Okay, so maybe it's not the most patriotic song of all time (the verses deal with the trauma caused to all Americans by the Vietnam War). But on July 4th, drunk people nationwide will be screaming along to the chorus, and it's going to feel great. Surprisingly, for such a hit song, there were fewer cover versions than I expected, perhaps because it's so intimidating to tackle the Boss. It has spawned a number of parodies and response songs, however, from "Porn in the U.S.A." (Mad Magazine) to "Banned in the U.S.A." by 2 Live Crew. My only regret: I couldn't track down a video of Eric Rigler's stab at an instrumental bagpipe take.
Read on for the best, worst, and weirdest covers of "Born in the U.S.A."
7. Jose Gonzalez
The Junip frontman declines to sing the chorus, leading to a completely transformed, sensitive acoustic version.
6. Crystal Antlers
In this live version, "Born in the USA" makes a pretty good punk song.
Turning in a sensitive version seems to be the most common way to flip the song and make it your own, as evidenced by Scottish indie band Ballboy's take.
4. Bruce Stringbean and the S. Street Band
What's that, you say? "Barn in the U.S.A." doesn't count? Whatever, barns are pretty patriotic.
3. Stanley Clark
This has to be one of the more interesting versions out there-- a jazz-funk fusion take with rapped verses.
2. Richard Shindell
All these folk versions point to the fact that "Born in the U.S.A." is more protest song than a rallying cry.
1. The Arcade Fire
Interesting that a bunch of Canadians and Texans would perform this at an Obama function, but there you have it.
What do you think is the most patriotic Springsteen song? Add it in the comments!