Bruce Springsteen’s career is a prime example of greatness. With over five decades of music, live performances, and poetic approaches to lyrics, he is the originator of heartland rock. With all this, we believe there isn’t much to achieve in the world of music for him. Bruce has been straightforward in producing albums and has always shown his willingness to experiment.
Springsteen has always been identified as a rock n’ roll veteran with many albums and contributions. With over 20 albums in his hands, Springsteen has a standard of excellence in him. This is a massive accumulation of his art and we are glad about how true he is to himself. His rise came with him being himself and drawing influences from his heroes.
With so many albums to his name, let’s take a look at Bruce Springsteen’s Albums ranked out of greatness.
Bruce Springsteen Albums Ranked in Order of Greatness
Lucky Town (1992)
Lucky Town is the tenth studio album by Springsteen and was released on March 31, 1992, alongside Human Touch. In 1989 after the E Street Band was dissolved, Bruce moved to California to start a new life. His location and band changed along with his performance.
Released on the same day as ‘Human Torch’, both the records weren’t that significant. It is often times overlooked. The album felt really inauthentic with Springsteen on the rockier side of the release.
High Hopes (2014)
High Hopes didn’t really live up to its name. This album was a collection of unreleased songs, covers, revivals, and re-recordings. It was his eighteenth studio album and was released on January 14, 2014.
This album felt forced and was the only album that seemed less inspirational. This was not really a bad album but lacked the elements of his persona. ‘The Wall’ and the electrified version of ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ were the ones that stood out from the album.
Human Touch (1992)
Released on the same day as Lucky Town, this album wasn’t that remarkable. The whole album sounds squeezed. Same here, the originality of Springsteen cannot be seen in this album, and is too dominant. This album didn’t manage to produce a song with a significant story.
Human Touch came with a touch of soft rock essentials along with synth-driven sound. While it may not be that significant, the title track is often neglected but is a major classic. With the message, “I just want someone to talk to, and a little of that human touch.”
Working on a Dream (2009)
With the push of 60s pop, Working on a Dream is a romantic album on exploration. This is one of his less memorable albums and is distinctively unknown. The album has revolved around the orchestrated studios. During this period, he was on a great run with great albums, but this didn’t really meet up expectations.
Even though this was not a great album, it has fulfilled its purpose as its romantic, soppy, and light. Also the song ‘The Last Carnival’ is a lovely ode to E Street Band keyboardist Danny Federici. Working on a Dream was released on January 27, 2009, and was the sixteenth studio album.
Wrecking Ball (2012)
Wrecking Ball is an album that goes toward the stories of people struggling with economic problems. It was released on March 6, 2012, and is his seventeenth studio album. This album is an experimented list of songs with new tools.
All the albums by Bruce at this time were gloomy and somber. Even though the album and the lyrics don’t resonate with each other, Wrecking Ball addresses the financial mismatch that happened in 2008. The first half of the album may not be that fascinating but the second half really delivers with songs like ‘Land of Hope and Dreams’ and ‘We are Alive.’
Only The Strong Survive (2022)
This is the latest album to fall under his grasp. With over 50 years of experience, Bruce has his place secured as one of the most influential rock artists. Only The Strong Survive is the Twenty-first studio album and was released on November 11, 2022.
This album is a collection of classic soul songs and covers. With songs like ‘Do I Love You’ by Frank Wilson and ‘Hey Western Union Man’, this feels like the relics of the past. Springsteen is a wonderful artist and this album is just him continuing his work. Only The Strong Survive is a great mix of everything, from classics to his best songs.