Saturday, March 8, 2014

Album representation broken down:
Born to Run was obviously well represented, both in terms of numbers and rankings (7 total; 3 in the top 10). Tracks had the highest number in terms of song representation, but the reason is obvious - it is a four-record set. I thought about listing just the numbers of songs per album, but I decided to put it into better context and include the total number of original songs on each album. Seven out of the eight songs on Born to Run are on the list while only two out of the 14 songs on Human Touch made the cut.
Two of the songs on my list (Protection and Seeds) aren't part of any studio album although the latter was part of the Live '75-'85 collection.

Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
5 of 9

The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
4 of 7

Born to Run
7 of 8

Darkness on the Edge of Town
7 of 10

The River
10 of 20

Nebraska
3 of 10

Born in the U.S.A.
7 of 12

Tunnel of Love
2 of 12

Lucky Town
4 of 10

Human Touch
2 of 14

Greatest Hits (previously unreleased tracks plus Streets of Philadelphia)
3 of 5

The Ghost of Tom Joad
2 of 12

Tracks (including 18 Tracks, excluding The Promise and This Hard Land)
11 of 67

The Rising
5 of 15

The Essential Bruce Springsteen (Disc 3 only, minus reworked Countin' on a Miracle and 2 covers)
2 of 9

Devils & Dust
4 of 12

Magic
5 of 12

Working on a Dream
3 of 13

The Promise
5 of 22

Wrecking Ball
4 of 13

High Hopes (excluding 3 covers)
3 of 9


I didn't study the Rolling Stone list all that closely before I started working on mine. I didn't want to find myself thinking twice about where I was ranking certain songs or whether I had made any major oversights. I'm sure others who are passionate about Bruce's music will find objectionable things on both. I was actually surprised at the number of songs on the RS list that were absent on mine (38).

Below is Rolling Stone's list:

100 - Fire*
99 - American Land*
98 - Brothers Under the Bridge*
97 - County Fair*
96 - Long Walk Home
95 - All That Heaven Will Allow*
94 - If I Was the Priest*
93 - The E Street Shuffle*
92 - Sad Eyes*
91 - Ramrod
90 - Back in Your Arms
89 - Blinded By the Light*
88 - Devils & Dust
87 - Bobby Jean
86 - Restless Nights
85 - Fade Away*
84 - Pink Cadillac*
83 - Lonesome Day
82 - Drive All Night
81 - Night
80 - Out in the Street
79 - The Ties That Bind
78 - My Hometown
77 - Two Faces*
76 - Roulette*
75 - We Are Alive*
74 - Johnny Bye Bye*
73 - Rocky Ground*
72 - Gypsy Biker
71 - Jack of All Trades
70 - Better Days*
69 - Cadillac Ranch*
68 - Your Own Worst Enemy*
67 - Seeds
66 - Glory Days*
65 - Walk Like a Man*
64 - American Skin (41 Shots)
63 - She’s the One
62 - Radio Nowhere*
61 - Point Blank*
60 - You’re Missing
59 - Reason to Believe
58 - Loose Ends*
57 - Girls in Their Summer Clothes
56 - Lucky Town
55 - Independence Day
54 - Streets of Fire*
53 - Hungry Heart
52 - I’m Goin’ Down*
51 - One Step Up*
50 - Death to My Hometown*
49 - Johnny 99*
48 - Growin’ Up
47 - Lost in the Flood
46 - This Hard Land
45 - Candy’s Room
44 - Downbound Train
43 - Wrecking Ball
42 - Meeting Across the River*
41 - If I Should Fall Behind
40 - Youngstown
39 - My City of Ruins
38 - For You
37 - No Surrender
36 - Shut Out the Light
35 - Tougher Than the Rest
34 - Adam Raised a Cain*
33 - Spirit in the Night
32 - Because the Night
31 - New York Serenade*
30 - Wreck on the Highway
29 - Brilliant Disguise
28 - The Rising*
27 - Highway Patrolman*
26 - Tunnel of Love*
25 - Stolen Car
24 - Streets of Philadelphia
23 - Land of Hope and Dreams
22 - Dancing in the Dark
21 - I’m on Fire
20 - Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
19 - The Promise
18 - State Trooper*
17 - Incident on 57th Street
16 - Prove it All Night
15 - 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
14 - Nebraska*
13 - Jungleland
12 - The Ghost of Tom Joad
11 - Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
10 - The Promised Land
9 - Born in the U.S.A.
8 - Darkness on the Edge of Town
7 - Atlantic City
6 - Backstreets
5 - The River
4 - Racing in the Street
3 - Thunder Road
2 - Badlands
1 - Born to Run

*denotes which songs were left off my list

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