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Top 10 American Songs–"Born in the USA," Bruce Springsteen
"Born in the USA" is one of Bruce Springsteen's most popular songs and often claimed to be his signature track alongside "Born to Run." It was released in 1984 on the album of the same name. The music and lyrics are by Bruce Springsteen, and it was produced by Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotnik, and Steve Van Zandt. Springsteen's backing band, the E Street Band, featured on this song.
Musically, "Born in the USA" is an arena rock number. Heavy drum beats kick off the song, setting its tempo, and continue throughout. It is accompanied by loud guitars and synthesizers, with all of these providing a base for Springsteen's angry vocals.
Lyrically, "Born in the USA" was inspired by Springsteen's friends who had served in the Vietnam War. It tells the story of a soldier returning from war and struggling to adjust. The lyrics are accentuated by Springsteen's loud and angry vocals on this song.
Because of its title, "Born in the USA" is often misinterpreted to be a patriotic anthem. However, the lyrics are anti-war and discuss the effects of the Vietnam War on America. Upon its release, "Born in the USA" generated some controversy in political circles because of its opposition to the Vietnam War. Then presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan, even mentioned Bruce Springsteen during his stump speech.
Even though "Born in the USA" was relevant to that time, it has managed to maintain its popularity over the years and remains a rock radio staple. Springsteen fans also regard this as one of his best songs. A music video featuring Springsteen and the E Street Band was made for the song, but it was marred by poor AV synchronization. "Born in the USA" reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, certifying its status as a hit single.