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Greatest Hits

Cover of the American edition
Compilation album by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Released January 13, 2009 (American edition)
June 1, 2009 (European edition)
Recorded 1972–1984, 2002–2007
Genre Rock
Length 53:08 (American edition)
79:03 (European edition)
Label Columbia Records
Professional reviews
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band chronology
Magic Tour Highlights
Greatest Hits
Working on a Dream

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Greatest Hits is Bruce Springsteen's fifth compilation album, released as a limited edition first in the United States, Canada and Australia in January 13, 2009 exclusively through Wal-Mart retailers.[1]

On June 1, 2009, a limited edition, with an alternative tracklisting, was released in Europe, to capitalize on his ongoing Working on a Dream Tour.[2]



The album is a collection of some of Springsteen's hit singles and popular album tracks through the years. Springsteen released a similar Greatest Hits album in 1995. Unlike the previous release, this album is billed to "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band," the first time Springsteen's backing band has been credited with a compilation release. As such, it contains no Springsteen material from after 1984 and before 2002, the period in which he did virtually no studio recording with the E Street Band.[3] It contained only one song not found on the artist's 2003 compilation, The Essential Bruce Springsteen[4], which is Radio Nowhere as the song was not yet released at that time.

Priced at only $10, the album was intended to capitalize on, and appeal to the many viewers of, Springsteen's performance at the half-time show for Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009.[4] Greatest Hits was also released two weeks before Springsteen's 16th studio album, Working on a Dream.[3] It was also intended to help defray Sony Music's large investment in Springsteen dating back to a 2005 record contract.[4] In its first week the album managed to reach #86 on the Billboard 200, ultimately reaching a still mediocre #43 in the wake of the Super Bowl performance.

Springsteen's association with Wal-Mart drew puzzled reactions from the media, given the singer's longtime support for labor causes and the company's longtime anti-union actions.[5] Huffington Post writer Tony Sachs pronounced the release one of the "top five boneheaded music industry moves of 2008,"[6] while The Wall Street Journal wrote that it reflected the duality of "the liberal singer-songwriter and the commercial juggernaut recording artist."[4] Longtime Springsteen writer Charles R. Cross said that fans were now more accepting of such blatant commercial strategies given the overall slump in the music business.[4] Nevertheless, the release did draw criticism from some fans as well as from labor union activists and independent record store owners.[4][7] In response, Springsteen manager Jon Landau said, "[L]et's start with the premise that Bruce is already in Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has been 15% of our sales in recent years. It's not a question of going into Wal-Mart; we're there. They, and other retailers, are all looking for some way to differentiate themselves, and we try to accommodate each one. We're not doing any advertising for Wal-Mart. We haven't endorsed Wal-Mart or anybody else."[7] But then Springsteen himself, during publicity for his appearance at Super Bowl XLIII, admitted that the association with Wal-Mart and release of the album had been a mistake, and attributed it to insufficient vetting due to too many activities going on.[8]

Track listings


American edition

  1. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" – 7:05
  2. "Born to Run" – 4:30
  3. "Thunder Road" – 4:48
    • (From the album Born to Run.)
  4. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" – 4:29
  5. "Badlands" – 4:03
    • (From the album Darkness on the Edge of Town.)
  6. "Hungry Heart" – 3:20
    • (From the album The River.)
  7. "Glory Days" – 3:49
    • (From the album Born in the U.S.A.)
  8. "Dancing in the Dark" – 4:03
  9. "Born in the U.S.A." – 4:41
    • (From the album Born in the U.S.A.)
  10. "The Rising" – 4:50
  11. "Lonesome Day" – 4:08
  12. "Radio Nowhere" – 3:19

European edition

Cover of the European alternate edition
  1. "Blinded by the Light – 5:03
  2. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" – 7:05
  3. "Born to Run" – 4:30
  4. "Thunder Road" – 4:48
    • (From the album Born to Run)
  5. "Badlands" – 4:03
  6. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" – 4:29
    • (From the album Darkness on the Edge of Town.)
  7. "Hungry Heart" – 3:20
  8. "The River" – 5:01
    • (From the album The River.)
  9. "Born in the U.S.A." – 4:41
  10. "I'm on Fire" – 2:35
    • (From the album Born in the U.S.A.)
  11. "Glory Days" – 4:15
    • (From the album Born in the U.S.A.)
  12. "Dancing in the Dark" – 4:03
    • (From the album Born in the U.S.A.)
  13. "The Rising" – 4:50
  14. "Lonesome Day" – 4:08
    • (From the album The Rising.)
  15. "Radio Nowhere" – 3:19
  16. "Long Walk Home" – 4:32
    • (From the album Magic)
  17. "Because the Night" – 5:20
  18. "Fire" – 2:52
    • (From the album Live/1975–85)

Chart performance

Chart (2009) Peak
Austria[9] 7
Belgium[10] 6
Canada[11] 21
Denmark[12] 3
Finland[13] 5
Germany[14] 25
Ireland[15] 2
Italy[16] 17
Netherlands[17] 4
Norway[18] 3
Spain[19] 6
Sweden[20] 1
Switzerland[21] 12
U.K.[22] 3
U.S. Billboard 200[23] 43


The E Street Band


  1. ^ "Greatest Hits (Wal-Mart Exclusive), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band", Wal-Mart. Retrieved December 22, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Bruce Springsteen Plans Wal-Mart Only 'Greatest Hits'", Rolling Stone, December 22, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Smith, Ethan (2009-01-16). "Born to Run – and Promote". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-01-16.  
  5. ^ Gottlieb, Jed (2009-01-13). "Non-union label: Bruce Springsteen silent on his Wal-Mart exclusive". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2009-01-16.  
  6. ^ Sachs, Tony (2009-01-03). "The Top Five Boneheaded Music Industry Moves Of 2008". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2009-01-16.  
  7. ^ a b Waddell, Ray (2009-01-23). "Bruce Springsteen Prepping 'Darkness' Reissue". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-23.  
  8. ^ Pareles, Jon (2009-02-01). "The Rock Laureate". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-29.  
  9. ^ Austria Albums Top 75
  10. ^ Belgium Albums Top 50
  11. ^ CANOE-JAM! Music; Albums Top 100
  12. ^ Denmark Album Top 40
  13. ^ Suomen virallinen lista - Albumit
  14. ^ Die offiziellen deutschen Album-Charts
  15. ^ Ireland Top 100 Individual Artist Albums
  16. ^ FIMI Italy Albums Top 100
  17. ^ Dutch Album Top 100
  18. ^ Topp 40 Album
  19. ^ Promusicae Spain Top 100 Albums
  20. ^ Swedish Album Chart
  21. ^ Swiss Chart - Albums Top 100
  22. ^ UK Top 40 Albums
  23. ^ Billboard Top 200 Albums


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