* CoveredUp: Springsteen didn't write "Jersey Girl", Music/TomWaits did.
** He was the first to record "Blinded by the Light," a cover of which became the signature song of Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
** His own "Because the Night" got covered up by Patti Smith (although she recorded it first).
** "The Ghost of Tom Joad" is now probably better known in the rather different Music/RageAgainstTheMachine version.
** "Pink Cadillac" is not a Natalie Cole-written song, though she did pretty much make it her own.
* CreatorThumbprint: Springsteen incorporates imagery and metaphors related to amusement parks, fairgrounds and carnivals (he called one album ''Tunnel Of Love''). [[WriteWhatYouKnow Appropriate as it was the Jersey Shore where Bruce developed a following]] in TheSixties.
** Cars also turn up frequently, as the CoolCar entry on the main page points out.
** As does travel. ''Glory Days'', for instance, begins with a mention of a truck-stop bar, and ''Jungleland'' begins with a "magic rat" crossing the Jersey state line. Within "travel", crossing county or state lines is common, presumably because this represents moving from one thing to the next.
* [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of HeartWarming]]: "Working On A Dream".
** "The Wish", an autobiographical song about his mom buying him a guitar for Christmas: "Well, tonight I'm takin' requests here in the kitchen, this one's for you, ma, let me come right out and say it, it's overdue, but baby, if you're looking for a sad song, well, I ain't gonna play it!"
** As noted on [[Heartwarming/TheDailyShow TheDailyShow page]], Jon Stewart dedicating [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-june-20-2011/moment-of-zen---remembering-clarence-clemons the Moment of Zen]] to Clarence Clemons after the Big Man's passing.
** Also Bruce's own tribute to the Big Man in the liner notes of ''Wrecking Ball''.
** The story about his father while introducing "The River" on the ''Live 1975-85'' set.
** "Terry's Song."
** "The Rising."
* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music Of Awesome]]: His section is [[AwesomeMusic/{{Rock}} here]].
* EnsembleDarkHorse: [[TheBigGuy The Big Man]], Clarence Clemons. Always introduced last, to the loudest applause. You could usually hear, on live recordings, a swell in the crowd noise when he got a solo. Also TheStoic and usually TheVoiceless, although he could and sometimes did sing.
** Steve Van Zandt could claim this now, but for very [[Series/TheSopranos unmusical]] [[{{Lilyhammer}} reasons]].
** Clemons sometimes toured on his own with a band called "The Big Man's Temple of Soul". And his shows were every bit as intense as Bruce's.
** Album variant: ''Magic,'' which had only two singles (neither of them hits) and was (allegedly) denied radio airplay by major radio stations, still managed to become his fastest-selling album of the decade thanks to its fan-favorite tracks like "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" and "Long Walk Home."
* EpicRiff:
** "Born to Run"
** "Thunder Road" (Harmonica)
** "Backstreets" (Piano)
** Jungleland (Piano/Violin)
** "Born In The U.S.A." (Synthesizer/Piano)
** The new version of "Land of Hope and Dreams" highlights a killer banjo / acoustic guitar riff.
** "Last to Die" (guitar; violin/keyboard live)
** "Radio Nowhere" (guitar)
** "Dancing in the Dark" (synthesizer/guitar)
** "Hungry Heart" (piano)
** "Badlands" (organ)
* [[FirstInstallmentWins First Big Hit Wins]]: ''Born to Run'' is easily his most popular song, and it is also one of his earliest.
* HoYay: Played for laughs with guitarist [[Series/TheSopranos Steve Van Zandt]].
** Seeing as "Bobby Jean" is about Steve leaving the band in the eighties, not ''just'' for laughs...
** He used to close "Thunder Road" by sliding across the stage, ending up [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything on his knees]] in front of Clarence Clemons, who would proceed to kiss him passionately.
** Clemons had a girlfriend who dumped him because she thought he was cheating on her with Bruce.
* IAmNotShazam: The protagonist of "Johnny 99" is named Ralph, not Johnny. The title refers to his [[DisproportionateRetribution 99-year prison sentence for trying to rob a nightclub]], which the song is about.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: There's a contingent of hardcore fans who dismiss ''Born in the USA'' because it was too commercially successful.
* LoveItOrHateIt
* MemeticBadass: Clarence. The story of how he joined the band: They were playing in a small club on a rather stormy night, he showed up and accidentally tore the door off its hinges and told Bruce "I want to play with your band."
** According to legend, Bruce's response was, "...uh, you can do WHATEVER YOU WANT, man..."
* MemeticMolester: "I'm On Fire".
* MisaimedFandom: How many times has "Born in the USA" been trotted out on July 4th or otherwise associated with some form of patriotism?
** "Born to Run" is considered one of New Jersey state's songs despite it being about, in Springsteen's own words, "about leaving Jersey.".
*** Notably, at the time, working-class [[CrapsackWorld Freehold,]] which he also somewhat bittersweetly skewers in My Hometown, and In Freehold.
* NightmareFuel: The last few lines of "Magic": ''On the road the sun is sinkin' low / Bodies hanging in the trees / This is what what will be / This is what will be...''
** From "Hey Blue Eyes," The line "in this house there's just the dust of bones, the basement's filled with lye." ''Very'' disturbing imagery.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Conan O'Brien's drummer used to be in a rock band?
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