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 Born to Run Cover Art

Without this song it would just be us Jersey Bums hanging out at the Stone Pony that would know about Bruce. Every kid in NJ understands this song. It broke my heart when Bruce lost his way with all the stupid liberal politics of California. He remains a prophet to us that watched him in thoughs early days. I remember the first time for me, bought the album and came home to tell my brother that Springsteen was going to be famous. He said no one from New Jersey ever becomes famous. Oh well. Thanks for the songs Bruce.

This is more a vote for the album then the song... Like Jungleland and Thunder road just as much... I just feel so fortunate to have grown up in a time when these Classic albums were released. 60's 70's. I feel so bad for the kids today... The auto tunes canned crap that is out there is so pathetic. It is not a generational thing because the music my parents listened to was damn good to!

The greatest song of Bruce Springsteen for sure, but I'm here to mention my favorite one, a duet from Bruce and Tom Morello, called The Gost of Tom Joad. If you love Bruce's voice, you'll love this song.

Definitely the youth anthem of the 70's. This timeless song of the Boss's will always live on as one of the greatest rock songs ever.

2 Thunder Road Thunder Road Cover Art

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?

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

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!

3 Born in the U.S.A. Born in the U.S.A. Cover Art

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

The 8 minute version is the best, he winds it up, winds it up then unleashes a phenomenal guitar "solo" worthy of Robert Quine at his best, backed up by Weinberg's drums and Roy Bittan's fairground organs. Extremely underrated as a guitar player.

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

This is his only decent song in my opinion. I'm going to get a lot of hate for saying this but in my opinion he can't sing.

4 Dancing in the Dark Dancing in the Dark Cover Art

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.

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..

This song makes me feel like I'm missing something in my life, but still I'm happy with it

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

5 The River The River Cover Art

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!

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.

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

6 Jungleland Jungleland Cover Art

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.

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

I can not believe that this song is not ranked higher. Best song ever performed and written. The sax solo in this song is performed by the very best and God most have had a finger in when he did it. RIP Clarence, best sax player ever lived.

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.

7 Streets of Philadelphia Streets of Philadelphia Cover Art

The lyrics are beautifully moving over that driving beat:
"I was bruised and battered, I couldn't tell what I felt.
I was unrecognizable to myself,
Saw my reflection in a window, didn't know my own face.
Oh brother are you gonna leave me wastin' away
On the Streets of Philadelphia...
I walked the avenue, 'til my legs felt like stone,
I heard the voices of friends vanished and gone,
At night I could hear the blood in my veins,
Just as black and whispering as the rain,
On the Streets of Philadelphia..."
This is his best song - so moving.

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!

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

8 Glory Days Glory Days Cover Art

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.

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

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

9 I'm on Fire I'm on Fire Cover Art

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.

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

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!

10 Badlands Badlands Cover Art

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.

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

The second best Bruce Springsteen song, a powerful awesome song!

The Contenders

11 Racing in the Street Racing in the Street Cover Art

Per Bruce himself, this is one of this top 5, nothing more need be said...incredible lyrics with music that simply does not leave your head

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

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.

12 Hungry Heart Hungry Heart Cover Art

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'

13 Backstreets Backstreets Cover Art

One of the four posts that 'Born To run' was built on (back when it was vinyl): Thunder Road, Backstreets, Born to Run and Jungleland. Not as strong as Jungleland but holds its own against Born to Run. Strong lyrics, heartbreaking story, and every bit what I felt when my Terry broke up with me. Empathy became song. After more than thirty years it's *still* in my song rotation. That groove on my vinyl recording is completely worn out. What a song!

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.

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.

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.

14 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) Cover Art

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.

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.

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

15 Atlantic City Atlantic City Cover Art

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

The best Nebraska song top 10 at THE VERY LEAST

16 Waitin' On a Sunny Day Waitin' On a Sunny Day Cover Art

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.

What a great happy song! Brilliant to play on a sunny day!

Pure Heartland Rock, and 100% Springsteen!

Really underrated song

17 Radio Nowhere Radio Nowhere Cover Art

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!

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!

18 The Promised Land The Promised Land Cover Art

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!

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!

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.

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

19 Brilliant Disguise Brilliant Disguise Cover Art

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.

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.

My favorite of him at the moment!

20 Darkness on the Edge of Town Darkness on the Edge of Town Cover Art

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”

21 Human Touch Human Touch Cover Art

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 hurt..show me somebody who ain’t”...love it!

22 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out Cover Art

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!

23 I'm Goin' Down I'm Goin' Down Cover Art

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!

24 My City of Ruins My City of Ruins Cover Art

Great song.. Should be up

25 My Hometown My Hometown Cover Art

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

Awesome song should be higher

I think this is number 1

Favourite song!

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