?!
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13Waitin' 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.
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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.
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15Glory 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
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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
Harmonica, piano, sax, guitar, fantastic chorus and backing vocals. This is Bruce and the ESB in full flow.
Nearly always played live and a definitive song in trying to explain what the live experience is all about. Must be top 10 surely!
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.
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17Human 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
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18Brilliant 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.
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19Atlantic City
A powerful song riddled with pain. Definitely up there.
Sucha great song, love the harmonica
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20Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
Great joy filled song about how the band got together. They play it all of the time.
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"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?
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22The Promise
Probably his most underrated song ever. To me, his 2nd after "The River".
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23Darkness On the Edge of Town Listen to sample

24Incident 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.
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25Tougher 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
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26Prove It All Night Listen to sample

27Highway Patrolman Listen to sample

28Lost 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
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29Long Walk Home
One of the best song I ever heart
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30We Take Care of Our Own
Great song combined with the new elements of music with classic springsteen quality. Doubtfully the best song ever
The most modern of the most modern instances with classic mellodious tunes, first song I heard of bruce springstee!
This song is the most catchy song of his and surely doesn't deserve to be 21st in the rankings. Definitely in the top 10.
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Top 10 for moi. Dave
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32Thundercrack Listen to sample

33Independence Day Listen to sample

34Lucky Town Listen to sample

35Candy'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!
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36New 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..
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37My Hometown
Tells a great story with intriguing lyrics, should be ranked higher.
Awesome song should be higher
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38Girls in Their Summer Clothes Listen to sample

39I Wanna Marry You Listen to sample

40Working On a Dream
No. 9? Seriously? This is crazy man. Beautiful lyrics, beautiful voice. Amazing!
Should be at the top ten and not at 39..
The most beautiful song and lyrics by Bruce:) Absolutely love it.
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41Blinded by The Light Listen to sample

42Secret Garden
Great song, smooth, calm and soothing to listen. With the background of Jerry Maguire. Top notch

43Cadillac Ranch
A fun song about dating, racing, and the famous Cadillac Ranch on Route 66.


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44Bobby 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.
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45The Ghost of Tom Joad
One of the most beautiful songs with amazing lyrics.
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46Radio 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!
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47Pink Cadillac Listen to sample

48American Land Listen to sample

49Wrecking Ball
One of the best songs of Bruce, so strong and powerful simply great
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50Murder Incorporated
This song flat-out rocks.
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51Sherry Darling Listen to sample

52Cover Me
Seriously?! Cover me is No. 56?!
One of his BEST EVER!
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53My City of Ruins
Great song.. Should be up
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54Downbound Train Listen to sample

55Into the Fire
A tribute to the 9/11 lives that were sacrificed trying to save others.


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57I 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.
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58The 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.
One of his 5 best songs without any doubt. I wonder why it's ranked 20th...
His best song, clearly! Come on up for the rising! :D :D
Bruce Springsteen still rocks and will forever!
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59Out In the Street Listen to sample

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61Mary'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
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62Spirit In the Night
Amazing song - classic Bruce!
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63Dream Baby Dream Listen to sample

64The Price You Pay Listen to sample

65Better Days
Great rhythm fun song
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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!
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69Land of Hope and Dreams Listen to sample

70Breakaway Listen to sample

71You'll Be Comin' Down Listen to sample

72Loose 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...
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73Reason To Believe
A simple song of faith, hope, and love in the midst of depression, fatalism, and loss.


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74Across the Border Listen to sample

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76No 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...
Surely has to be one of his better track "No retreat, no surrender"
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77Rocky Ground
Best 2012's song and one of Springsteen's best. Should be ranked higher :/
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78Two Hearts Listen to sample

79Point 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")
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81The Fuse
The fuse is burning, shut up the lights.
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82Drive 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!
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83Growin' Up
The acoustic guitar in this song is amazing
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84High Hopes Listen to sample

85This Hard Land
Got to get up the list
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86Brothers Under the Bridge Listen to sample

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88My Lover Man Listen to sample

89Devil's Arcade Listen to sample

90The Last Carnival Listen to sample

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92Walk Like a Man
Come on you guys. WLAM not even on the 80s?
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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.
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94Surprise, Surprise Listen to sample

95Johnny 99 Listen to sample

96Empty Sky
Its got the most beautiful tone of a mixed genre
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A hidden meaning behind this song, but so beautiful... Real magic flowing into our ears
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98I Wanna Be With You Listen to sample

99Frankie Fell In Love

100The Wall

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