Blinded By the Light follows Javed (played by Viveik Kalra), a British Pakistani inspired by Bruce's songs as he battles intolerance in 1980s Luton. The film is named after Bruce's debut single, which failed to impact the charts in 1973 but became a global hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band in 1977.
It would be another eight years until Bruce made his first appearance on the UK's Official Singles Chart, with the Number 35-peaking The River in 1981, but 1984 was the year his brand of power rock-pop truly found a wider audience.
With the film and soundtrack released on August 9 set to connect Bruce's music with a new generation, we're revealing which of Bruce's songs are proving the most popular in the streaming era - his Top 20 most-played tracks in the UK.
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
With a career as long as Bruce's, recording a Christmas song was bound to happen at some point. His cover of Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town first appeared on a Sesame Street compilation album in 1982 (because why not?) before appearing as a double A-side to My Hometown in 1985, reaching Number 9 in the UK.
Charting for the first time on its own in the wake of downloads in 2007, the song achieved its highest ever placement on the Official Singles Chart in Christmas 2018, topping out at Number 48. The song is Bruce's sixth most-streamed overall with 18 million streams.
Streets of Philadelphia
It might hard to believe The Boss has never had a UK Number 1 single, but his volume of chart-topping albums does make up for it. The closest he got to singles chart glory was 1994's Streets of Philadelphia, which peaked at Number 2. Plenty of you are still listening to it: 19.6 million streams since records began in 2014. It's also Bruce's second-most streamed on video.
I'm On Fire/Born in the U.S.A.
Released as a double A-side in the UK, I'm On Fire and Born in the U.S.A. charted at Number 5 back in 1985. The pair are side-by-side on his all-time streaming countdown too, landing in third and fourth with 20.3m and 19.6m respectively.
Bonus trivia: Both songs were Top 10 hits in America, making Bruce's Born in the U.S.A. album a record-tying LP for the most Top 10 hits from one album in the US, joint with Michael and Janet Jackson, and Drake.
Born To Run
Still popular on radio and a fan favourite at his live shows to this day, Born To Run only ever reached Number 93 in the UK, way after its 1975 release in July 2009 following a massive headline show at London's Hyde Park. However, a live version of the song hit the Official Chart in 1985, climbing to Number 16. Despite a below-the-radar chart history, the song is hugely popular in the UK today, with 22.9 million times. The song is also one of the pivotal tracks on Blinded by the Light's soundtrack featuring 12 Bruce classics.
Dancing in the Dark
Injecting synths into his music helped Bruce ride the '80s music landscape. Dancing in the Dark was a Number 2 hit in the United States and the first of four UK Top 10 singles for him. A Number 4 hit here in 1984, Dancing in the Dark is The Boss' most streamed track with 41.6 million streams.
Bruce Springsteen's Top 20 most streamed songs in the UK
|1||DANCING IN THE DARK||1984|
|2||BORN TO RUN||1975|
|3||I'M ON FIRE||1985|
|4||BORN IN THE USA||1985|
|5||STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA||1994|
|6||SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN||1982|
|11||TOUGHER THAN THE REST||1988|
|14||WAITIN ON A SUNNY DAY||2003|
|19||IM GOIN DOWN||1985|
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