Theatergoers and Springsteen fans alike are clamoring for tickets to the ultra-hot musical, Springsteen on Broadway. And those who’ve scored a $1,000+ ticket have heard the Boss’ updated version ‘Born In the U.S.A.’
The bluesy, slowed-down version might be more fitting for the times, and will soon be released to the masses.
Ahead that, Springsteen arranged to have one the first copies personally delivered to former president Barack Obama. That made an impression: earlier today, Obama included the unreleased cut as one his favorite songs 2017.
Apparently, the more somber, ‘Broadway blues’ edition ‘Born In the U.S.A.’ pretty damn good. “It’s] not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best,” Obama included at the end his list favorites.
In terms the song itself, we’re not sure how much the original has been altered. Presumably, this is a more somber and reflective version, one that fits the times — and Springsteen’s view America these days. Springsteen has been a sharp critic the current administration, and feels that America’s working class acted out desperation in the most recent presidential election.
As for the rest Obama’s list — well, let’s just say Springsteen was on the more ‘seasoned’ side.
Here’s Obama’s top songs 2017, as blasted on Facebook earlier today.
(You’ll see the Springsteen shout at the end).
‘Mi Gente’ by J Balvin & Willy William
‘Havana’ by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
‘Blessed’ by Daniel Caesar
‘The Joke’ by Brandi Carlile
‘First World Problems’ by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
‘Rise Up’ by Andra Day
‘Wild Thoughts’ by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
‘Family Feud’ by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
‘Humble’ by Kendrick Lamar
‘La Dame et Ses Valises’ by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)
‘Unforgettable’ by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)
‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ by The National
‘Chanel’ by Frank Ocean
‘Feel It Still’ by Portugal. The Man
‘Butterfly Effect’ by Travis Scott
‘Matter Time’ by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
‘Little Bit’ by Mavis Staples
‘Millionaire’ by Chris Stapleton
‘Sign the Times’ by Harry Styles
‘Broken Clocks’ by SZA
‘Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)’ by U2
*Bonus: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)
A lot these songs are already huge hits. But a few are lesser-known, including ‘La Dame et Ses Valises’ by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka). That track is definitely worth checking out.
Also making the list is the fast-rising SZA, whose ‘Broken Clocks’ grabbed a mention. Just recently, SZA appeared on Saturday Night Live before playing a string sold-out shows. It’s been a pretty good year for the r&b singer.
As for Bruce, Obama’s nod is part a long-running friendship. The ‘other Boss’ has long supported Barack Obama’s campaigns and initiatives, and the favor has been returned. In 2016, Obama happily awarded Springsteen a Medal Honor alongside other accomplished luminaries like Bill Gates.