Top Ten Bruce Springsteen Songs

Though it's difficult to narrow down ten, this list is as good as anyone can submit. Vote for/add your favorites! Keep on rockin'!

The Top Ten

1 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. - rogertfeeback

Awesome song, and it's about 26 years older than I am.

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2 Thunder 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?

Arguably one of the greatest classic rock songs ever. Why you must ask? This starts off at a slow pace, yet gradually builds up. The lyrics are amazing, signifying a desire for change. It is in fact, "a town full of losers and I'm pulling out of here to win."

It's a hard choice. I love all the songs on the top list. I love almost everything he has made since 1975. But this song just has something to it. Maybe better than born to run? not totally sure

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3 Dancing in the Dark

I love this song, so catchy and it gets inside you and makes you want to dance!

Like born in the usa the lyrics are lost in the catchy beat buy they are very deep, one his greatest songs

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.

I like this this song Dancing in the dark

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4 The River

Awesome story of being a part of a family, falling in love, and being a young man in America. - rogertfeeback

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!

I don't understand how people can vote for another song than the river! Have you guys even heard of bruce springsteen!? Ask bruce which song's the greatest he have done, and he will say the river!

Heard this song close to 40 years ago and it still gives me goose bumps

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5 Jungleland

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.

My favorite! Everything is in it. When I hear that song it brings me in another world...some fantasyworld where I like to stay forever! That sax solo is really beautiful!
I hope more fans will discover this beautifull song!

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6 Born in the U.S.A.

The most misunderstood song of the 80's. - rogertfeeback

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 - Shake_n_Bake13

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


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7 Badlands

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

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.

Should be in top 3, come on!

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8 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

This track is Springsteen's best song bar none! Clements sax is truly wonderful.

The perfect song. There's not a single flaw, and everything is very delightful.

I do not think there is anything more fun then watching Clarence and Bruce perform Rosalita live. No that is wrong. Clarance and Bruce had more fun performing Rosalita.

THis spectacular track is not only raucous fun, but the story of youth, optimism, and innocence make for an inceredibly perfect song. Not a single flaw.

9 Streets 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!

Beautiful song

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10 Glory Days

I had a friend was a big baseball player back in high school he could throw that speed ball wild, make you look like a fool boy, saw him at this roadside bar I was walking in he was walking out we went back inside sat down had a few drinks but all he kept talking about


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

It tells a great story! And in my opinion it is one of the best Bruce Springsteen songs maybe behind Born in the USA and Thunder Road

How Is This 13?

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The Contenders

11 Hungry Heart

It's impossible to choose a favorite Springsteen song (not just for me, I guess) but I chose this one now because it's the song that ALWAYS makes me feel a little better when I'm sad and when I'm not sad, I listen to this song and it makes me feel super happy, haha! I don't know, it's just an outstanding positive song

Always loved this one... hard to choose between this one and Glory Days, because I love them both so much! They are so different, but there is just something... something about them...

AMAZINGLY AMAZING! Just can't help dancing, closing my eyes and dreaming when this song start... so beautiful, deserves at least the 2nd place!

Got a wife and kids in Baltimore Jack...I went out for a ride and I never came back. Like a river that don't know where it's flowin', I took a wrong turn and I just kept going'

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12 Racing 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.

The highlight of every concert where it's played. Lyrics are powerful, but the music is just the most beautiful I've er heard. The extended coda is something you wish it never ends

The version on Darkness is indeed good but it's the big band version that's the best in my opinion.

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13 Backstreets

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.

Wait up. This is usually one of the bad songs

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14 I'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?!

This is the best song by Bruce Springsteen, and I love him.
This song deserves the first or second place, if not, top #5. Please listen.
It deserves a listen.

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15 Waitin' 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 a great happy song! Brilliant to play on a sunny day!

It's great of Bruce keep it up lo u

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16 Brilliant 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.

My favorite of him at the moment!

17 The Promised Land

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!

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.

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!

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18 Radio 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!

Catchy and contemporary... That is why Springsteen has remained relevant and somewhat mainstream. He doesn't stay in the past, his sound evolves with the years. Radio Nowhere is one of his best!

real rock

19 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

Great joy filled song about how the band got together. They play it all of the time.

How is this so low? It's a classic and worthy of at least a top 5 nod!

20 I'm Goin' Down

Brilliant song. I haven't been a Bruce fan (mainly due to the fact that I haven't been very familiar with his music-- I'm more of a punk rock gal) but I ADORE this song & make everyone listen to it.

What!? I was expecting to come on this and see I'm going' down at least in the top ten and I see it at 112! - wolphert

21 The 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...

Springsteen touched our hearts with this song. It should be in the top 10, without a doubt

A Wonderful Memorial to Sept. 11, 2001 - about firefighters climbing the burning towers of the World Trade Center...knowing they were marching to their deaths.
"Can't see nothing' in front of me
"Can't see nothing' coming up behind
"Make my way through this darkness
"I can't feel nothing but this chain that binds me
"Lost track of how far I've gone
"How far I've gone, how high I've climbed..."
Move this (at least up 18) into the top 10.

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22 Human Touch

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.

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...

This is just the best

23 My City of Ruins

Great song.. Should be up

24 Girls 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..

Love it! Another muddy recording. FRUSTATING...

25 Youngstown

MASTERPIECE. " Smokestacks reaching like the arm's of God, into a beautiful sky of soot and clay".

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

A clasic, who is Bob Dylan?

26 Darkness on the Edge of Town
27 Atlantic City

Bruce always opens a window to a different point of view. The narrator is planning to do something bad at the same time he reminds his girl to keep warm. The little guy is playing a part in a much bigger world and trying to take control of his life in any (desperate)way he can. I work for a man on the Forbes billionaire list and as I drive to the workplace I pass day labor companies and immigrants waiting for the bus and blast this song. Play this when you don't get picked for the promotion!

A powerful song riddled with pain. Definitely up there.

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28 Prove It All Night

Simply beautiful with a fantastic guitar riff. Excellent sound; almost a cry for a new chance. Last verse gets me every time. The underdog trying in desperation to make something of himself for his girl. Fine tune.

29 Long Walk Home

Love this song. Too bad it is recorded so poor.

One of the best song I ever heart

30 Cover Me

Seriously?! Cover me is No. 56?!

One of his BEST EVER!

31 Working 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.

32 Incident on 57th Street

There is an incredible live version of this song, with full E-Street band, and Max and Roy in full swing, on the B-side of the War Maxi-Single. Unfortunately I was never able to get hold of a clean digital version (except the one I made myself in 1997 with a home-built 8 bit digitizer).
Great song, and the new wall-of-sound treatment of this song makes it even better.

The fact that this is so low makes me so sad.

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.

33 My Hometown

Tells a great story with intriguing lyrics, should be ranked higher.

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34 Adam Raised a Cain
35 Ramrod

Top 10 for moi. Dave

36 Independence Day

so true...

37 The Promise

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

38 Candy'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!

39 Blood Brothers
40 Downbound Train

Heartbreaking lyrics, great melody. Typically Springsteen.

Well, this 0.3 % got it right.
Blows those country songs away as far as the hopelessness of love lost and the struggle to carry on.

41 This Hard Land

As I write this is 41. It is, in my opinion, the best Springsteen song ever. Yeah, got to get it up the list. Funny though because the version most people would have heard would be from one of his Greatest Hits compilations (in the UK at least) but the killer version is the one from Tracks.

So my favourite three songs by Bruce (this, Born in the USA and Racing in the Street) are alternative versions of their album versions. And that sums him up. What a bloke.

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42 Better Days

Great rhythm fun song

43 New 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..

44 The Ghost of Tom Joad

HOW IS THIS NOT IN THE TOP 10?!?!? 1 Most underrated song about the falsehood of the American dream ever made

One of the most beautiful songs with amazing lyrics.

Should be muuch higher...! Great song, great lyrics, great music!

What 114?

45 Spirit In the Night

Amazing song - classic Bruce!

46 Cadillac Ranch

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

47 I Wanna Marry You
48 Lost 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

If Dylan wrote this, it would be considered one of the greatest ever.

49 Bobby Jean

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

50 American Land
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