Are these the 5 best Springsteen songs? Rolling Stone thinks so
The good thing about a list like Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time is that it’s subjective. You can have heated arguments and arguments and never be right or wrong. Another great thing about Rolling Stone is that people are talking about Rolling Stone.
It’s not a list they make every year. In fact, the last time they did it was in 2004. A guy named Kanye West had just released his debut album that year, James Brown was alive and performing, and as Rolling points out Stone, Billie Eilish was 3 years old.
They came out with a new top 500 list and new people made the cut. People like Lizzo (“Truth Hurts”), Lil Nas X (“Old Town Road”) and, speaking of the devil, Billie Eilish (“Bad Guy”).
Here in New Jersey our own rock god Bruce Springsteen made the cut anyway with 5 songs on the roster.
But if you’re a die-hard Bruce fan, ask yourself if these really are Springsteen’s best songs. I give the title and its ranking among the 500 greatest songs of all time from Rolling Stone.
“Rosalita (Come out tonight)”
Is there a more hopeful line in a rock love song than …
Well tell her it’s her last chance to have her girl in a nice romance
‘Cause the record company, Rosie, just gave me a big head start
It is certainly one of his best. Look for the clip where Louis CK is on Conan talking about his hatred for cellphones when he embarks on a nice essay about how feeling this song’s crescendo gives you and maybe you will understand.
How this song ranks higher than “Jungleland” is beyond me. It’s a good song. It’s sincere and it’s an ode to something so Jersey, of course. But it’s not even among Bruce’s 20 best songs let alone the 5 best.
“Road of thunder”
This song is a masterpiece, but my unpopular take is that the “Born To Run” version is not the version to like. If you want to feel the power of Mary’s dress swaying and what she does to a man, listen to the slower version of “In Concert / MTV Plugged”.
“Born to run”
Huge Rolling Stone accolades for placing him so high on their list. It was ahead of stuff from Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, etc. Not too bad for a Jersey bum.
But his best tips? I think the best thing about Springsteen is the one that has never been aired on the radio.
“Drive All Night” and “Stolen Car” from “The River”.
“The Promise” on “18 Tracks”.
“Valentine’s Day” from “Tunnel of Love”.
or “Racing In The Street” on “Darkness On The Edge Of Town”.
And like I said, since everything is subjective, prove me wrong.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski. All opinions expressed are those of Jeff Deminski.