Top Ten Bruce Springsteen Songs

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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!

Listen to it and you will understand why this is his best song. - Userguy44

The Greatest Artist of Mankind's Magnum Opus

The signature song of a great songwriter/singer. - rogertfeeback

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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!

Thunder Road is probably my favorite song period, even though I'm a 17 year old metalhead I can still appreciate the raw emotion and honesty The Boss pours into all of his songs. "You ain't a beauty but, hey, you're alright
Oh, and that's alright with me" is my favorite part of the song, not sure why but it is. Bruce's lyrics speak for everyone and everyone can relate to at least one song

Everything is perfect!

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?

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3 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.

It's really funny, that lot of people don't realize, that this is actually satirical song. Powerful and awesome satirical song.

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4 Dancing in the Dark

Nothing nicer than that syth riff all through this song, such a great tune, I remember hearing this when I was younger, and I was born in 2003, this song has been around forever..

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.

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5 The River

My favourite song ever

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!

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6 Jungleland

Greatest song ever recorded! I remember cruising as a teenager, the windows down and Jungleland playing full blast!

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.

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7 Streets of Philadelphia

This song is just so moving and evokes so much passion. It's truly beautiful.

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!

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8 Glory Days

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

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

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.

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9 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?!

Leave it up to umericans to get his best songs wrong this one should be top 10 for sure, I also like cover me. don't like this list at all, except dancing in the dark and born to run

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10 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.

Should be in top 3, come on!

Badlands hits hard, no bones about it. There's a kind of loving pain in it.

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The Contenders

11 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 most underrated song ever made should definitely be number 1 and that's saying something. No song by any artist is as perfectly constructed as this

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12 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.

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13 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!

Nah this deserves number 5, he’s cocals are actually good in this song

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14 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

Rosalita should be listed at top of this list. It should also be listed as a top ten love song. An excellent, aggressive "Rock and Roll" love story. When listening to the Springsteen lyrics, it's not only the content but the way he vocalizes them. You know he's crazy about her and he wants her to know it. Not all song writers can tell a exceptional story and harmonize it with great rock and roll.

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.

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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!

Really underrated song

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16 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

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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 Darkness on the Edge of Town

This easily makes the top 10 How it’s currently at 24 is beyond me ‘cause this is my top 10
10. “The Promised Land”
9. “Jungleland”
8. “Darkness On The Edge Of Town”
7. “Atlantic City”
6. “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”
5. “The River”
4. “Badlands”
3. “Racing In The Street”
2. “Thunder Road”
1. “Born To Run” - pos_van

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19 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

Yes, this song really needs to be moved up. Forget the meaning, the feelings, the message...this song just flat out ROCKS! Every time I hear this song, it does go on and on...but I don’t want it to end! “so you’ve been broken and been me somebody who ain’t” it!

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20 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!

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21 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!

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22 Cover Me

Seriously?! Cover me is No. 56?!

One of his BEST EVER!

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23 My City of Ruins

Great song.. Should be up

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24 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

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25 My Hometown

Favourite song!

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

Awesome song should be higher

I think this is number 1

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26 Atlantic City

The best Nebraska song top 10 at THE VERY LEAST - pos_van

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.

Sucha great song, love the harmonica

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27 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

Come on, this has got to be top 20 at least! This is one of his iconic songs!

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28 Adam Raised a Cain

Brilliant guitar... there’s a reason this was the last song heard in Sons Of Anarchy - pos_van

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29 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...

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30 Prove It All Night

Great song. Guitar, sax, piano, great lyrics and dchorus - pos_van

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.

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31 No 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...

In my opinion this should be in the top 10, a moving classic! 'Like soldiers on a winters night with a vow to defend, no retreat baby no surrender.'

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"

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32 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?

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33 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.

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34 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!

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35 Pink Cadillac

52? Should be in the top three - NightmareCinema

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36 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?

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37 The Promise

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

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38 Cadillac Ranch

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

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39 Better Days

Great rhythm fun song

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40 Spirit In the Night

Amazing song - classic Bruce!

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41 We Take Care of Our Own


Great song combined with the new elements of music with classic springsteen quality. Doubtfully the best song ever

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.

Gotta take care of this. Vote it up!

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42 Long Walk Home

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

One of the best song I ever heart

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44 Tunnel of Love

Not a big Sprigsteen fan but the lyrics of this one deserve a higher ranking

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45 Incident on 57th Street

Surprised that this song is so low down on the list. It is in my top three with Racing in the Streets and Thunder Road. The live version is just sublime. All the instruments and Bruce's story telling - amazing.

Perhaps the best song he ever did (but for sure not No. 35)!

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.

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48 Nebraska

Favourite Springsteen song on my favourite album

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.

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49 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..

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50 Mary'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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