The results of our Top Ten Springsteen songs poll
are in, and they provide the result we've all long expected: I have the
best worst most populist most plebian most conventional most dull
tastes of everyone I know.
My top seven
was the official top seven, just reordered slightly.
To tabulate the poll, we assigned one point for a #10 pick, and ten points for a #1 pick.
The results, ladies and gentlemen:
1. Atlantic City (fair and away the winner with 46 points -- it appeared on all but one list)
2. Thunder Road (36 points, appearing in twice as #1 picks and twice as #3 picks)
3. For You (surprising breadth of support, and also JennieT's #1: 35)
4. Incident on 57th Street (30 points, twice a #2 pick and twice a #5 pick)
5. The River (28 points, again with high breadth of support, appearing on all but three lists)
6. Born to Run (suprisingly low showing at 22 points)
7. Blinded by the Light (19 points, rightly rescued from obscurity by Jaimee's putting it at #1)
8. Badlands (13 points, glad to see it there)
8. I'm on Fire (The most shocking inclusion by far. I never would have picked this song for a winner.)
10. Jungleland (12 points.)
There is, incidentally, a four-way tie for 11th place: Backstreets, Candy's Room, Dancing in the Dark (DCNahm's #1), and Hard to Be a Saint in the City, all with 10 points.
The top ten results allow us to scientifically tabulate the best non-Greatest Hits
Bruce album of all time as well; of course, with 70 points, it's Born to Run
The rest of the major (major, of course, because I like them the best) albums all make at least one appearance in the top ten:
2. Greetings from Asbury Park: 54 points
3. Nebraska: 46 points
4. The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle: 30 points
5. The River: 28 points
6. Darkness on the Edge of Town: 13 points
7. Born in the USA: 13 points
Amusing that the album nearly everyone (including Bruce himself) considers his worst tied with the album Shankar persuasively called his most important