Springsteen dominated the charts in the early to mid eighties and was popularly known as “The Boss”. This greatest hits compilation is a testament to "The Boss", and although a lot of fans will complain it has all the songs they already own, it shows the very talents of the diverse Springsteen.
I first was introduced to his music with the song “Hungry Heart”, and for years was not sure who he was but was determined to find out. "Dancing In The Dark", "Born In The USA", "Glory Days" and "The River" were played repeatedly during the 80s on a show called Ready to Roll. It gave me a taste of Mr. Springsteen and I have loved him since.
I think one of the problems fans have with this album is it actually has seven of his hit singles from his chart-dominating album, Born in the USA. Fans would like to hear the rarer tracks that were just as brilliant on Greatest Hits, but then you can’t win them all I guess. I see this CD as the perfect example of what Springsteen is capable of. For new Springsteen fans and those out there who don’t want to buy all his albums just for their favourite hits, this is the perfect album.
As mentioned earlier, it has all the songs that made him huge in the 80s – "Dancing In The Dark", "Glory Days", "Born In The USA", and "The River" as well as some of the brilliant tracks from the 90s: "Secret Garden" and "Streets Of Philadelphia".
One thing I do love about this album is that while Springsteen never fails to move far from his role as the boss, he can be diverse and never fails to sing about what is important to him. Springsteen not only developed a mass of fans for his lyrics and moody dark penetrating gaze but also for the fact he sings about blue-collar America, songs that people can relate to. He’s never been afraid to shy away from the political with his "Born In The USA" and "My Hometown" and that makes him even more endearing to his fans.
This album is one of my all-time favourites and it still makes me want to stand up and dance, or slam my fist in the air whenever I heard "Born In The USA" and "Glory Days".
Best songs on the album: "Glory Days", "Streets Of Philadelphia", "Born To Run", "The River", "Hungry Heart", "My Hometown", and "Blood Brothers".
In fact there isn’t a song on this album, I don’t love. I give this 5/5
Record Label: Columbia
1. Born To Run
2. Thunder Road
3. Badlands List
5. Hungry Heart
6. Atlantic City
7. Dancing In The Dark
8. Born In The U.S.A.
9. My Hometown
10. Glory Days
11. Brilliant Disguise
12. Human Touch
13. Better Days
14. Streets Of Philadelphia
15. Secret Garden
16. Murder Incorporated
17. Blood Brothers
18. This Hard Land Powered by Sidelines