"Born in the U.S.A.," which has been touted as Bruce Springsteen's most successful work, celebrates the 30th anniversary of its release today!
By 1984, almost a decade into his professional career, Bruce Springsteen was already a well-known musician with six studio albums in his repertoire. But his career soared to greater heights with the release of “Born in the U.S.A.” on this day 30 years ago. The 12-track album was recorded between January and March of the same year, and also featured Springsteen’s longtime backing band, the E Street Band. It was produced by Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, and Steven Van Zandt.
Springsteen himself appears on the album cover, set against the backdrop of the American flag and shot by famous photographer Annie Leibovitz. The eponymous single was said to have inspired Leibovitz to come up with this image, which is now known as one of the most iconic ones in pop culture.
“Born in the U.S.A.” was a massive success, with raves coming not only from the critics but the public as well. It was the US’ best-selling album of 1985 at 15 million copies; worldwide, the album reportedly sold a total of 30 million and entered the music charts in countries such as Australia, Austria, Canada,United Kingdom, Japan, and many more. Out of the 12 tracks, seven songs reached the Top 10 singles chart – a feat that Springsteen shares with “Thriller” by Michael Jackson and “Rhythm Nation 1814” by Janet Jackson. Anyway, these songs were Dancing in the Dark, Cover Me, Born in the U.S.A., I’m on Fire, Glory Days, I’m Going Down, and My Hometown. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the album at #85 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. More recently, Slant magazine ranked it the 35th best album of the ’80s. “Born in the U.S.A.” was also recognized numerous times by the music industry, winning awards and nominations from the American Music Awards, the Grammy, MTV Music Video Awards, Juno Awards, and Brit Awards.
And so to round up this feature, we’re leaving you with the music video of The Boss’ “Born in the U.S.A.”!
All information in this article were sourced from Wikipedia.