Sunday, June 13, 2021

Bruce Springsteen: Top 100 Songs

Bruce Springsteen

Top 100 Songs

Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen on 9/23/1949 in Freehold, NJ. Known as “The Boss.” Worked local clubs in New Jersey and Greewich Village in the mid-60’s. Married to model/ actress Julianne Phillips from 1985-1989. Married Patti Scialfa on 6/8/91.

Has recorded and toured solo and with the E Street Band. Current members: Roy Bittan (k: 74-), Jake Clemons (sax: 12-), Nils Lofgren (g: 84-), Patti Scialfa (v/k/g: 84-), Gary Tallent (b: 72-), Steven Van Zandt (g: 75-83,95-), and Max Weinberg (d: 74-). Past members have included Clarence Clemons (sax: 72-11; died in 2011), Danny Federici (k: 72-08; died 2008), Vini Lopez (d: 72-74), and David Sancious (k: 72-74).

“Born to Run” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. Two of his albums, Born to Run (1975) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984), are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.

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Top 100 Songs Written and/or Performed
by Bruce Springsteen


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Born to Run (1975)
2. Dancing in the Dark (1984) #1 CB, #1 AR
3. Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
4. Streets of Philadelphia (1994) #1 CN

DMDB Top 2%:

5. Thunder Road (1975)
6. Blinded by the Light (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, 1976) #1 US, 1 CB, 1 HR, 1 RR, 1 CL, 1 CN

DMDB Top 5%:

7. Hungry Heart (1980)
8. The River (1980)
9. The Rising (2002) #1 AA
10. Brilliant Disguise (1987) #1 AR

11. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1975)
12. Fire (The Pointer Sisters, 1978)
13. Glory Days (1984)
14. I’m on Fire (1984)
15. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (1973)
16. Tunnel of Love (1987) #1 AR
17. Badlands (1978)
18. Because the Night (Patti Smith, 1978)
19. My Hometown (1984) #1 AC

DMDB Top 10%:

20. Human Touch (1992) #1 AR
21. Secret Garden (1995)
22. Cover Me (1984)
23. Jungleland (1975)
24. War (live, 1985)
25. Fire (1978)
26. Radio Nowhere (2007)
27. 4th of July (Sandy) (1973)
28. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out (1975)

DMDB Top 20%:

29. Prove It All Night (1978)
30. Atlantic City (1982)

31. Pink Cadillac (1983)
32. American Skin (41 Shots) (1999)
33. I’m Goin’ Down (1984)
34. Because the Night (10,000 Maniacs; 1993)
35. One Step Up (1987)
36. This Little Girl (Gary “U.S.” Bonds, 1981)
37. Fade Away (1980)
38. We Take Care of Our Own (2012)
39. Spare Parts (1987)
40. Trapped (live, 1984) #1 AR

41. 57 Channels and Nothin’ On (1992)
42. The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
43. Devils & Dust (2005)
44. Better Days (1992)
45. Light of Day (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, 1987)
46. We Shall Overcome (1998)
47. Racing in the Street (1978)
48. Working on a Dream (2008)
49. Because the Night (1978)
50. Murder Incorporated (1982)

51. Lonesome Day (2002)
52. Backstreets (1975)
53. Hello Sunshine (2019)
54. Blinded by the Light (1973)
55. Land of Hope and Dreams (1999)
56. Pink Cadillac (Natalie Cole, 1988)
57. The Wrestler (2008)
58. The Promised Land (1978)
59. This Land Is Your Land (live, 1980)
60. No Surrender (1984)

61. My City of Ruins (2001)
62. Bobby Jean (1984)
63. Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
64. Thunder Road (live with Melissa Etheridge, 1995)
65. Tougher Than the Rest (1987)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

66. Girls in Their Summer Clothes (2007)
67. Spirit in the Night (1973)
68. Spirit in the Night (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, 1975)
69. Stand on It (1983)
70. Rocky Ground (2012)

71. Wrecking Ball (2012)
72. For You (1973)
73. My City of Ruins (Eddie Vedder, 2009)
74. Gypsy Woman (1994)
75. Cadillac Ranch (1980)
76. Leap of Faith (1992)
77. My Lucky Day (2008)
78. Youngstown (1995)
79. Empty Sky (2002)
80. Candy’s Room (1978)

81. Growin’ Up (1973)
82. For You (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, 1981)
83. The Ghost of Tom Joad (Rage Against the Machine, 1997)
84. Outlaw Pete (2009)
85. Letter to You (2020)
86. I’ll Stand by You Always (2000)
87. Point Blank (1980)
88. High Hopes (1996)
89. That’s What Makes Us Great (with Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, 2017)
90. Johnny 99 (1982)

91. Jack of All Trades (2012)
92. Adam Raised a Cain (1978)
93. Missing (1995)
94. Waitin’ on a Sunny Day (2002)
95. Lucky Town (1992)
96. Independence Day (1980)
97. Chimes of Freedom (live, 1988)
98. Ramrod (1980)
99. Be True (1979)
100. All That Heaven Will Allow (1987)


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First posted 9/23/2011; last updated 6/13/2021.

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