80s Song of the Day: My Hometown by Bruce Springsteen

My Hometown by Bruce Springsteen was released November 21, 1985, with Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town as the B side. My Hometown, about Springsteen’s experiences growing up in Freehold, New Jersey, was a single from the album Born in the U.S.A. The B side was a live recording from a December 12, 1975, Springsteen concert on Long Island, New York. Springsteen’s version of the popular Christmas song was previously released in 1981 on a children’s album In Harmony 2.

my-hometown-variantMy Hometown reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the seventh and last Top 10 single from Born in the U.S.A. — a record for the most top 10 singles from an album that stands today, tied with Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. In the United Kingdom, My Hometown reached No. 9 on the UK Singles chart.

The music video featured a live performance of the song from a concert on the Born in the U.S.A. tour.

80s Song of the Day: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen

Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen was released on October 30, 1984, with Shut Out the Light as the B side. A single from the album of the same name, the song discussed the effects of the Vietnam War on Americans and the treatment of Vietnam veterans upon their return home.

The song peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the third of seven Top 10 singles released from the Born in the U.S.A. album. The album ties Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 for the most Top 10 singles from one album.

 

80s Song of the Day: Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen

We just sit around talking about the old times,
She says when she feels like crying
She starts laughing thinking about
Glory days

GloryDaysSpringsteenGlory Days by Bruce Springsteen was released on May 31, 1985, with Stand on It as the B side. It was the fifth single from the Born in the U.S.A. album.

Glory Days reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the fifth of seven Top 10 singles from Born in the U.S.A.

Watch the official music video for the song.