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YMMV: Bruce Springsteen
  • Covered Up: Springsteen didn't write "Jersey Girl", Tom Waits 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 Rage Against the Machine version.
    • "Pink Cadillac" is not a Natalie Cole-written song, though she did pretty much make it her own.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Springsteen incorporates imagery and metaphors related to amusement parks, fairgrounds and carnivals (he called one album Tunnel Of Love). Appropriate as it was the Jersey Shore where Bruce developed a following in The Sixties.
    • Cars also turn up frequently, as the Cool Car 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.
  • 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 The Daily Show page, Jon Stewart dedicating 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."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: His section is here.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: 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 The Stoic and usually The Voiceless, although he could and sometimes did sing.
    • Steve Van Zandt could claim this now, but for very unmusical 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."
  • Epic Riff:
    • "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)
  • First Big Hit Wins: Born to Run is easily his most popular song, and it is also one of his earliest.
  • Ho Yay: Played for laughs with guitarist 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 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.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The protagonist of "Johnny 99" is named Ralph, not Johnny. The title refers to his 99-year prison sentence for trying to rob a nightclub, which the song is about.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: There's a contingent of hardcore fans who dismiss Born in the USA because it was too commercially successful.
  • Love It or Hate It
  • Memetic Badass: 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..."
  • Memetic Molester: "I'm On Fire".
  • Misaimed Fandom: 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 Freehold, which he also somewhat bittersweetly skewers in My Hometown, and In Freehold.
  • Nightmare Fuel: 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Conan O'Brien's drummer used to be in a rock band?

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