Writing at Vulture.com, Caryn Rose ranks all 314 Bruce Springsteen songs 1 from worst to first.
First things first: Rose found a break on one of the primary laws of Springsteen-fandom; there actually is a song worse than “Mary, Queen Of Arkansas” (from 1973’s Greetings From Asbury Park). I won’t ruin the surprise.
But otherwise, it was a herculean job. And by the time you get to the top 100, it had to be hard to rank ’em. But she did a decent job.
I said “decent”. Not perfect. There is no way “41 Shots” (#22) outscores “She’s the One (#24), among many other examples.
I’m here for the perfect. I’ll do the real top 10.
- Born to Run
- Darkness on the Edge of Town
- This Hard Land
- Racing In The Street
- Thunder Road
- The Promised Land
- The River
- Atlantic City
Still, a noble – and needed – effort.
1 That is to say, songs written by Springsteen that appeared on commercial releases. Sorry, Seeger Sessions and forty years of “Steel Mill” bootlegs.