Springsteen's Born in the USA turns thirty today. I was a teenager when this album appeared and it has been with me ever since. I bought the cassette through Columbia House as part of those membership drives in which you got ten free cassettes in exchange for club membership.
There are other Springsteen albums that are better--Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Nebraska, even the River--but as Pete Chianca writes at Blogness on the Edge of Town, this album showed that Bruce Springsteen was ready for the world." Here is a taste: