It was 35 years ago today (June 4th, 1984) that Bruce Springsteen released his seventh album, Born In The U.S.A. — the collection that catapulted “The Boss” into superstardom. On June 23rd, 1984, Born In The U.S.A. debuted at Number Nine on the Billboard 200, and hit the Number One spot for the first of its seven-week run on July 7th.
The 12-track album spawned seven Top 10 hit singles — all with non-LP B-sides: “Dancing In The Dark” (#2); “Cover Me” (#7); “Born In The U.S.A.” (#9); “I’m On Fire” (6); “Glory Days” (#5); “I’m Goin’ Down” (#9); and “My Hometown” (#6). In total, Born In The U.S.A. remained on the Billboard 200 for a whopping 143 weeks. To date, Born In The U.S.A. has been certified for sales of over 30 million copies worldwide.
The album was produced by Springsteen, manager Jon Landau, engineer Chuck Plotkin, and E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt, who left the band midway through the recording sessions for a solo career.