Bruce Springsteen is one the largest selling and most-beloved artists from the post-Sixties period of rock. He has won 20 Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, and even an Oscar. He records and tours with his backup band, The E-Street Band, and has continued to record best-selling albums consistently since 1973. “The Boss” as he is known to devotees, is also known for his powerful and often extended live performances.

In 1984, Springsteen issued the album Born in the U.S.A., which was his most commercially successful album (and was the most popular of 1985). As with all Springsteen albums, there were various topics explored. Some were light, such as the baseball themed “Glory Days”. But others were more serious, such as the title track “Born in the U.S.A.” which focused on the effects of the Vietnam War on America. In an ironic twist, the song was appropriated by the Reagan campaign as a patriot theme.  Other popular songs from the album included “Dancing in the Dark” (which featured a young Courteney Cox in the music video), “Cover Me”, “I’m on Fire” and “My Hometown”. Overall, seven songs from the album cracked the top 10. The album has since sold over 15 million copies.

Springsteen continued to be a relevant artist even after the commercial apex. In 1993 he recorded the song “The Streets of Philadelphia” for the movie Philadelphia and won an Oscar.  He also recorded songs for The Wrestler and Dead Man Walking.  As a testament to Spingsteen’s longevity, he has had more number one albums in the last ten years than in any previous decade, and all of his albums have sold at Gold or Platinum levels.