Born in the U.S.A
by Bruce Springsteen
Born down in a dead man's town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
'Til you spend half your life just covering up
I got in a little hometown jam
Come back home to the refinery
I had a buddy at Khe Sahn
Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
I'm a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A.
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Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1984.
In contrast to his previous album, the critical favorite Nebraska, Born in the U.S.A. featured anthemic, radio-friendly arrangements and 1980s production incorporating Springsteen's first use of synthesizers. The album reached Number One on Billboard's 200 Chart on July 7, 1984 where it stayed until August 4. It spawned a record-tying seven Top 10 hit singles in the United States, and is by far the best-selling album of Springsteen's career with over 15 million copies sold in the U.S. alone. It was also a critical success, being voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics poll. In 2003, the album was ranked number 85 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 1989, it was rated #6 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.
Born in the U.S.A. became the first compact disc manufactured in the United States for commercial release, when CBS Records opened its CD manufacturing plant in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1984. Discs previously had been imported from Japan.