These are the 52 musicians and bands Bruce Springsteen enthusiastically mentions in exhaustive, 72-minute interview on NPR Music. Time to do some research, y'all. 

  • Pearl Jam
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Bob Dylan
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Hank Williams
  • The Beatles
  • The Rolling Stones
  • U2
  • The Everly Brothers
  • Sam & Dave
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • The Who
  • Oasis
  • The Kinks
  • James Brown
  • Jay Z
  • Public Enemy
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Kanye West
  • Toby Keith
  • Kenny Chesney
  • George Jones
  • Conway Twitty
  • Lefty Frizzell
  • David Blue
  • Jackson Browne
  • Dave Van Ronk
  • The New York Dolls
  • Suicide
  • Elvis Presley
  • Savages
  • T-Bone Burnett
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • Against Me!
  • Jason Isbell
  • Drive-By Truckers
  • Slim Dunlap
  • The Replacements
  • Kristina Train
  • Dusty Springfield
  • Eric Church
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Phosphorescent
  • Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  • 8th Day
  • Gene Chandler
  • Frank Wilson
  • Phil Spector
  • The Fleshtones
  • The Grateful Dead
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At one moment particularly you had “White Lines” and this was stuff that was talking about what was going on in the streets and in the inner cities with people who were struggling. And that was something that, I mean, I had my own context for that, you know, that I wrote about it in my own way. But it was the music that came along and gave voice to those things outside of what was then considered a protest music context, you know, and did so really beautifully. And so, you know, I’m not well-versed in it but I have listened over the years. You know, Public EnemyNotorious B.I.G., I listened to Tupac, I listen to Kanye West. Kanye West is incredible, you know. I mean, the record-making facility, you know, there’s a lot of hours in those records and they’re …

He’s a perfectionist like you.

I mean some of these, there’s like, just the production. And I saw him on television, he did the song called “Blood on the Leaves” on the Later…With Jools Holland — it was fantastic, you know. He’s a very, I still find him very interesting. I’m not necessarily driving [to] it in my car, you know. I probably fall back on the stuff that I listened to as a kid or something if I’m driving around. But I do listen. I listen to a lot because there’s a lot of information in it and it’s just fascinating record-making.

Yes, Bruce Springsteen listens to Kanye like everybody else.

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