“Born in the U.S.A.” is a song by American rock legend Bruce Springsteen. It was released on October 30, 1984 (with another Vietnam veteran’s tale, “Shut Out The Light” on the B-sidie) as the third single and the title track from his album of the same name, “Born in the U.S.A.” The song is one of Springsteen’s most well-known and iconic tracks.
“Born in the U.S.A.” is characterized by its anthemic and rock-driven sound, featuring Springsteen’s distinctive gravelly vocals. The song incorporates a powerful rhythm, electric guitar riffs, and a memorable melody. Lyrically, the song tells the story of a working-class individual’s experiences in America, highlighting both the pride and challenges associated with being born in the United States.
While “Born in the U.S.A.” is often associated with patriotic themes due to its title and chorus, the song’s verses depict the struggles and disillusionment faced by a Vietnam War veteran and the difficulties of reintegration into society after military service.
The song “Born in the U.S.A.” was a commercial success reaching the top ten in many countries, including #2 in Australia, #5 in the UK and #9 in the United States, and became one of Bruce Springsteen’s signature tracks. It reached high positions on music charts and became an anthem, often associated with American pride. Its energetic sound and lyrical depth have contributed to its enduring popularity.