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Bruce Springsteen has romanticized the Jersey Shore for over a half century since releasing Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. in 1973.

The thought of summer weather, late nights, and a few cold drinks gives anyone who’s spent a summer vacation at the Jersey Shore a feeling of comfort and nostalgia about a place where they can leave their problems behind.

“The Boss” grew up in Freehold, New Jersey before gradually making a name for himself in Asbury Park and the surrounding area in North Jersey. His reputation as a hero of the common man developed partly because of his constant representation of his roots in the Garden State and references to easily identifiable places in the area. 

The semi-autobiographies that Springsteen wrote turned into classics as he grew into the cultural icon we know today.

When Bruce Springsteen visits the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia in March and Citizens Bank Park in August, Shoobies, Bennys and Locals will flock to hear their heart songs and bond over the peace of mind that summer brings.

  • Atlantic City

    Bruce Springsteen made his clearest reference to the Jersey Shore with “Atlantic City” on Nebraska in 1982. This song tells a darker story about the death of a mob boss in Philadelphia. The official video shows scenes from the most commonly known shore point in South Jersey.

    Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty
    And meet me tonight in Atlantic City


  • Jersey Girl

    Tom Waits originally wrote and performed “Jersey Girl” in 1980, but Bruce Springsteen popularized the song with live performances in the state of New Jersey. The song starts off with a perfect line to describe the anticipation of a vacation.

    Tonight I’m gonna take that ride
    Across the river to the Jersey side
    Take my baby to the carnival
    And I’ll take her on all the rides

    “Jersey Girl” tied in the romantic theme commonly associated with summer music, especially by the countless people in the mid-Atlantic region who met their spouses at the Jersey Shore.

    Cause down the shore everything’s all right
    You and your baby on a Saturday night
    You know all my dreams come true
    When I’m walking down the street with you

  • Girls in Summer Clothes

    The verses of “Girls in Summer Clothes” reference the homy feeling of small towns in addition to the girls on the beach. The official video was filmed at the Jersey Shore.

    And the girls in their summer clothes
    In the cool of the evening light
    The girls in their summer clothes
    Pass me by

  • Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

    “Rosalita” is like many Springsteen songs about the feeling of youth and the desire to make it big against all odds. The lyrics tell the story of a young couple who don’t have the approval of the their parents.

    And my tires were slashed and I almost crashed, but the Lord had mercy
    And my machine, she’s a dud, out stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey

  • Born to Run

    It’s a classic that won’t go out of style. The most popular Springsteen song is even recognized by the Library of Congress for artistic influence. 

    The song mentions “Highway 9,” which runs along the coast of the Jersey Shore. Springsteen famously performed it with fellow New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi at a concert to benefit relief funds for damages caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

    Tramps like us
    Baby we were born to run

  • Jungleland

    “Jungleland” captures the imperfections and authenticity associated with the Jersey Shore. It ties in a feeling of nostalgia for mistakes made as a teenager, like this line about drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain.

    And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine
    Over the Jersey state line
    Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge
    Drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain

  • Spirit in the Night

    “Spirit in the Night” uses a rebellious vibe and a geographic reference to Route 88, which runs into the heart of Point Pleasant in North Jersey just a few miles from Asbury Park. 

    Well, Billy slammed on his coaster brakes
    And said, “Anybody want to go on up to Greasy Lake?
    It’s about a mile down on the dark side of Route 88
    I got a bottle of rose so let’s try it

  • Thunder Road

    “Thunder Road” never explicitly mentions the state of New Jersey, but the themes  stay in line with the most popular music from the Boss. The vibe has made it a Jersey Shore favorite for generations.

    You can still catch the Juliano Brothers covering it at Keenan’s in Wildwood, the beach bars of Sea Isle, and plenty of spots throughout the rest of Cape May County every summer.

    It’s also become one of the easiest songs to allow for the audience to take over at a live show.

    Hey, what else can we do now?
    Except roll down the window
    And let the wind blow back your hair
    Well, the night’s busting open
    These two lanes will take us anywhere

  • Tunnel of Love

    Springsteen filmed the video for “Tunnel of Love” in Asbury Park with scenes along the famous boardwalk that show carnival rides, food vendors, and other easily recognizable scenery. It also includes scenes inside an abandoned casino that add authenticity to the location.

    It ends with Bruce walking toward a fading sunset, a peaceful image easily associated with a summer vacation and a beach setting.

  • Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

    You hear it every December. Bruce couldn’t resist dropping a Jersey Shore reference into a holiday cover.

    It’s all cold down along the beach
    The wind’s whipping down the boardwalk

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