Bruce Springsteen

Sep 23, 1949

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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Nicknamed “the Boss”, he has released 21 studio albums during a career spanning six decades, most of which feature his backing band, the E Street Band. Springsteen is a pioneer of heartland rock, a genre combining mainstream rock music with poetic and socially conscious lyrics that feature narratives primarily concerning working class American life. He is known for his descriptive lyrics and energetic concerts, which sometimes last over four hours.

Springsteen released his first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, in 1973. Although both were well-received by critics, neither earned him a large audience. He then changed his style and achieved worldwide popularity with Born to Run (1975). This was followed by Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) and The River (1980); The River was Springsteen’s first album to top the Billboard 200 chart. After the solo effort Nebraska (1982), he reunited with the E Street Band for Born in the U.S.A. (1984), which became his most commercially successful album and the 23rd-best selling album of all time as of 2024. All seven singles from Born in the U.S.A. reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, including the title track. Springsteen mostly hired session musicians for the recording of his next three albums, Tunnel of Love (1987), Human Touch (1992), and Lucky Town (1992). He reassembled the E Street Band for Greatest Hits (1995), then solo recorded the acoustic album The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995), and the EP Blood Brothers (1996).

Seven years after releasing The Ghost of Tom Joad, the longest gap between any of his studio albums, Springsteen released The Rising (2002), which he dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks. He released two more folk albums, Devils & Dust (2005) and We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006), followed by two more albums with the E Street Band, Magic (2007) and Working on a Dream (2009). The next two albums, Wrecking Ball (2012) and High Hopes (2014), topped album charts worldwide. From 2017 to 2018, and again in 2021, Springsteen performed a critically acclaimed show Springsteen on Broadway, in which he performed some of his songs and told stories from his 2016 autobiography; an album version from the Broadway performances was released in 2018. He then released the solo Western Stars (2019), Letter to You (2020) with the E Street Band, and a solo covers album Only the Strong Survive (2022). Letter to You reached No. 2 in the U.S., making Springsteen the first artist to release a Top 5 album across six consecutive decades.

One of the album era’s most prominent musicians, Springsteen has sold more than 71 million albums in the U.S. and over 140 million worldwide, making him the 27th best-selling music artist of all time as of 2024. He has earned 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Special Tony Award. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009, was named MusiCares person of the year in 2013, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2016 and the National Medal of Arts by President Joe Biden in 2023. In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked him 23rd on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, which described him as being “the embodiment of rock & roll”.

Bruce Springsteen (left) and Paul McCartney backstage at the 2012 Grammys in Los Angeles. (KEVIN MAZUR/WIREIMAGE)
From Twitter – Rockin’ out with The Boss–Sounded so good we had to do it twice! #OneOnOne
From Paul McCartney on Twitter: Paul headlining Glastonbury at the Pyramid Stage on Saturday 25th June #PaulMcCartneyAtGlasto – Credit: © 2022 MPL Communications Ltd/ Photographer: MJ Kim
From Twitter – Glory Days with Bruce Springsteen #PaulMcCartneyGotBack #springsteen – Met Life Stadium
From Paul McCartney shares ‘magical’ Glastonbury memories and exclusive photos – BBC News – Rehearsing Glory Days with Bruce Springsteen, just a few hours before stage time
From Paul McCartney shares ‘magical’ Glastonbury memories and exclusive photos – BBC News – Getting ready for show time
From The Guardian – Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney at the Ivor Novello awards. Photograph: Dave Hogan/Hogan Media/REX/Shutterstock

Last updated on May 29, 2024

Songs written or co-written by Bruce Springsteen

Glory Days

Unreleased song

Concerts, TV & radio shows

Saturday Night Live - Season 41 - Episode 9

Dec 19, 2015 • USA • New York City • NBC Studios • TV show

54th Annual Grammy Awards

Feb 12, 2012 • USA • Los Angeles • Staples Center

Hard Rock Calling

Jul 14, 2012 • United Kingdom • London • Hyde Park

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 25, 2022 • United Kingdom • Pilton, Somerset • Worthy Farm


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