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Bruce Springsteen will turn 70 in 70 days — on Sept. 23 — and in honor of that, NJArts.net has created a special project: A list of his Top 70 songs, restricted to songs recorded and released after his 40th birthday (Sept. 23, 1989).

I will be revealing the songs, one per day, between now and then, starting at the bottom of the list. The No. 1 song will be posted on his birthday. Each song will have its own post, and I will add the links here as they are revealed.

I know, I know: There are already too many Springsteen lists in the world. But I thought this one would be different, and worth doing, because it could shed light on some gems Springsteen has created over the last three decades that have not received much attention or, in some cases, have been almost totally forgotten.

I am not making the argument that Springsteen’s recordings, post-1989, are better than the ones he made when he was younger. Few, if any, Springsteen fans would. Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Townremain my favorite Springsteen albums. I’m not going to argue that The Rising is better than The River, or anything like that.

But Springsteen has remained prolific and musically adventurous since turning 40, and it’s very possible that he has written more quality songs, between 40 and 70, than any other rock star or singer-songwriter. It seemed like a good time to acknowledge that, and to take a closer look at some of those songs.

Some ground rules: I decided not to include covers, so you won’t be seeing them here. I also excluded songs that were written and initially recorded before 1989 but not finished and/or released until after then. “This Hard Land” and “Murder Incorporated,” for instance — Born in the USA outtakes that were first released in 1995 — will not be on the list for that reason.

That leaves about 150 eligible songs, by the way.

So here we go, starting with No. 70 and working our way up. I invite you to continue checking out this post, between now and Sept. 23, as new songs will be added daily. And feel free to write about which post-1989 songs are your favorites, and why, in the comments section below,

49: “Shackled and Drawn,” from Wrecking Ball
50: “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On),” Human Touch
51: “I’ll Work for Your Love,” from Magic
52: “Souls of the Departed,” from Lucky Town
53: “You’ve Got It,” from Wrecking Ball
54: “The New Timer,” from The Ghost of Tom Joad
55: “You’ll Be Comin’ Down” from Magic
56: “The Wayfarer,” from Western Stars
57: “Gloria’s Eyes,” from Human Touch
58: “The Long Goodbye,” from Human Touch
59: “Hey Blue Eyes,” from the American Beauty EP
60: “Worlds Apart,” from The Rising
61: “Leavin’ Train,” from Tracks
62: “Life Itself,” from Working on a Dream
63: “Paradise,” from The Rising
64: “Good Eye,” from Working on a Dream
65: “Your Own Worst Enemy,” from Magic
66: “Tomorrow Never Knows,” from Working on a Dream
67: “Cross My Heart,” from Human Touch
68: “Heaven’s Wall,” from High Hopes
69: “I’ll Stand by You,” from the “Blinded by the Light” soundtrack
70: “Drive Fast (The Stuntman),” from Western Stars



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I'm going to try to remember to post the daily song every day.  I'll be on vacation Aug.11 for 9 days but will attempt to from my ship. 

I always liked Jay Lustig, a long time music critic and reporter.  He's a big Bruce fan and can be quite insightful.  I'm sure this will be an interesting series of songs, creating debate and comment. 

I'm going to skip the first 14 songs that we missed.  They are displayed above and of course comments are welcome on those Lustig choices.

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The SPL Rocks!

 

Pulled up to my house today
Came and took my little girl away!
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I was taking vacation to the moon. The cruise company provided Saturn 5, Apollo Command and Service Modules, and LEM Lunar Excursion Module. But then I found out no lunar rover! and BYOHS Bring Your Own Heat Shield. That was a deal killer. I didn't bother asking about the parachute, and who's Navy was going to pick me up after splash down. Too problematic 1 star.  

people would jump onstage and grab me by the head and scream, ‘tilly! bootlegs!'"

tillywilly17 posted:

I was taking vacation to the moon. The cruise company provided Saturn 5, Apollo Command and Service Modules, and LEM Lunar Excursion Module. But then I found out no lunar rover! and BYOHS Bring Your Own Heat Shield. That was a deal killer. I didn't bother asking about the parachute, and who's Navy was going to pick me up after splash down. Too problematic 1 star.  

Cheers,

Hazy

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She said last night she read those letters...
And they made her feel one hundred years old...


tillywilly17 posted:

I was taking vacation to the moon. The cruise company provided Saturn 5, Apollo Command and Service Modules, and LEM Lunar Excursion Module. But then I found out no lunar rover! and BYOHS Bring Your Own Heat Shield. That was a deal killer. I didn't bother asking about the parachute, and who's Navy was going to pick me up after splash down. Too problematic 1 star.  

You appear to be floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
From here
You're sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And I'm looking into the night sky...smiling at you.  Related image

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Came and took my little girl away!
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How many songs did Bruce record since he turned 40?

Human Touch                  14
Lucky Town                      10
MTV Plugged                      2 (new)
Greatest Hits                     4 (new)
The Ghost of Tom Joad  12
Tracks                                14 (new)
The Rising                         15
Devils & Dust                   12
Seeger Sessions              13
Magic                                11
Girls it Summer Clothes  2
Working on a Dream      13
Wrecking Ball                   11
High Hopes                      12
American Beauty              4
Western Stars                  13

Over all                           162 songs since his 40th birthday. 

I thought it was less before I counted...

Mathias posted:

How many songs did Bruce record since he turned 40?

Human Touch                  14
Lucky Town                      10
MTV Plugged                      2 (new)
Greatest Hits                     4 (new)
The Ghost of Tom Joad  12
Tracks                                14 (new)
The Rising                         15
Devils & Dust                   12
Seeger Sessions              13
Magic                                11
Girls it Summer Clothes  2
Working on a Dream      13
Wrecking Ball                   11
High Hopes                      12
American Beauty              4
Western Stars                  13

Over all                           162 songs since his 40th birthday. 

I thought it was less before I counted...

And now for the sad part: How many songs did Bruce record that COUNT since he turned 40?

The answer may be more on the two-digit side, so your earlier estimation is quite understandable.

ralfsturm posted:
Mathias posted:

How many songs did Bruce record since he turned 40?

Human Touch                  14
Lucky Town                      10
MTV Plugged                      2 (new)
Greatest Hits                     4 (new)
The Ghost of Tom Joad  12
Tracks                                14 (new)
The Rising                         15
Devils & Dust                   12
Seeger Sessions              13
Magic                                11
Girls it Summer Clothes  2
Working on a Dream      13
Wrecking Ball                   11
High Hopes                      12
American Beauty              4
Western Stars                  13

Over all                           162 songs since his 40th birthday. 

I thought it was less before I counted...

And now for the sad part: How many songs did Bruce record that COUNT since he turned 40?

The answer may be more on the two-digit side, so your earlier estimation is quite understandable.

 

Further proof that Bruce is the Master of the Universe! haha

you old bastard.......69 and brain still working, doesn't need diapers...

people would jump onstage and grab me by the head and scream, ‘tilly! bootlegs!'"

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