album review

Track-by-Track: Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”

30 years ago last month, one of the most iconic American albums of all time was released and sent its artist into the realm of super-stardom. I’m talking, of course, about Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A., and with Independence Day coming in just a matter of days, I can’t think of a better time to look back on the album.

Born in the U.S.A. has sold over 30 million copies and has had seven Top-10 singles. Rolling Stone magazine called it the 86th-greatest album of all time, and the album cover is one of the most striking and memorable covers out there. Despite the acclaim, some fans see this as Springsteen’s sell-out album, coming off a streak of classic albums such as Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and Nebraska. Even Springsteen himself has expressed mixed feelings towards the album. While it made him one of the most famous musicians of all time, the “grab-bag nature” of the album, as he calls it, made him reassess his music writing process.

While the love-it-or-hate-it nature of the album has spawned countless debates among fans, there is no denial that Born in the U.S.A. contains some of Springsteen’s most beloved songs. Here, in Track-By-Track, we’ll review each track on the album individually and look at just how iconic these songs are. Continue reading