Since it's Valentine's Day, and we're throwing all kinds of love songs into the mix today on The Mountain's Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love, I thought I'd share this post from Ultimate Classic Rock -- the Top 10 Bruce Spirngsteen Love Songs.
It's a pretty good list; personally I"d put "Roaslita" at the top, and I'd include "Tunnel Of Love," which isn't so much a love song as a falling-out-of-love song, but sometimes those are the ones that capture the rawest emotions, I think. (The guy does put "Brilliant Disguise" from that album on his list, which is pretty good too.)
Springsteen once called this concert showstopper one of his best love songs. It’s hard to argue with that. ‘Rosalita,’ in all its exuberance, captures the gleeful excitement of young love. There are no shadows or uncertainties – just parents who won’t let Rosie out to play. And Bruce is determined to “liberate” her and run away with his record contract money to San Diego. It’s a precursor to the “escape” songs of ‘Born to Run.’ Where those songs are about getting out while you can, ‘Rosalita’ is about getting out because it sounds like a blast. There’s no desperation, just an unyielding desire to run away with your girlfriend. Wild and innocent, indeed.
Check out the list and see if you agree. And keep listening to Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love all V-Day long on The Mountain. You never know what you're going to hear!