After nearly 40 years in the music industry, most rock n' roll artist's careers slow down. But not Bruce Springsteen's. At the age of 62, "The Boss" is rocking sold out concerts and playing unforgettable music. With Springsteen's ability to write lyrics that reflect not only the working man's struggle, but also the mood of a generation, Bruce has attracted fans both young and old. His powerful words and rock n' roll style resonates with listeners and turns them into life-long fans. He is a talented singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and performer. He is the voice of the working man and inspiration to many. He is "The Boss."
9 Political Involvement
8 The E-Street Band
7 Album Sales
5 Music for the Middle Class
From humble beginnings in Freehold, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen saw and understood the life of working middle-class families. That understanding translated into his music from his very first album in 1973. Songs like "Thunder Road," "Badlands," "Born in the USA," and "Darkness on the Edge of Town" ring with a longing for something more. Even as Springsteen’s fame grew, his songs remained connected to the heart of the middle-class and the turmoil of the country. In his album The Rising, that was released after the tragedy of September 11th, Bruce sings of faith and hope. And on his latest album, High Hopes, some songs sound almost like hymnals, as Bruce allows his Catholic background to guide his lyrics.
4 Concert Sales
3 The Fans
For those who cherish the rough voice of Springsteen and hold tight to his lyrics of hope, listening to him belt out songs like "Badlands" and "Thunder Road" brings a whole lot of joy. Bruce's fans are wide reaching and span from those who lived through the horror of the Vietnam War and those who are just now emerging from adolescence and searching for understanding in a song. Some fans, such as the collaborators of E Street Radio, which is a satellite station, plays no other artists but Bruce Springsteen. They have been doing so since 2005. Other fans, such as the members of the Asbury Park Public Library, take to keep every book, article, magazine, newspaper, album, etc. in mint condition for the public. To date there are over 100,000 pieces of memorabilia in the Bruce Springsteen section of the library. And then there are the thousands of female Bruce fans who adore him for the way he can describe love, need, and desire without ever having to actually say the word love.
2 High Hopes
While Bruce Springsteen may have created a name for himself with rock n’ roll hits like "Born in the USA" and "Badlands," his 18th and most recent album High Hopes shows that even “The Boss” can change his style. Still featuring the E-Street Band, the High Hopes album was recorded in New Jersey, LA, Atlanta, Australia, and New York City. Unlike previous albums, High Hopes comes with a different sound and a new face. After meeting Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Springsteen invited the edgy guitar player to become part of his most recent album. Morello's performance on "The Ghost of Tom Joad" is perhaps the most impressive of the entire album. The album also includes music from the late Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici.
1 Live Performances
Bruce Springsteen's albums might bring in listeners, but his concerts turn listeners into life-long fans. In a time of fancy stage choreography, flashy wardrobes, and shiny lights, an artist's music can become secondary during their concert. But not with Springsteen. There are no pauses, no breaks, and no intermissions during his concerts. There are no wardrobe or set changes. When the lights go down and the blaring glow of the stage spotlight shines down him, Bruce Springsteen keeps it simple. He sings, he plays his guitar, and he connects with his audience through his songs and pure dynamic energy. He works the crowd in magnetic fashion. And he doesn't stop. For three heart-pumping hours he sings. And the audience sings right along with him. With sweat dripping, Springsteen embodies a true performer. His music is moving and his concert leaves his fans holding onto every strum of his guitar and every word he sings. He is an entertainer enjoying every moment of time spent bringing his music to his fans. He is without a doubt, "The Boss."