Welcome to the first in a 7-part series of unpopular opinions that I hold! What started as a psychological self-improvement experiment (trying to identify ways that I seek approval from others) has turned into a pretty humorous and irreverent conversation about everything from my tastes in music and movies to my thoughts on college culture. Feel free to really let it rip in the comments section if I so irk you- I honestly do not care. So let’s do this!
I don’t like Bruce Springsteen. His music does next to nothing for me, and I really dislike the fact that he’s heralded as New Jersey’s best cultural export.
Sure, there are great, very talented musicians in his band(s). He’s done interesting things with unconventional (for pop music) song forms and chord progressions.
I guess “Born to Run” is pretty decent. I don’t like his singing though, that’s just a personal taste thing. I find “Born in the USA” to be drab and boring and I have no idea why people love it so much, even when most everybody nowadays knows that it’s not patriotic whatsoever. At least on “Dancing in the Dark” he sings almost like a normal person, but that song just doesn’t do anything for me either. It’s just… there. It doesn’t move me physically or emotionally, it doesn’t make me think. At least today’s Top 40 music is fun to dance to.
Remember when he got really involved with John Kerry’s presidential campaign? I can’t think of any time when music and politics have mixed to that degree and I’ve been down with it…
Have I mentioned that I don’t like the way he sings?
I guess that’s really the extent of it. I don’t enjoy Bruce Springsteen’s music, songs, or singing. The dudes in his band are great musicians, but my appreciation ends there.
Think I’m wrong? Good for you. I’ll commit to listening to 3 Bruce Springsteen songs with an open mind, so leave a comment if you think I should reconsider. But fair warning- pretty sure I’ll be sticking to my guns on this one. Sorry, NJ.