Bruce Week is here on 102.9 MGK and, I admit it, I was a bit of a late bloomer when it came to Bruce Springsteen. It took me seeing him live for the first time to truly understand and appreciate what everyone was talking about.
My first Bruce Springsteen show was at the Spectrum on September 18, 1984, the last of a six night, sold out run in South Philadelphia, and I was truly blown away from start to finish. It wasn’t just the song selection (he kicked off the encore with “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”– in September!), or the energy and excitement of the E Street Band that amazed me. It was Bruce, and his complete and total command of the 18,000+ crowd. Never before had I seen a performer captivate an audience like that. I finally got it. Since then I’ve seen Bruce two more times, and each time was a veritable party.
So, as we anxiously await news as to whether Thursday’s show is a “go” or not, here are my top 5 Bruce Springsteen songs. I find that a lot of Bruce fans don’t agree with my list. See what you think: