Album #546 – Born In The U.S.A.

Album #546

What can I already say that hasn’t already been said about Born in the U.S.A.? 32 years after its release, we are still talking about it. Over 30 million copies sold, 7 top 10 chart hits in the US and one of the BEST concert tours of the decade. Now, THAT is a powerful album. But, the best thing about this album was that Bruce Springsteen was finally getting his due in the mainstream. The attention first surrounded him by the time Born to Run was released nine years earlier. He was called the next Bob Dylan and shook up rock n’ roll in a time where things looked bleak. Today, the Boss continues to influence artists and popular music. He wouldn’t have made a HUGE impact had it not been for this album. Bruce Springsteen was EVERYWHERE when Born in the U.S.A. was released. Radio loved this album and so did MTV. Like John Mellencamp, the Boss’s songs were desperately needed after almost four years of Ronald Reagan’s first term. Unemployment was very low and many were losing their jobs. The Boss understood what these people were going through. The songs on Born in the U.S.A. provided hope and strength to many. It’s sound marked a stark contrast from his previous work. Synthesizers and Phil Collins’ sounding drums ruled this record. It made the album rule the charts as a result. You also can’t deny how amazing these songs were. Many of them still get airplay in 2016 and show him at his creative peak. I can’t think of an album that has been released in the last couple of years that has had this much of an impact. Most popular albums are lucky to get a couple of chart hits but, very few have seven in the top 10. The best part: it hasn’t really changed him. The Boss still fights for what he believes in and is as down to earth as ever. He still plays to sold out crowds and does an amazing show. It is nice to know that he hasn’t forgotten where he comes from. Highlights include: Born in the U.S.A., Cover Me, Downbound Train, I’m on Fire, No Surrender, Glory Days, Dancing in the Dark and My Hometown. Overall, I give Born in the U.S.A., 4.5 out of 5.

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