Bruce Springsteen released the record that would become his biggest-selling album of all time thirty years ago on June 4, 1984. Born In The U.S.A. would skyrocket Springsteen to global success, get misappropriated by a President, and turn his ass into an international icon. The album featured seven top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Michael Jackson's record set with Thriller (Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 would later yield seven in 1989-91, as well) and went on to be certified 15-times Platinum by the RIAA.
"Born In the U.S.A. changed my life and gave me my biggest audience," Springsteen said in his 1998 lyric anthology, Songs. "It forced me to question the way I presented my music and made me think harder about what I was doing." - Billboard