Springsteen’s hit isn’t the American anthem some thought it was
This week on The Top Ten Revealed, we’re counting down your favorite political songs and the list wouldn’t be complete without this mildly confusing song from The Boss. When Bruce Springsteen released “Born In The USA” in 1984, it became his biggest record and one of the biggest records of the year. At first listen, you might think this track is a patriotic power anthem with its roaring chorus and the iconic album cover. However, the real meaning is a little different. Don’t worry if you got confused, you’re not the only one. Even President Ronald Reagan referenced The Boss in a 1984 campaign speech, playing on the hope of the song and not the despair. “Born in the USA” is actually Springsteen’s comment on the Vietnam war and how veterans returned home from war to desperate circumstances and few options. While veterans of other wars received a hero’s welcome, those who fought in Vietnam were mostly ignored when they returned to their homeland. Where will this political song land on our top ten? We’ll reveal our list of the top ten on an all new episode of The Top Ten Revealed this SUNDAY at 8/7c!