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Recorded: 1975 to 1995

Released: February 28, 1995

Rating: 3.988 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: heartland rock

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Album Tracks:

  1. Born to Run
  2. Thunder Road
  3. Badlands
  4. The River
  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


sales in U.S. only 4 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 600,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 5 million
sales worldwide - estimated 15 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 2
peak on U.K. album chart 1 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Born to Run (9/20/75) #23 US, #16 UK
  • Badlands (7/78) #42 US
  • Hungry Heart (11/8/80) #5 US, #28 UK
  • The River (6/13/81) #35 UK
  • Atlantic City (10/9/82) #10 AR
  • Dancing in the Dark (5/26/84) #2 HT, #1-6 wks AR, #4 UK. Platinum single.
  • Born in the U.S.A. (6/23/84) #9 HT, #8 AR, #5 UK. Gold single.
  • Glory Days (5/25/85) #4 HT (airplay), #3 AR, #17 UK
  • My Hometown (12/7/85) #6 HT, #6 AR, #1-1 wk AC, #9 UK. Gold single.
  • Brilliant Disguise (10/3/87) #5 US, #20 UK, #5 AC, #1 AR
  • Human Touch (3/21/92) #14a US, #11 UK, #8 AC, #1 AR
  • Better Days (3/21/92) #34 UK, #2 AR
  • Streets of Philadelphia (2/12/94) #7a US, #2 UK, #3 AC, #25 AR. Gold single.
  • Murder Incorporated (3/4/95) #14 AR
  • Secret Garden (4/22/95) #15a US, #17 UK, #19 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Greatest Hits
Bruce Springsteen
“Compiling a greatest-hits collection for Bruce Springsteen should be an easy task, yet Greatest Hits manages to miss the mark. Nothing from his first two albums is included, and the set includes such non-hits like Atlantic City and The River instead of hits like ‘Cover Me,’ ‘Tunnel of Love,’ and ‘Fade Away.’ In fact, a good portion of his hits are missing, as are important album tracks like ‘Backstreets,’ ‘Rosalita,’ and ‘Candy's Room,’ making this neither a straight hits collection nor a compilation of his best tracks. What's left are some of his biggest hits and best songs (Born to Run, Glory Days, ‘The River’), but not all of them, as well as four new tracks, the best of which is an outtake from the Born in the U.S.A. sessions (Murder Incorporated). Aside from ‘Murder Incorporated,’ the new tracks follow the synth-laden adult contemporary direction Springsteen began pursuing with Streets of Philadelphia, only without the lyricism or melody. So, it's a mixed bag, drawing an incomplete portrait of one of the prime rockers of the '70s and '80s. Casual fans would be better served by Born in the U.S.A., which encompasses all of Springsteen's sides” (Ruhlmann).

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Last updated March 29, 2008.