In light of the death of Clarence Clemons this week, here’s 5otB from The Boss and his band of merry men.
Born to Run – Just an astonishing feat of building a song to an end goal; in this case the refrain line “tramps like us, baby we were born to run”. Springsteen’s lyrical imagery is both a celebration and degradation of the gutter and The Big Man’s sax solo is, well, stupefyingly good.
Thunder Road – “Show a little faith there’s magic in the night/you ain’t a beauty but hey you’re alright/and that’s alright with me”. The first song on the Born to Run LP is the perfect introduction to an album that tells a story of romance and working-class life with such skill and not just lyrically.
I’m on Fire – Dark, open and easily empathised with, the open letter style I’m on Fire is one of the greatest songs of longing ever written.
Dancing in the Dark – Yeah the drums sound a bit dated, yeah the synths are a tad cheesy and ’80s, but it’s still a wonderfully catchy tune.
Dancing in the Dark
Blinded By the Light – A really infectious, well-written song with a great chorus that can get stuck in the head easily. Not in a bad way though.