Thursday 9/23/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Bruce Springsteen Top 30 Hits

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He has released twenty studio albums, many of which feature his backing band, the E Street Band. Originally from the Jersey Shore, he is one of the originators of the heartland rock style of music, combining mainstream rock musical style with narrative songs about working class American life. During a career that has spanned five decades, Springsteen has become known for his poetic, socially conscious lyrics and energetic stage performances, sometimes lasting up to four hours in length. He has been nicknamed “the Boss”.

Springsteen has released records steadily since 1973, and is widely known for his brand of heartland rock infused with pop hooks, poetic lyrics, and Americana sentiments centered on his native New Jersey. The E Street Band have been Springsteen’s primary backing band since 1972 and have appeared on a majority of his studio albums and live releases. Springsteen also released one studio and live album with The Sessions Band.

Springsteen’s recordings have tended to alternate between commercially accessible rock albums and somber folk-oriented works. His most commercially successful period occurred between 1975’s Born to Run and 1987’s Tunnel of Love. 1984’s Born in the U.S.A. launched Springsteen into superstardom and the album went on to become one of the biggest selling albums of all time. It produced seven top-10 hit singles, tied for the most ever with Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. Springsteen has steadily maintained a loyal audience since his 80s success, and experienced a renewed commercial strength since 2002’s The Rising, the first in a string of consecutive successful albums following a 1999 reunion with The E Street Band with whom he parted ways in 1988. 2014’s High Hopes was Springsteen’s eleventh #1 album placing him at third all-time for most #1 albums ever trailing only Jay-Z (13) and The Beatles (19). He achieved his eleventh #1 album in the UK with his next release, 2019’s Western Stars, which saw him join Elvis Presley and Robbie Williams on eleven UK #1s, trailing only Madonna (12) and The Beatles (15). On October 25, 2019, Springsteen released a theatrical film for Western Stars which marked his directorial debut. The film was accompanied by the Western Stars – Songs from the Film soundtrack. On October 23, 2020, Springsteen released his twentieth studio album, Letter to You.

Overall, Springsteen has released 20 studio albums, 73 singles, eight extended plays, 23 live albums, seven box sets, eight compilation albums, one soundtrack, 61 music videos and 17 home videos. He has sold 64.5 million albums in the US, making him the 15th highest-selling artist of all time and seventh highest-selling male artist overall behind Garth Brooks (135 million), Elvis Presley (134.5 million), Billy Joel (81.5 million), Michael Jackson (81 million), Elton John (73.5 million) and George Strait (69 million). In 2014, Springsteen opened the Bruce Springsteen Archives and announced that he will release various shows from his past that have been digitally restored and remastered and, unlike the bootleg releases, officially endorsed by Springsteen himself.

1Streets of Philadelphia
2Human Touch
3Born in the U.S.A.
4Brilliant Disguise
6Dancing in the Dark
7Glory Days
8Cover Me
9My Hometown
10I’m on Fire
11Tunnel of Love
1257 Channels (And Nothin’ On)
14Hungry Heart
15The Rising
17I’m Goin’ Down
18Better Days
19Prove It All Night
20Working on a Dream
21The Wrestler
22Tougher Than the Rest
23Born to Run
24Radio Nowhere
25One Step Up
26Leap of Faith
27Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
28The River
29Lonesome Day
30Fade Away