Bruce Springsteen Cover Songs | 10 Awesome Versions + Bonus Playlist

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We are excited to share with you our list of 10 awesome versions of Bruce Springsteen cover songs. Let’s check out these videos and appreciate each of these artist’s great talent!

An American singer-songwriter who is a solo artist and also leads the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen (to some) could be one of the legends we know in music. His musical career has expanded five decades until the present. He has earned the nickname “The Boss” because of his lengthy and energetic stage performances. The lyrics of his songs are known to be poetic and socially-conscious, often having an underlying recognition of experiences and struggles of working-class Americans.

“It’s not necessarily the details of your song. It’s the authenticity of the emotional life of the song that you’re delivering. So I always try to make that ring true.”

cbsnews.com interview, October 24, 2019

Having sold more than 135 million records worldwide and more than 64 million records in the US, he is known as one of the world’s best-selling artists. He has also acquired several achievements, nominations, and awards for his music. These include among others Best Rock Vocal Performance and Favorite Pop/Rock Song in 1985 for Dancing in the Dark; and Best Rock Album, Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, and Best Rock Song for The Rising in 2003. Some of the other significant recognitions include being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame both in 1999; 2009 Kennedy Center Honors recipient; and 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.

Bruce Springsteen Cover Songs | 10 Awesome Versions

The Rising | Sting

This great artist deserves a tribute for his contribution to music. Sting, the band, and the choir do an awesome performance with The Rising. Springsteen’s look of admiration says it all. This is a beautiful and touching video to watch!

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Dancing in the Dark | John Legend

Watch John Legend perform a Bruce Springsteen cover of Dancing in the Dark. Hats off to this awesome version. Just like what Howard Stern said, we do love artists who take something they’re not typically in to and make it their own. John just did that with this cover. He gives us another way to appreciate Bruce Springsteen music by flipping this song into something relatable to most in this generation. We love this John Legend performance. Check out this video and you would too!

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Bruce Springsteen Cover Songs | 10 Awesome Versions

The River | Passenger

Passenger gives us an awesome version of “The River”. He’s totally made this song his own, still preserving the emotional intensity of the character’s voice in the song. Springsteen said in a Youtube video about the song, “the river was my touchstone for all the writing that came later where you simply step into a character’s shoes and try to get your listeners to walk in those shoes for a while“. Passenger did step into that character’s shoes and narrates “his story” so well. This video gives us an emotional tug.

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Secret Garden | LeAnne Rimes

LeAnn Rimes is so deep into the song while she performs her Bruce Springsteen cover, Secret Garden. She sings the song so beautifully that passion flows out of her. There’s a part that we love where she laughed but she actually almost cried. The lyrics are just so beautiful and true. It is an emotionally-charged performance and worth listening to again and again. Soulful singing is an extraordinary talent and LeAnn definitely has it.

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Dancing in the Dark | Niall Horan

Great performance from Niall Horan singing a Bruce Springsteen cover of Dancing in the Dark. He kept the audience jamming with him throughout the song. What we love about this version is that it’s uniquely a little different starting the song mellow and getting an upbeat rhythm from the middle towards the end. His voice is just perfect for this song. Totally a spectacular show from Niall!

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Nebraska | Aoife O’Donovan

Aoife O’Donovan sings the tragic and sad story of Nebraska. There is a heartfelt sadness in the way she sings the song, just like Springsteen does when he sings this. This is another narrative writing song by Springsteen which he finds “spooky” because he sings in the voice of the dead. In a Youtube video about the story of the song, it is basically about being condemned. He wrote Nebraska “with the premise that everyone knows what it’s like to be condemned”. The artist has done a great job in this cover, highlighting her powerful voice and the soulful singing. Check out more of this artist’s music in her links below!

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I’m On Fire | Stories ft. George Krikes

I’m on Fire is such a beautiful song and we love it even more with this Bruce Springsteen cover by Stories ft. George Krikes. The strings go together beautifully with his voice. The whistle is a refreshing filler together with the instrumental part. It’s a simple cover without the fuss of so many layers of instruments. We love it when a song is just about the lyrics, the voice, and one (kind of) instrument. This makes the song more raw and special. Watch more videos from this artist below!

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I’m On Fire | Arthur Gunn

Arthur Gunn impresses us with powerful vocals in his Bruce Springsteen cover of I’m On Fire. His voice is so raw and pure and sings so passionately. Arthur is currently one of the American Idol Top 20 and that’s because he’s so good at what he does. He will surely go a long way with his music and we are so excited for him. He is plainly pure passion and talent. Watch more of his videos on his social channels now!

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Dancing in the Dark | Of Monsters and Men

We are in love with this Dancing in the Dark version by Of Monsters and Men. There is something ethereal-like in their voices. This version is so relaxing and gives off a calm and quiet feeling. This could be one of our favorite Bruce Springsteen cover. They are an Icelandic indie folk/pop band and we are excited to hear more of their music. Click on their links to follow them!

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I’m on Fire | Strawman & The Jackdaws

Awesome Bruce Springsteen cover of I’m on Fire by Strawman & The Jackdaws. Click & watch now as they bring their fire and energy to this classic by ‘The Boss’. It is such fun watching these guys perform. We’re tapping our feet while listening to this song with its catchy rhythm. Support them by visiting their socials below!

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