Forget all this prediction talk about this year's summer hit. Today we're celebrating the 30th anniversary of the greatest summer album ever made, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's Born In the U.S.A.
. The iconic, 12-track album with an equally emblematic cover was released on June 4, 1984, as a follow-up to Bruce's dark and introspective '82 LP Nebraska
. In it, Bruce's sound evolved as his poignant tales were attached to clamorous and infectious pop melodies which led to the group's almost immediate commercial success.
When was the last time you went to a barbecue without hearing "Glory Days" blast over burgers while your Aunt Joanne did her best Courtney Cox shimmy
in the shallow end? Come to think of it, I'm not absolutely certain that I've ever been to a barbecue outside the borders of New Jersey, so this all might be a geographic anomaly, but I highly doubt it.
And you know, it is excusable to crack open a pre-noon beer if you're listening to Bruce. Let's celebrate!
1. "Born In the U.S.A."
2. "Cover Me"
3. "Darlington County"
4. "Working on the Highway"
5. "Downbound Train"
6. "I'm On Fire"
1. "No Surrender"
2. "Bobby Jean"
3. "I'm Goin' Down"
4. "Glory Days"
5. "Dancing In the Dark"
6. "My Home Town"