A Musical Annotation of Bruce Springsteen’s Autobiography – Born to Run, Part 2

This is the second in a series of blogs in which I plan to go through and “musically annotate” Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, “Born to Run”. This involves going through the book page by page and listing the artists, and when possible, providing a YouTube video of the songs that Bruce mentions as among his favorites.

Last week’s post covered Chapters 1-8, this week’s post covers Chapters 9-16, which includes 56 videos (why does Bruce have to like so many different genres of music and musicians!?)

Note: apparently having 56 videos in one post is a little too much for smartphones, as several readers notified me that they had trouble loading this page. To fix the problem, I created a YouTube playlist of all 56 songs:

You can access any particular song by clicking in the top left corner of the screen and choosing the desired video. I have listed the 56 songs below, in order. In those cases where Bruce just mentions a musical group, I randomly chose one of that group’s songs to include in the playlist.

  • The Beatles, I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • The Beatles with Tony Sheridan and Guests, My Bonnie
  • Louis Armstrong, Hello Dolly
  • Chubby Checkers, The Twist
  • Anita Bryant, Paper Roses (my choice)
  • Paul and Paula’s, Hey Paula
  • Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Monkey
  • Bobby Freeman, The Swim
  • The Larks, The Jerk
  • Chubby Checker, The Pony
  • Nat Kendrick and The Swans, The Mashed Potato
  • The Frug
  • Bruce Springsteen, Devil with the Blue Dress On
  • Greensleeves
  • The Beatles, Twist and Shout
  • Bill Doggett, Honky Tonk
  • White Stripes, Fell in Love with a Girl (my choice)
  • Chantays, Pipeline
  • Santo and Johnny, Sleep Walk
  • The Shadows, Apache
  • The Marketts, Out of Limits
  • The Pyramids, Penetration
  • The Kingsmen, Haunted Castle
  • Rolling Stones, It’s All over Now
  • Ian Whitcomb, You Turn Me On
  • The Castiles, Baby I
  • The Castiles, That’s What You Get for Loving Me
  • Glenn Miller, In the Mood
  • Patsy Cline, The Tennessee Waltz
  • Surfaris, Wipe Out
  • Cadillacs, Gloria
  • Don and Juan, What’s Your Name
  • Five Satins, In the Still of the Night
  • Animals, We Gotta Get Out of This Place
  • Exciters, Tell Him
  • Motifs, Someday (my choice)
  • Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, Jenny Take a Ride
  • Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, Devil With the Blue Dress On
  • Shindogs, I Live for the Sun (my choice)
  • Sonny and the Starfires, Please Don’t Hurt Me (my choice)
  • Paul Revere and the Raiders, Kicks
  • Circus Maximus, Wind
  • Jimi Hendrix, Hey Joe (my choice)
  • The Mothers of Invention, Oh, In The Sky (my choice)
  • Neil Young, Heart of Gold (my choice)
  • Cream, Sunshine of Your Love
  • Jeff Beck, You Shook Me (my choice)
  • Donovan, Sunshine Superman (my choice)
  • Bob Dylan, Blowin’ in the Wind (my choice)
  • Tim Buckley, Once I Was (my choice)
  • Tommy James, Mony Mony
  • Rock Me Baby
  • Bruce Springsteen with Child
  • Bruce Springsteen and Steel Mill
  • Sundance Blues Band, with Bruce Springsteen
  • Southside Johnny, with Bruce, Having a Party (my choice)


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