Hungry Heart

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"Hungry Heart"
Single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album The River
B-side"Held Up Without a Gun"
ReleasedOctober 21, 1980 (1980-10-21)
RecordedJune 23, 1979
StudioThe Power Station, New York City[1]
Length3:19 (single version)
  • 4:02 (music video)
Songwriter(s)Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen US singles chronology
"The Promised Land"
"Hungry Heart"
"Fade Away"
Bruce Springsteen UK singles chronology
"The Promised Land"
"Hungry Heart"
"Sherry Darling"
Professional ratings
Review scores

"Hungry Heart" is a 1980 song by Bruce Springsteen. It is the leading single from his fifth studio album The River. It went to number 5 in Canada and the United States, number 8 in the Netherlands, number 11 in Austria, number 17 in Sweden, number 24 in New Zealand and number 33 in Australia.

Track listing[change | change source]

  1. "Hungry Heart" – 3:19
  2. "Held Up Without a Gun" – 1:15

"Held Up Without a Gun" is a track from The River sessions that began a Springsteen tradition of using songs that did not appear on his albums as B-sides. A River Tour performance of it is included on The Essential Bruce Springsteen compilation album's optional disc. This was the only live performance of the song in a regular Springsteen concert (apart from rehearsals) until the song reappeared twice during the Magic tour and once during the Wrecking Ball Tour. The studio version remained unavailable on CD until the release of the 2015 box set The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.

The cover of the single sleeve shows the Empress Hotel, one of Asbury Park's fading landmarks of the time.

References[change | change source]

  1. "The River – Studio Sessions". Retrieved August 24, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  2. "Bruce Springsteen | Reason to Rock".
  3. "Bruce Springsteen's 'The River' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review". Billboard.
  4. "Review: Bruce Springsteen – Hungry Heart" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 85, no. 44. 1 November 1980. p. 91. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 30 May 2020 – via American Radio History.