First of all, why is there an "S" above the "A" in the rankings. Is this some new report card format I'm not aware of? Why don't the rankings just start with "A"?
Second, I can't make that lovely colored chart. How did other people copy that chart? I am lacking those skills.
So without fancy charts and grades that inexplicably go from "S" to "A, here are my rankings. They are in numerical order and not alphabetical because this is a ranking and the A, B, C listings are like a report card and I don't like report cards.
Live releases and stupid Greatest Hits/Tracks type nonsense that were released just to get us to buy a few songs that were previously unreleased have been excluded because even though I love the extra songs, I hate the concept of Greatest Hits/Tracks type nonsense.
So here's my ranking:
Top Notch Number One Masterpieces That Every Sane Bruce Fan Should Rank As Such:
Born to Run
Second Tier Masterpieces That Are Still Very Amazing (and if you disagree you are just wrong):
Third Tier (starting at this level, I will accept disagreement for taste and such. But those top 2 levels are carved in stone.) Third tier albums are great but don't qualify as masterpieces although they still have some masterful writing and music and passion.
Fourth Tier (I never listen to these but if they start playing on shuffle or Pandora or whatever I don't fast forward):
Tunnel of Love (some brilliant songs but as a whole I don't love the album.)
Lucky Town (much better than HT)
Fifth Tier - Brilliant albums That I know are brilliant but are so dismal I can't and don't listen To them:
Nebraska. Its the only one in this category. It probably should be ranked higher because it's truly great. But I find it un-listenable because it is so dark and dreary and also I don't like acoustic Bruce.
Sixth Tier - Utter crap that makes me despair that Bruce has lost his passion and song writing ability:
Working on a Dream
Seventh Tier - I wouldn't listen to these if you paid me:
Tom Joad Ugh. I have been following Bruce around the country since 1976 and I skipped this tour. I bought the album and listened to it once and never again.
The Seeger Sessions. Yeah, I can't overcome this one. This album makes me embarrassed to be a Bruce Springsteen fan. I find the whole thing utterly cringeworthy. I never listened to the whole thing. I can't, I won't, and you can't make me. No. Just no.
Devils and Dust. Sorry D&D lovers, this one puts me to sleep.
As you can see, I'm no fan of acoustic Bruce. That awful fake twang he puts on when he's acoustic makes me want to stick a needle in my eye.