Born in the U.S.A. is considered Bruce Springsteen's finest album, mostly by people who think Bruce Springsteen is that one-hit wonder from the 1980s who released a flag-waving anthem about how great America is and then promptly disappeared. Meanwhile, people who've heard pretty much anything Springsteen did prior to that recognize Born in the U.S.A. for what it really is: a collection of otherwise decent songs that today sound corny and awful thanks to some of the cheesiest synthesizer work this side of the intro to "Jump" by Van Halen.
The 1980s were a strange time for established rock musicians. For a while there, it seemed like any band that didn't employ a keytar player was destined to fail. Like so many other rockers at the time, Bruce Springsteen recognized this and took steps to "update" his music to keep up with the times.
While songs like "Dancing in the Dark," "Glory Days," and the massively popular title track connected with people in a huge way back then, so did neon shoelaces and skinny ties and shit. It's not the 1980s anymore. When listened to in the unforgiving light of the rest of Springsteen's recorded output, Born in the U.S.A. borders on cringe-inducing. Nevertheless, Rolling Stone named it the 86th greatest album of all time.