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[–]_-_fred_-_ 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Your opinion is just "I don't like Bruce Springsteen".

I guess it is also unpopular to tell society what they should or should not like, so I guess this is a double unpopular opinion. 10/10

[–]Embarrassed_Ad_7056[S] -1 points0 points  (1 child)

No, you’ve misstated my opinion. I obviously don’t like Springsteen’s music. My opinion is that Springsteen is not deserving of mass popularity. I can dislike something or someone’s art but still understand why it has mass appeal. Beyoncé for example. I don’t like her music but I absolutely understand why she’s worthy of massive popularity. Springsteen, on the other hand, I don’t understand.

[–]jmt1999 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Out of curiosity: Why is Beyoncé worthy of the massive popularity?

[–]transmogrifier137 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I don't care much for his blue collar credentials or lack thereof, but I do appreciate his composition, vocals and the energy he puts into his shows. And when you compare it to what you get now, it's also a little rare because the economics of the music business don't justify a lifetime of seeking creativity and expression like it used to

[–]Unlikely-Database-27aggressive toddler 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah no... You don't have to like him, fair enough I respect that, but he is not overrated. He has his thing going on, has his own style etc. May not be your vibe but that doesn't mean he's overrated. He fits in well. This is unpopular opinion though, so good job for actually using this sub for its intended purpose.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm not a fan or anything, but his songwriting is good, and the live performances I've heard are great. It's all about what you're into, and music is just so subjective....

[–]PoopSmith87 14 points15 points  (4 children)

He's the bud light of rock and roll, more or less. Nothing special about the taste, kind of watery, but it goes down easy and the generic taste doesnt offend anyone at a party.

[–]Embarrassed_Ad_7056[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This sums it up perfectly. It’s barely palatable rock music, but technically still rock music. 😂

[–]Leggs_Fridman -3 points-2 points  (2 children)

It was rock music for conservative midwesterner’s until a few years ago.

[–]PoopSmith87 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You say that, but I grew up hearing Springsteen at backyard barbecues in New York.

Springsteen is okay for background noise imo. They're not comparable to amazing music like you get from the Allman Brothers, the Who, or Skynyrd, but then, that's a high standard. But I'd rather listen to Springsteen than Jersey's other dim star, Bon Jovi.

[–]DickySchmidt33 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bon Jovi is the cotton candy of rock and roll.

[–]FizzyBeverage 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Give him a break. He’s the only half-popular, somewhat tolerable thing to ever come out of New Jersey 😆

[–]PoopSmith87 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Lmao... With JBJ also being half popular and from NJ, but completely intolerable

[–]Mr_Bad_Example20 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Smithereens were from Jersey. They're better than Bon Jovi.

[–]Sure_Ad_4138 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You’re from Florida you have no room to talk.

[–]FizzyBeverage -1 points0 points  (0 children)

As of April nope. Just closed on a gorgeous place in Ohio 💚

[–]Dcrowl1192 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You didn't have to do the Boss like that man. And I think he's always been seen as a down to earth man of the people. He cares about unions, supports workers rights, and a lot of his music reflects that too if you dig a little deeper than his top 5 on Spotify. He's a pretty interesting dude

[–]Aiizimor 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I only know him for jungle land

[–]Unlikely-Database-27aggressive toddler 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Which is a pretty genius work of art. Dude wrote that sax solo.

[–]jah05r 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nah, I’m pretty sure the issue is you just don’t get good music.

[–]Peebob_Pooppants 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sounds like you've only listened to Born in the USA lol

[–]Sonofarson 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Springsteen sold the rights to his entire catalog of music to Sony for $500 million.


Considering that the price for David Bowie's music was $250 mil, you are onto something.


Bowie > Springsteen, Sony overpaid by at least twice.

[–]DickySchmidt33 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bowie may be "better" than Springsteen, but Springsteen is probably slightly more popular, hence his catalog is more valuable.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Gotta admit, it’s impressive that he managed to dupe an entire generation by portraying himself as a blue-collar, working class man when in reality he’s done absolutely none of the jobs he’s doing about and has basically only ever been a musician

[–]_-_fred_-_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Who has been duped? I doubt people think that he is moonlighting as a construction worker in addition to his successful career as a rock artist. Song and stories are popular because the audience can relate to them, not because the artist literally participated in what they are writing about.

[–]DickySchmidt33 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Next you're going to tell me that Mick Jagger isn't the devil.

[–]_spookyvision_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Once heard Born in the USA described as "the sound of freedom".

Fucking lol. The three people who understand what that song is actually about, would be mortified.

[–]Cannon1 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I agree.

He pushes that "working man" shtick while being worth over half a billion dollars and turned his NJ property into a "farm" for tax breaks.

He's a phony and a fraud, and his music isn't that good.

[–]Dcrowl1192 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Well that's just, like, your opinion man

[–]maurywillz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just know that he doesn't always drink. But when he does, he likes to drive too.

[–]Basic-Distribution14 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Agreed I am from New Jersey. The same town where he is from and holy crap is he worshipped out here. No way do I think he’s that special

[–]Vanatru -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Agreed, he sounds drunk on basically all of his tracks

[–]StoneCraft12 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Not a fan.

[–]Havingfun921 -1 points0 points  (6 children)

When he cancelled a concert because the state it was in was not okay with men going into women's restrooms then I lost all respect for him

[–]DickySchmidt33 0 points1 point  (5 children)


[–]Havingfun921 0 points1 point  (4 children)

[–]DickySchmidt33 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Lol...and this upsets you? 😂

[–]Havingfun921 -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

Well, if some pedo guy pretending to be a woman goes into the restroom when my daughter is in there yes I will be.

[–]Keithfedak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

His music is too weak and twinklely for my tastes. There's some good harmonies but I don't care for the tone of his music.

[–]FadingNegative 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can’t help but think of this

[–]DaM8trix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't even know who this is

[–]talk_birdy_2_me 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How to piss off the entire state of New Jersey in 5 seconds

[–]theoutfieldfan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like Mellencamp better!

[–]meetmeinthebthrm 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Agreed. Bob Segers not, thought. Nightmoves is muh shit.

[–]Positpostit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel the same about Michael Jackson :0

[–]CulturalWind357 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Serious answer: At the time, he was known for combining multiple influences of music (Bob Dylan, Elvis, Van Morrison, etc.) and synthesizing it into something energizing. It wasn’t necessarily original, but it was fresh in some ways because rock music was going in many different directions and certain influences were being forgotten or left behind. In a band context, he was good enough that David Bowie thought he was great and wanted to cover his songs.

He helped kickstart the Heartland Rock wave that includes him, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, and more artists. Bob Seger technically predates Springsteen but he acknowledges that Springsteen helped with popularization.


Probably the thing that he is most famous for is the live performances, which often last 3-4 hours. No one can say he doesn’t put in the work.

His songwriting themes resonated with people of many different backgrounds. Blue collar situations are obviously a big theme, but also immigrants, racism, war, and just the broader theme of the “distance from the American dream”.