Bruce Springsteen Albums Ranked From Worst to Best



They call him The Boss, but today he’s on the hot seat. We put his 19 studio albums under the microscope and rank them from the worst to the best. Jason …



source

Post Author: Listography

33 thoughts on “Bruce Springsteen Albums Ranked From Worst to Best

  • Jan Kögl

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    There are many times when Kramzer is spot on in his observations, but he just dropped on my list of cool people considerably when he called NO SURRENDER a filler track.

    hazy Davo

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Interesting achievement…

    Bruce Springsteen Becomes First Act With Top Five-Charting Albums in Each of Last Six Decades With ‘Letter to You’

    https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/chart-beat/9476652/bruce-springsteen-makes-history-with-letter-to-you

    Randy Hansen

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    I'm always perplexed that people think Springsteen is phony (as the anti-Bruce guy here- the one sans bandana-thinks). Based on what? Dave Marsh addressed this in the intro to his second biography on Springsteen, this strange cynical tendency to think that "non one can be that nice of a guy".

    Randy Hansen

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    57 Channels is a killer take on modern ennui. Can't believe people don't get this song. Plus the bass rocks!

    Robert Sinclair

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    1. Born in The USA
    2. Born To Run
    3. Magic
    4. Darkness on The Edge of Town
    5. The River
    6. Nebraska
    7. Western Stars
    8. The Rising
    9. Greetings From Asbury Park
    10. The Seeger Sessions
    11. Wrecking Ball
    12. Devils and Dust
    13. Letter To You
    14. Tunnel of Love
    15. Ghost of Tom Joad
    16. Lucky Town
    17. Human Touch
    18. The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
    19. Working on a Dream
    20. High Hopes

  • Ben Reel

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Where would u place Letter to you .
    Here is my top 20:
    1 Born To Run
    2 Darkness on the Edge of town
    3 The River
    4 Born in the USA
    5 Tunnel of Love
    6 The Rising
    7 The wild the innocent
    8 Greetings from Asbury Park
    9 Nebraska
    10 Western Stars
    11 Letter to you
    12 Ghost of Tom joad
    13 Devils and Dust
    14 Magic
    15 Seeger sessions
    16 Lucky Town
    17 Wrecking Ball
    18 High Hopes
    19 Human Touch
    20 Working on a Dream

    Alonzo Mosley

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Actually agree with your assessments , some good critical comments about his songs ,esp 57 channels its a shocker

    mike tomlin

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    I heard Born to Run, the song, in the mid 70's, about the only one of his I can recall. He struck me as someone fond of words who should probably have stayed away from music, similar to Dylan.

    Ken Zoby

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    1. Born to Run
    2. Darknes

    hazy Davo

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Oh and also maybe tell us where this new album would fit in your lists 👍

  • hazy Davo

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Hey guys, would love to see you guys review the new album Letter to You. Watch the film too!!

    neub4321

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    I was in college when Born to Run came out. I couldn't stand the hype at that time and thought it was overproduced. I learned to like some of his other records, and live in New Jersey now where his fans are almost everywhere.

    Zachary Popp

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    I agree that I'm not the biggest Springsteen fan. I listened to the first 8 and "The Rising." A lot of times I approach the record loving the concept of it and expecting to hear something amazing but what actually transpires is not as good as my expectation. The one album I connect with instantly and that I love for sure is Tunnel of Love. Born in the USA is also pretty good, and probably the next two, if only for energy, are Wild, Innocent, and E Street Shuffle, and Born to Run. I did not get the appeal of Darkness on the Edge of Town or The River at all.

    Kevin McArdle

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Bruce's new album just dropped, full E Street Band is back. Band sounds good, songs are good.

    Jim Berdadict

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Wild innocent e street shuffle's my favorite all the way. Side b's the best thing he ever did. Especially the stories to those lyrics, I mean they're fucking brilliant.

  • Jonas Kvinge

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    I agree with some of these, but I don't agree with Human Touch at the bottom, I think it's one of his best and should be among the top 5. It was really disappointing to see it on the bottom since it's one of my favorite albums, I think its better than Lucky Town. I think some of his newer albums are pretty weak, particularly Working on a Dream and Western Stars. Although I agree that "57 Channels" isn't a very good song, most of the other songs are very good. "Roll of the Dice", "Man's Job" and "I Wish I Were Blind" are very strong songs.

    My list is something like:
    1. Born To Run
    2. Darkness on the Edge of Town
    3. The River
    4. Human Touch
    5. The Ghost of Tom Joad
    6. Tunnel of Love
    7. Lucky Town
    8. Born in the U.S.A.
    9. The Rising
    10. The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
    11. Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
    12. Nebraska
    13. Magic

    Not sure what order to place the remaining albums, mostly the ones released after The Rising are at the bottom, never liked them too much except for Magic.

    Larry Vuola

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    My bad, I forgot to put ‘The River’ in my list. I would put it right after Born in the USA.

    Larry Vuola

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    I agree with most of the top picks. My top picks would be.
    1) Born to run
    2) Darkness on the edge town
    3) Born in the USA
    4) The Rising
    5) Tunnel of Love
    6) Nebraska

    However I don’t understand the hate for Human Touch. I always enjoyed that album quite a bit. I would much prefer to listen to Human Touch and Working on a dream over Western Stars. Bruce Springsteen singing country just doesn’t work for me.

    Gary Abrams

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    I.

    Michael Brinkers

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Springsteen, Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison, McCartney, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits….are my favorite artists. But the problem is that their prolific one-album-per year "work ethic" often represents quantity over quality. Also, when they self-produce their output, they have no objective "filter" to separate the "great" from mere filler.

    mark rigg

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Did someone say loose windscreen?

    John Ejdowski

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    You know I could write 100 ways you all got this wrong but just will list 3 …..there are so many to chose from and these are not the major ones but I won't go on. 1. Ranking Working On a Dream higher than Then Rising???? Already ur credibility is shot to hell. 2. Bruce's writing is PHONEY!! Proves you don not know the artist. 3. The River is NOT about the mid west buddy…it's Jersey through and through. Christ. If you are going to make lists like this, you better know the artist and you better know the albums. If not than just STOP STOP STOP

    ttmilbr

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    This was a really fun dive. Thanks so much for these, you young bucks are doing a great job with the old music (do U2!). Here's my top 5 Bruce.
    1. Darkness on the Edge of Town – a perfect album, not a bad song on it
    2. Nebraska – Bruce stuck his neck out and decided his demos were good just the way they were. So dark yet captivating.
    3. Born to Run – fantastic album, still don't like 10th Avenue though
    4. Born in the USA – Great album, lot of hits
    5. Magic – Devil's Arcade is the best Bruce song (IMO). Title track is great too. "This is what will be.."

    Glenn Richards

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Thoughts on Letter To You?

    Ian Rive

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Better live imo. Favourite recorded is The Rising then Darkness. Live in NYC is incredible-highlight is The River, then 41 shots

    Chris Catalano

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    “Very few albums on this earth that I like more”…yeah. Album made want to make music for life. Darkness on the Edge of Town did have an amazing clarity and ferocity of delivery though, and I adore the first two records for different reasons, but Born to Run it will always have to be.

    Joseph Bianco

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    I’ll take The River first.

    john blue

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    the guy on the upper right.. you must be kidding. "Born to Run" an A-?? pathetic

    Oppothumbs M

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    I don't like anthems so i don't like Bruce or Queen as far as that goes. I like nothing that much from Born to Run .. overproduced overblown trying to hard like Bruce did with the lyrics on the first two records but this bothered me more. But there are always a couple of good song on his 70s and 80s records I guess? So i will do his singles in no particular order:

    Dancing in the Dark
    The River
    One step Up
    Rosalita
    Atlantic City
    If I should Fall
    Murder Inc
    Hungry Heart
    Out on the Street (has a semi-anthem feel but i can like it too!)
    Lonesome Day (his last great song)
    Glory Days
    Born in the USA (OK another anthem)
    New York City Seranade
    Prove it all night on Youtube
    The Fever (no one mentions this?)
    Spirit in the Night
    Atlantic City (no one mentioned this?)
    4th of July, Asbury Park
    Born in the USA
    Darkness on the Edge of Town

    George Albertina

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    #1: "Nebraska" #2: "Born to Run" #3: "The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle.

    Father Damien Karras

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    Wow, the deaf leading the deaf.

    fox

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    white boys white boys music we all are so racional racist try real genius sly stone prince hendrix

    Stuff

    (November 22, 2020 - 2:45 am)

    You guys should do worst to best of Ramones Patti Smith Group and Moody Blues

Comments are closed.