THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
549-Bruce Springsteen-Born to Run.
1975-Number 93 single. The song was also released as a live version in 1987, reaching Number 16.
Best Bit-At 3.04. In an episode of ‘The Sopranos,’ the character Christopher Moltisanti quotes the songs lyrics, saying,’The highway’s jammed with broken heroes, on a last chance power drive.’ This was an in-joke by the script writers, as Steven Van Zamdt of ‘The E Street Band,’ who provided input on this song, also played Silvio Dante in the Sopranos.
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born on September 23rd, 1949, in Long Branch, New Jersey, United States. With record sales in excess of 150 million, he is one of the all time worlds best selling artists, he has affectionately been nicknamed ‘The Boss.’ To date he has recorded 20 studio Albums between 1973-2020, his 1984 Album ‘Born in the U.S.A. has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
‘Born to Run’ was taken from Bruce Springsteen’s third studio Album of the same name. His first two Albums which were both released in 1973, were commercially unsuccessful, although critically acclaimed. In recording the song Springsteen (see also best songs 1040) earned the reputation for being a perfectionist, spending many months perfecting the song, which was inspired by Phil Spector’s ‘Wall of Sound’ production. Springsteen also acknowledges Steven Van Zandt for being partially responsible for the songs signature guitar line.Springsteen wrote the lyrics in his home in New Jersey.He recalled,’One day I was playing my guitar on the edge of the bed, and the words born to run came to me.At first I thought it was the name of a movie, or something I’d seen on a car.I liked the phrase because it suggested a cinematic drama that I thought would work with the music that I’d been hearing in my head.’ The lyrics tell the tale of a young couple who think that if they want a better life, then they have to leave town, to find out if their dreams can be achieved, like in the movies.
Springsteen played the song live for the first time on May 9th 1974,Rock critic Jon Landau was at the show and wrote,’I saw Rock ‘N’ Roll’s future, and it’s name is Bruce Springsteen.’Landau eventually became Springsteen’s manager.
‘In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream, at night we ride through mansions of glory, in suicide machines.’