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The Best Bruce Springsteen Albums of All Time

Updated June 15, 2019 3.5k votes 537 voters 6.8k views19 items

List RulesThis list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Bruce Springsteen is one of the greatest rock singers and best singer/songwriters of all time. Though he's from New Jersey, "The Boss" personifies Heartland rock, with his blue collar storytelling and catchy tunes. He's primarily associated with the E Street Band, but broke from them briefly, during the period of the Human Touch and Lucky Town albums, both released in 1992. This list of the best Bruce Springsteen albums includes pictures of the album covers when available. The Bruce Springsteen discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Bruce Springsteen albums can be found at the top of the list. 

To make voting for your favorite records easier, we haven't included Bruce Springsteen singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Bruce Springsteen album isn't ranked highly enough, vote for it so it receives proper credit. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Bruce Springsteen album, vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know what is the best Bruce Springsteen album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from Born to Run (1975) to The River (1980) to Born in the USA (1984). These popular Bruce Springsteen CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

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  • Born to Run is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bruce Springsteen Albums of All Time
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    1. Thunder Road
    2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
    3. Night
    4. Backstreets
    5. Born to Run
    6. She's the One
    7. Meeting Across the River
    8. Jungleland

    Pitchfork score: 10.0

    • Release Date: 1975
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  • Darkness on the Edge of Town is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bruce Springsteen Albums of All Time
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    1. Badlands
    2. Adam Raised a Cain
    3. Something in the Night
    4. Candy's Room
    5. Racing in the Street
    6. The Promised Land
    7. Factory
    8. Streets of Fire
    9. Prove It All Night
    10. Darkness on the Edge of Town

    Pitchfork score: 9.5

    • Release Date: 1978
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  • The River is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bruce Springsteen Albums of All Time
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    1. The Ties That Bind
    2. Sherry Darling
    3. Jackson Cage
    4. Two Hearts
    5. Independence Day
    6. Hungry Heart
    7. Out in the Street
    8. Crush on You
    9. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
    10. I Wanna Marry You
    11. The River
    12. Point Blank
    13. Cadillac Ranch
    14. I'm a Rocker
    15. Fade Away
    16. Stolen Car
    17. Ramrod
    18. The Price You Pay
    19. Drive All Night
    20. Wreck on the Highway

    Pitchfork score: 8.7

    • Release Date: 1980
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  • Born in the U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bruce Springsteen Albums of All Time
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    1. Born in the U.S.A.
    2. Cover Me
    3. Darlington County
    4. Working on the Highway
    5. Downbound Train
    6. I'm on Fire
    7. No Surrender
    8. Bobby Jean
    9. I'm Goin' Down
    10. Glory Days
    11. Dancing in the Dark
    12. My Hometown

    • Release Date: 1984
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