“Dancing in the Dark” is a song by American rock musician Bruce Springsteen. It was released on May 9, 1984 with “Pink Cadillac” on the B-side as the lead single from his seventh studio album, “Born in the U.S.A.”
The song is characterized by its upbeat tempo, catchy melody, and anthemic chorus. Lyrically, it reflects themes of frustration, disillusionment, and the desire for something more in life. Despite the seemingly festive nature of the music, the lyrics delve into the struggle and uncertainty faced by the protagonist.
Its music video, directed by Brian De Palma, features Springsteen pulling a fan performed by Courteney Cox onto the stage to dance, became iconic and further boosted the song’s popularity. It was filmed at the Saint Paul Civic Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on June 28 and 29, 1984.
“Dancing in the Dark” became one of Springsteen’s most commercially successful songs, reaching the top of the charts in various countries. In the United States, the single peaked at #2.
The track marked a significant milestone in Springsteen’s career, contributing to the massive success of the “Born in the U.S.A.” album and establishing itself as one of his signature songs.