In terms of success on popular music charts, I admit I am a fair-weather Bruce Springsteen fan. I own Tunnel of Love, and don't really care for it except for the two most successful (I think) songs, Tunnel of Love and Brilliant Disguise. I also own Greatest Hits, and even some of those I'm not too keen on - I think it probably works out to "the more successful on the popular charts, the more likely I like it." And, when Springsteen fans talk about great Springsteen songs, I don't usually recognize the title as a pop chart-topper.
So, my question is... do true Springsteen fans consider his successful "pop" songs to be a "different" set of songs than his "real" stuff? Does he have two different modes of song writing, one that is really "the Boss" and one that wants/needs/? a song to top the pop charts?
In terms of Springsteen's music, is it that I am one of the mass-market sheep that likes his "pop" stuff so buys the occasional CD but never really gets into his real stuff so doesn't buy every import and bootleg etc. available?
Upon writing that, I realize I feel exactly the same way about the Beatles. The stuff of theirs I like (which is usually the pop-chart stuff), I *really* like; a LOT of the other album stuff, just never got into.