With 30 million copies sold worldwide, seven top-10 singles and that iconic album cover, Born In The U.S.A. stands as Bruce Springsteen's most commercially-successful album and helped secure his legend as “The Boss” over a decade after his initial debut.
While Born In The U.S.A. is undoubtedly the most “pop” album of Springsteen’s catalog, it’s still not without important political and protest themes, with the title track being the greatest example.
While “Born In The U.S.A.” is obviously about the hard times had by Vietnam veterans in the years after the war’s end, it was commonly thought of as a patriotic song at the time, with the greatest example of the song’s misinterpretation being when President Ronald Reagan tried to use it as a campaign anthem during his bid for a second term in office. (Oops!)
Of course, the biggest hits of the album are without a doubt “Dancing in the Dark” and “Glory Days,” which are staples of classic rock radio and Springsteen’s setlist. They stand as two of Springsteen’s biggest singles ever, with “Dancing in the Dark” coming in at number two on the Billboard charts and “Glory Days” peaking at number five.
It’s still unreal that after all of these years, “Dancing in the Dark” is still the closest Springsteen has been to having a number one single. Of course, when you look at everything he has accomplished with this album, I think The Boss prefers Born In The U.S.A. having an enduring legacy as a whole album than just a number one single.