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(Rolling Stone)   Bruce Springsteen's 100 greatest songs. Yeah, it's a slideshow, but The Boss is worth it   (rollingstone.com) divider line 70
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2014-01-18 09:16:07 AM  
He doesn't even have one good song, how can he have 100 great ones?
 
2014-01-18 09:21:54 AM  
No, no.  These are his 100 greatest... the fact that all of them sound worse than a six year old singing in the bathtub doesn't matter.

Just be glad it's not his 100 worst songs.  That's what they use for elevator music on the Vogon ships.
 
2014-01-18 09:33:53 AM  
#16 should be #1, in my book. Above comments = #2.
 
2014-01-18 09:36:06 AM  

Cewley: #16 should be #1, in my book. Above comments = #2.


Jungleland and Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out weren't high enough either. Easily top five.
 
2014-01-18 09:52:05 AM  

flucto: He doesn't even have one good song, how can he have 100 great ones?


Yep...
 
2014-01-18 10:56:29 AM  
Gad to see I'm not the only one who thinks he's ugly, sweaty and overrated.
 
2014-01-18 11:10:09 AM  
Alright. I'll say it.

I am not a fan.
 
2014-01-18 11:19:24 AM  
Sometimes a random thread comes along and restores my faith in humanity. There are others like me.
 
2014-01-18 11:35:20 AM  
Yeah, it's a slideshow, but The Boss is worth it

No, he's not.

Deslided
 
2014-01-18 12:32:59 PM  
Nobody is worth a hundred click slideshow, certainly not Bruce Springsteen.
 
2014-01-18 12:45:44 PM  
I certainly hope the list includes that song about his car.
 
2014-01-18 12:47:57 PM  
I warms my hear to see that he is still putting himself on the covers of his albums.

/not a fan
//much respect
///stop having yourself on your album covers
 
2014-01-18 01:05:47 PM  
I like his music for the most part. That said, 100 is way too high. I could cut that list down to 30 +/-
 
2014-01-18 02:14:07 PM  
I know Fire isn't his regular stuff, but 100?  Really?
 
2014-01-18 02:15:09 PM  
Bruce Springsteen sounds like Chad Kroeger after smoking 2 packs of Lucky Strikes
 
2014-01-18 02:18:46 PM  
No way I am slogging through 100 slides.

Instead here's Patti Smith singing the hit she co-wrote with Bruce.
 
2014-01-18 02:24:07 PM  

bearded clamorer: Yeah, it's a slideshow, but The Boss is worth it

No, he's not.

Deslided


Thank you.



I was about to say "List fails without Racing in the Street" before being surprised to find it at #4. While the song has deeper, more depressing meaning, I've always thought of it as a slow love song to a hot rod. Because that's exactly what the first half sounds like.

I'm seeing him at this year's Jazzfest. Even some of you don't like Springsteen's music or political personality, there is no denying the man's insane dedication to live shows. Dude is like 93 years old and still sweats his ass off for an average of 2 hours a pop. Stories of 3 hour shows with only a few minutes rest are common.
 
2014-01-18 02:31:23 PM  

dickfreckle: I'm seeing him at this year's Jazzfest.


That's some fine jazz there, Lou.

Oh, wait, it's the Jazz & Heritage Fest.

That's some fine NOLA heritage there, Lou.

/ I like the fest
// It needs a real name
 
2014-01-18 02:39:33 PM  
Springsteen is every bit as good a songwriter as Billy Joel.
 
2014-01-18 02:39:38 PM  
The Fever.
 
2014-01-18 02:43:37 PM  
If "Wild Billy's Circus Story" isn't #1, the list is a sham.

*looks*

Sham.
 
2014-01-18 02:48:55 PM  
The only 100-page slideshow that would be worth it would be pics of me getting to know Sofia Vergara, if you know what I mean and I think you do because, hey, we're all adults here.

Good day, sir.
 
2014-01-18 02:51:29 PM  
I would have flip-flopped #6 and #7 with #13 and #14, and done the same with #10 and #20, but that's my own personal opinion. The rest of the list isn't half-bad.
 
2014-01-18 02:52:03 PM  
He did have that Baltimore Jack song..
 
2014-01-18 02:54:12 PM  
ITT: Haters.  Because, Internet.
 
2014-01-18 02:56:10 PM  
Relieved that I'm not the only who finds Springsteen overrated. He can't growl his way out of a wet paper bag and his storytelling abilities are unimpressive. Got tired of hearing about "the yellow man" back in the 80s when MTV put his out of tune song in heavy rotation. Also it takes no talent to play rhythm guitar.

/NJ/NY people find him great
//Bon Jovi in same class as BS
///Almost forgot--both hail from Jersey Shore cast neighborhood--enough
 
2014-01-18 02:59:43 PM  

jaytkay: No way I am slogging through 100 slides.

Instead here's Patti Smith singing the hit she co-wrote with Bruce.


Co wrote???
 
2014-01-18 03:08:29 PM  

Mtop18: jaytkay: No way I am slogging through 100 slides.

Instead here's Patti Smith singing the hit she co-wrote with Bruce.

Co wrote???


Bruce Springsteen - 'I wasn't going to finish it, and she finished it." "It would have never seen the light of day, much less been the song that it is if it wasn't for her working on it, so thank you Patti.'

Patti Smith - 'It was so accessible, it had such an anthemic tone, it was in my key. I still tried to resist it but I filled in the blanks and in the blanks it tells the story of me waiting for Fred to call and of my love for Fred.'

Link
 
2014-01-18 03:09:03 PM  

Mtop18: jaytkay: No way I am slogging through 100 slides.

Instead here's Patti Smith singing the hit she co-wrote with Bruce.

Co wrote???


Ayup.
 
2014-01-18 03:17:51 PM  

jaytkay: No way I am slogging through 100 slides.

Instead here's Patti Smith singing the hit she co-wrote with Bruce.


Co wrote??? I dont think so. You people should be more informed. Even if you don't like his music,which by the way spans 50 years of rock,blues, soul, country, bluegrass, pop,folk,and,yes,even jazz, ya gotta respect the career journey he's been on. This is no 64 year old dragging out last glory,he is still writing relevant music. The live shows speak for themselves.
 
2014-01-18 03:19:59 PM  

phamwaa: Mtop18: jaytkay: No way I am slogging through 100 slides.

Instead here's Patti Smith singing the hit she co-wrote with Bruce.

Co wrote???

Ayup.


In the same way others co wrote covers. Slight changes. That's all. What's next, the Pointers Sisters co wrote Fire?
 
2014-01-18 03:20:27 PM  

Mtop18: jaytkay: No way I am slogging through 100 slides.

Instead here's Patti Smith singing the hit she co-wrote with Bruce.

Co wrote??? I dont think so. You people should be more informed. Even if you don't like his music,which by the way spans 50 years of rock,blues, soul, country, bluegrass, pop,folk,and,yes,even jazz, ya gotta respect the career journey he's been on. This is no 64 year old dragging out last glory,he is still writing relevant music. The live shows speak for themselves.


lol
 
2014-01-18 03:23:13 PM  

Mtop18: In the same way others co wrote covers. Slight changes.


Gee, I didn't know. Thanks for your superior knowledge. You must share with us. Which parts did Bruce and Patti contribute? Music and lyrics.

Be specific. Take your time.

Thanks in advance.
 
2014-01-18 03:30:29 PM  

jaytkay: Mtop18: In the same way others co wrote covers. Slight changes.

Gee, I didn't know. Thanks for your superior knowledge. You must share with us. Which parts did Bruce and Patti contribute? Music and lyrics.

Be specific. Take your time.

Thanks in advance.


Hey, not saying I know all, but I do know he's a bit of a paranoid control freak.
Not much collaboration at all.
 
2014-01-18 03:34:31 PM  

jaytkay: dickfreckle: I'm seeing him at this year's Jazzfest.

That's some fine jazz there, Lou.

Oh, wait, it's the Jazz & Heritage Fest.

That's some fine NOLA heritage there, Lou.

/ I like the fest
// It needs a real name


Yeah. Even though the 'fest has morphed into a massive outdoor romp featuring a slew of A-list performers, all of those tents are still full of real "jazz and heritage" music. My favorite is the Gospel Tent. I'm a non-believer but I spend hours every year listening to (typically black) folks just wailing and shredding and burning the place down with devotional tunes. Someone took a pic of me last year:

encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com



This is not how white people do church music. I think there's actually a law stating they must uniformly suck at it.
 
2014-01-18 04:02:02 PM  

viciousbackyardkiller: Relieved that I'm not the only who finds Springsteen overrated. He can't growl his way out of a wet paper bag and his storytelling abilities are unimpressive. Got tired of hearing about "the yellow man" back in the 80s when MTV put his out of tune song in heavy rotation. Also it takes no talent to play rhythm guitar.

/NJ/NY people find him great
//Bon Jovi in same class as BS
///Almost forgot--both hail from Jersey Shore cast neighborhood--enough


Uh wrong. The JS douches and skanks are not from Monmouth/Middlesex counties with the sole exception of Sammy STD (Hazlet).
 
2014-01-18 04:20:05 PM  
Oh, I checked in to see what fans of Bruce Springsteen would offer as reasons why he's so great.  Good to see I'm not alone in wondering how in the hell he became so popular.  His song lyrics are mostly awful, and he sounds horribly constipated in many of his songs.  Maybe it's just fondness of the baby boomers listening to him while they were stoned?

\never forgive him for butchering Pete Seeger songs
 
2014-01-18 04:26:33 PM  
He should have stuck to writing songs for Manfred Mann.
 
2014-01-18 04:37:10 PM  

TomD9938: He should have stuck to writing songs for Manfred Mann.


♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ...wrapped up like a douche...♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫
 
2014-01-18 04:41:16 PM  

dickfreckle: bearded clamorer: Yeah, it's a slideshow, but The Boss is worth it

No, he's not.

Deslided

Thank you.

I was about to say "List fails without Racing in the Street" before being surprised to find it at #4. While the song has deeper, more depressing meaning, I've always thought of it as a slow love song to a hot rod. Because that's exactly what the first half sounds like.

I'm seeing him at this year's Jazzfest. Even some of you don't like Springsteen's music or political personality, there is no denying the man's insane dedication to live shows. Dude is like 93 years old and still sweats his ass off for an average of 2 hours a pop. Stories of 3 hour shows with only a few minutes rest are common.


His average show is like 3 hours. When he was in Ottawa last year (first and defintely NOT last time I see him) it was 3 hours. He mentioned on jimmy Fallon this week that his shows were creeping up to 3.5 hours and their final show on this tour was 4 hours.
 
2014-01-18 04:44:36 PM  
fark Bruce Springsteen, he's an overrated, talentless hack who made only one good album, and his fans are loud, stupid and obnoxious coors light swilling nitwits.
 
2014-01-18 04:50:06 PM  

Death Whisper: fark Bruce Springsteen, he's an overrated, talentless hack who made only one good album, and his fans are loud, stupid and obnoxious coors light swilling nitwits.


/is a Springsteen fan, wouldn't be caught dead drinking any Coors product, gives poster -3/10 as a troll
 
2014-01-18 04:53:01 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-18 05:05:28 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Oh, I checked in to see what fans of Bruce Springsteen would offer as reasons why he's so great.  Good to see I'm not alone in wondering how in the hell he became so popular.  His song lyrics are mostly awful, and he sounds horribly constipated in many of his songs.  Maybe it's just fondness of the baby boomers listening to him while they were stoned?

\never forgive him for butchering Pete Seeger songs


Probably because he was big part of Real American music revival which "defeated" Disco uprising and Second English Invasion

Ironically..
 
2014-01-18 05:32:09 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Oh, I checked in to see what fans of Bruce Springsteen would offer as reasons why he's so great.  Good to see I'm not alone in wondering how in the hell he became so popular.  His song lyrics are mostly awful, and he sounds horribly constipated in many of his songs.  Maybe it's just fondness of the baby boomers listening to him while they were stoned?

\never forgive him for butchering Pete Seeger songs


Well, you hate the Doors and like Pink Floyd, so I put little stock in your opinion.

//one of the few times I can actually use 'favorited' notes in a post.
///Cheers!
 
2014-01-18 05:39:43 PM  
ITT: People not intelligent enough to understand Bruce's songs.
 
2014-01-18 05:40:02 PM  

John Buck 41: whizbangthedirtfarmer: Oh, I checked in to see what fans of Bruce Springsteen would offer as reasons why he's so great.  Good to see I'm not alone in wondering how in the hell he became so popular.  His song lyrics are mostly awful, and he sounds horribly constipated in many of his songs.  Maybe it's just fondness of the baby boomers listening to him while they were stoned?

\never forgive him for butchering Pete Seeger songs

Well, you hate the Doors and like Pink Floyd, so I put little stock in your opinion.

//one of the few times I can actually use 'favorited' notes in a post.
///Cheers!


Yes, The Doors are godawful, overrated hacks who got lucky when their singer died.  Pink Floyd had a few good albums but stuck around way too long.  I remain uncertain what either of them have to do with Springsteen.
 
2014-01-18 05:44:36 PM  
I've said it before: musical discourse is all about the fact that music is subjective.  There are plenty of acts I don't like - Neil Young, for one - but I don't go into every FARK thread that mentions him to piss on him.  That's what separates being a critical thinker of music and being a troll.
 
2014-01-18 05:53:41 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: John Buck 41: whizbangthedirtfarmer: Oh, I checked in to see what fans of Bruce Springsteen would offer as reasons why he's so great.  Good to see I'm not alone in wondering how in the hell he became so popular.  His song lyrics are mostly awful, and he sounds horribly constipated in many of his songs.  Maybe it's just fondness of the baby boomers listening to him while they were stoned?

\never forgive him for butchering Pete Seeger songs

Well, you hate the Doors and like Pink Floyd, so I put little stock in your opinion.

//one of the few times I can actually use 'favorited' notes in a post.
///Cheers!

Yes, The Doors are godawful, overrated hacks who got lucky when their singer died.


They were rather successful while he was alive.

Pink Floyd had a few good albums but stuck around way too long.  I remain uncertain what either of them have to do with Springsteen.

This is a music thread. You've made comments regarding your musical choices before. To me, those comments are germane to the current discussion. If they aren't to you, so be it.
 
2014-01-18 06:17:38 PM  

meddleRPI: ITT: People not intelligent enough to understand Bruce's songs.


All it takes is a Chilton's manual.
 
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