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The Essential Bruce Springsteen
Compilation album by Bruce Springsteen
Released November 11, 2003
Recorded 1972 - 2002
Genre Rock
Length 153:23 (2-CD edition)
200:45 (3-CD edition)
Label Columbia
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The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album by Bruce Springsteen, released on 11 November 2003. The collection is part of a series of Essential sets released by Sony BMG (previously Sony Music Entertainment). Per liner notes comments by Springsteen, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour; hence, it includes songs from every Springsteen album since his debut. The album was available as a 2-disc set and, later, as a limited edition 3-disc set; for the latter, the third disc contained a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart on November 29, 2003 at number 14, with sales of 90,000 copies. It spent 13 weeks on the chart. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records on December 16, 2003 by the RIAA. The Essential Bruce Springsteen also reached #28 in UK albums chart.


Track listing


Disc one

  1. "Blinded by the Light"
  2. "For You"
  3. "Spirit in the Night"
  4. "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"
  5. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)"
  6. "Thunder Road"
  7. "Born to Run"
  8. "Jungleland"
  9. "Badlands"
  10. "Darkness on the Edge of Town"
  11. "The Promised Land"
  12. "The River"
  13. "Hungry Heart"
  14. "Nebraska"
  15. "Atlantic City"

Disc two

  1. "Born in the U.S.A."
  2. "Glory Days"
  3. "Dancing in the Dark"
  4. "Tunnel of Love"
  5. "Brilliant Disguise"
  6. "Human Touch"
  7. "Living Proof"
  8. "Lucky Town"
  9. "Streets of Philadelphia"
  10. "The Ghost of Tom Joad"
  11. "The Rising"
  12. "Mary's Place"
  13. "Lonesome Day"
  14. "American Skin (41 Shots)" (Live at Madison Square Garden)
  15. "Land of Hope and Dreams" (Live at Madison Square Garden)

Disc three (Limited editon)

  1. "From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)"
    • Recorded in 1979, at the Power Station; also recorded by Dave Edmunds on 1982 release DE 7th
  2. "The Big Payback"
    • Home recording made shortly after Nebraska sessions
  3. "Held Up Without a Gun" (Live)
  4. "Trapped" (Live)
  5. "None But the Brave"
  6. "Missing"
  7. "Lift Me Up"
  8. "Viva Las Vegas"
    • Recorded for NME benefit album
  9. "County Fair"
    • Recorded in 1983 in California after Nebraska sessions
  10. "Code of Silence" (Live)
  11. "Dead Man Walkin'"
  12. "Countin' on a Miracle" (Acoustic)
    • Audio portion of recorded video played at end of every show on The Rising Tour.


Chart (2003) Peak
Finnish Albums Chart[1] 14

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