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One music journalist referred to it as "a perfect distillation of the anger and bitterness seething beneath the surface of Reagan-era America." Critically, it was a monster hit; many are split between this and ''Music/BornToRun'' on which is his greatest album. It's 5 out of 5 stars on [=AllMusic=], and maxed out the ratings scale virtually everywhere, including 5 out of 5 stars from ''Magazine/RollingStone''.



''Born in the U.S.A.'' hit #85 on the 2003 list of ''Rolling Stone'''s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, #86 [[UsefulNotes/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime on the 2012 list]], and #142 [[UsefulNotes/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime2020 on the 2020 list]].


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One music journalist referred to it as "a perfect distillation of the anger and bitterness seething beneath the surface of Reagan-era America." Critically, it was a monster hit; many are split between this and ''Music/BornToRun'' on which is his MagnumOpus. It's 5 out of 5 stars on [=AllMusic=], and maxed out the ratings scale virtually everywhere, including 5 out of 5 stars from ''Magazine/RollingStone''.

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One music journalist referred to it as "a perfect distillation of the anger and bitterness seething beneath the surface of Reagan-era America." Critically, it was a monster hit; many are split between this and ''Music/BornToRun'' on which is his MagnumOpus.greatest album. It's 5 out of 5 stars on [=AllMusic=], and maxed out the ratings scale virtually everywhere, including 5 out of 5 stars from ''Magazine/RollingStone''.


* JailBait: The subject of his song "I'm On Fire".


Regardless, the album became a runaway hit. It sold 15 million copies in the United States, being certified Diamond by the RIAA. It's also certified Diamond in Canada, and sold a total of 30 million copies worldwide. It was in the Billboard Top 200 Year-End chart ''for three consecutive years'', and was the #1 album of 1985 in the United States.

All seven released singles were Top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. "Dancing in the Dark" remains his highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, hitting #2, and would be his first #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

The music video for "Dancing in the Dark" became famous in hindsight for the inclusion of future actress Creator/CourteneyCox.

Bruce went on a 156-show world tour to promote the album from July 1984 through October 1985. During the tour, he promoted all the songs from this album and from ''Nebraska'', which he did not previously promote on a concert tour. Four of his performances on the tour are in Bruce's archives. It was the fifth-highest-grossing concert tour of the 1980s.

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Regardless, the album became a runaway hit. It sold 15 million copies in the United States, being certified Diamond by the RIAA. It's also certified Diamond in Canada, and sold a total of 30 million copies worldwide. It was in the year-end Billboard Top 200 Year-End album chart ''for three consecutive years'', and was the #1 album of 1985 in the United States.

All seven released singles were Top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. "Dancing in the Dark" remains his highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, hitting #2, and would be his first #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

chart. The music video for "Dancing in the Dark" became famous in hindsight for the inclusion of future actress Creator/CourteneyCox.

Bruce went on a 156-show world tour to promote the album from July 1984 through October 1985. During the tour, he promoted all the songs from this album and from ''Nebraska'', which he did not previously promote on a concert tour.''Nebraska''. Four of his performances on the tour are in Bruce's archives. It was the fifth-highest-grossing concert tour of the 1980s.



On a more trivial note, the album holds the distinction of being the very first to be pressed onto a UsefulNotes/CompactDisc in the United States, through Sony's Digital Audio Disc Corporation. The exact discs pressed were never commercially released, having mainly been made simply as a promotional stunt for the factory (after all, what better way to kickstart American involvement in CD manufacturing than with an album called ''Born n the U.S.A.''?); the master from this release would be repurposed for the album's ''actual'' commercial debut on the format though.

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On a more trivial note, the album holds the distinction of being the very first to be pressed onto a UsefulNotes/CompactDisc in the United States, through Sony's Digital Audio Disc Corporation. The exact discs pressed were never commercially released, having mainly been made simply as a promotional stunt for the factory (after factory. After all, what better way to kickstart American involvement in CD manufacturing than with an album called ''Born n in the U.S.A.''?); the ''? The master from this release would be repurposed for the album's ''actual'' commercial debut on the format though.

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It is said that, all told, more than 80 songs were recorded in total during the sessions that produced this album and ''Nebraska''. At one point, Bruce considered combining the two into one double album.


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Ironically, the title track, which was a lamentation of the plight of [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam veterans]], [[MisaimedFandom became a patriotic anthem for many]]. He had to expressly forbid UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan from using it for his 1984 re-election campaign.

[[OldShame Bruce was never happy about that]]. Realizing the SarcasmFailure, he would make a point of playing the song far less bombastically than it was originally recorded whenever he played it on tour.

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Ironically, the title track, which was a lamentation of the plight of [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam veterans]], [[MisaimedFandom became a patriotic anthem for many]]. He had to expressly forbid UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan from using it for his 1984 re-election campaign.

campaign. [[OldShame Bruce was never happy about that]]. Realizing the SarcasmFailure, he would make a point of playing the song far less bombastically than it was originally recorded whenever he played it on tour.


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On a more trivial note, the album holds the distinction of being the very first to be pressed onto a UsefulNotes/CompactDisc in the United States, through Sony's Digital Audio Disc Corporation. The exact discs pressed were never commercially released, having mainly been made simply as a promotional stunt for the factory (after all, what better way to kickstart American involvement in CD manufacturing than with an album called ''Born n the U.S.A.''?); the master from this release would be repurposed for the album's ''actual'' commercial debut on the format though.


One music journalist referred to it as "a perfect distillation of the anger and bitterness seething beneath the surface of Reagen-era America." Critically, it was a monster hit; many are split between this and ''Music/BornToRun'' on which is his MagnumOpus. It's 5 out of 5 stars on [=AllMusic=], and maxed out the ratings scale virtually everywhere, including 5 out of 5 stars from ''Magazine/RollingStone''.

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One music journalist referred to it as "a perfect distillation of the anger and bitterness seething beneath the surface of Reagen-era Reagan-era America." Critically, it was a monster hit; many are split between this and ''Music/BornToRun'' on which is his MagnumOpus. It's 5 out of 5 stars on [=AllMusic=], and maxed out the ratings scale virtually everywhere, including 5 out of 5 stars from ''Magazine/RollingStone''.

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* SarcasmFailure: The upbeat playing of "Born in the U.S.A." was intended to be ironic to the subject of the song, which was the effects of the Vietnam War on its veterans. It immediately became an unironic patriotic anthem for all too many.


[[OldShame Bruce was never happy about that]].

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[[OldShame Bruce was never happy about that]].
that]]. Realizing the SarcasmFailure, he would make a point of playing the song far less bombastically than it was originally recorded whenever he played it on tour.


Ironically, the title track, which was a lamentation of the plight of [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam veterans]], became a patriotic anthem for many. He had to expressly forbid UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan from using it for his 1984 re-election campaign.

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Ironically, the title track, which was a lamentation of the plight of [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam veterans]], [[MisaimedFandom became a patriotic anthem for many.many]]. He had to expressly forbid UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan from using it for his 1984 re-election campaign.

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* EmbarrassingDampSheets: What the singer wakes up at night to thinking about his subject in "I'm On Fire".

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* JailBait: The subject of his song "I'm On Fire".


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* GloryDays: The song "Glory Days" became the TropeNamer
* TitleTrack: "Born in the U.S.A.", natch

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* TitleTrack: "Born in the U.S.A.", natchnatch.
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Ironically, the title track, which was a lamentation of the plight of Vietnam veterans, became a patriotic anthem for many. He had to expressly forbid UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan from using it for his 1984 re-election campaign.

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Ironically, the title track, which was a lamentation of the plight of [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam veterans, veterans]], became a patriotic anthem for many. He had to expressly forbid UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan from using it for his 1984 re-election campaign.

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