Darkness On The Edge Of Town (studio album) by Bruce Springsteen

Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 198th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 1,072 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1978 (1st)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1970s (49th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (198th)
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Bruce Springsteen bestography

Darkness On The Edge Of Town is ranked 2nd best out of 130 albums by Bruce Springsteen on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Bruce Springsteen is Born To Run which is ranked number 67 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 20,190.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 84 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 1,072 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.0/100, a mean average of 80.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.1.

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95/100
From 06/09/2022 17:00
I actually prefer this album over Born To Run, its predecessor had better singles but this one is consistently great. Also Badlands and Racing In The Street are definitely in his top 5 songs in my opinion. This album has its own magic and atmosphere that is just so unique.
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From 02/28/2022 17:07
This album has a track score of 96 and is placed in my top albums chart no. 2. My rating for this album is 100
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80/100
From 12/07/2021 22:23
Excellent album as always.
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100/100
From 11/14/2021 03:24
A fine record, dark and raging, compared to the nostalgia and summer spirit of Born to Run. It takes a page from Woody Guthrie, but instead of the Dust Bowl it's the streets of urban New Jeesey. In this heart-wrenching set of songs, the listener is flooded with emotions. It's as authentic as anything. Essential.


A Side: Factory
B Side: Racing in the Street
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70/100
From 10/29/2021 18:19
My first time listening to this album.

I’ve never been much into Springsteen. The musical style of this album, with the saxophone and stripped down instrumentation, gives me an image of a rock and roll band from the late 1950s or early 1960s. I don’t know if that’s what Bruce is going for but that’s my image.

And then clearly Springsteen is known as a lyricist (partly driven by the fact that his mumbling and not quite pitch perfect vocals aren’t the main attraction), but these lyrics don’t really line up with my own experiences so I’m left scratching my head.

In all, I kind of get it but not really. It’s a feeling of nostalgia that doesn’t mean anything to me, specifically.

None of the songs stood out in this first listen.
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10/100
From 10/14/2021 15:01
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100/100
From 07/02/2021 17:54
Goes toe-for-toe with Born to Run as Springsteen's best record. Highlights include the title track, Prove It All Night, Racing in the Street, Adam Raised a Cain, and Streets of Fire, but the whole thing is worth listening to. I'd probably give this one the slightest little edge over the 1975 record.
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75/100
From 02/18/2021 17:27
It's consistent, I'll give it that.
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85/100
From 01/25/2021 07:14
Great album, one of Bruce's best. Bit rough at times but a great time still.
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From 01/23/2021 19:33
I've said before that no Bruce hits me the way that "Born in the USA" hit me when I was a kid. Still true.
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Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
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