Producers: Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Steve Van Zandt
Released: June '84, Columbia
17 weeks; No. 9
Before it became the centerpiece of Springsteen’s biggest album, "U.S.A." was an acoustic protest song meant for Nebraska. But when Springsteen revived it with the E Street Band, Roy Bittan came up with a huge synth riff, and Max Weinberg hammered out a beat like he was using M-80s for drumsticks. "We played it two times, and our second take is the record," Springsteen said.
Appears on: Born in the U.S.A. (Columbia)