Friday 7/1/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A. (1984)

Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. It was released by Columbia Records on June 4, 1984. The album’s music was written by Springsteen and recorded with his E Street Band and producers Chuck Plotkin and Jon Landau at The Power Station and The Hit Factory in New York City over the course of several years. The process of recording the album was intertwined with that of his previous album, Nebraska. The cover featured an iconic photograph of Springsteen from behind, taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Born in the U.S.A. was met with positive reviews, which noted its more pop-oriented radio-friendly sound, and massive commercial success. It produced seven top-10 hit singles and was promoted with a worldwide concert tour by Springsteen. Born in the U.S.A. became his most commercially successful album and one of the highest-selling records ever, having sold 30 million copies by 2012. It has also been cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. The album received a nomination for Album of the Year at the 1985 Grammy Awards.

  1. “Born in the U.S.A.” 4:38
  2. “Cover Me” 3:29
  3. “Darlington County” 4:48
  4. “Working on the Highway” 3:13
  5. “Downbound Train” 3:35
  6. “I’m on Fire” 2:40
  7. “No Surrender” 4:01
  8. “Bobby Jean” 3:48
  9. “I’m Goin’ Down” 3:30
  10. “Glory Days” 4:15
  11. “Dancing in the Dark” 4:04
  12. “My Hometown” 4:34
  13. “Cover Me” 12″ 6:05
  14. “Dancing in the Dark” 12″ 6:04

Bruce Springsteen – lead vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar
Roy Bittan – piano, synthesizer, background vocals
Clarence Clemons – saxophone, percussion, background vocals
Danny Federici – Hammond organ, glockenspiel, piano on “Born in the U.S.A.”
Garry Tallent – bass guitar, background vocals
Steven Van Zandt – rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmony vocals
Max Weinberg – drums, background vocals
Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg – background vocals on “Cover Me” and “No Surrender”
Ruth Davis – background vocals on “My Hometown”