If the American public had its way, Bruce Springsteen would write a new National Anthem that would be heard before every ball game and at the start of every school day across the country.

Let’s be clear: Nobody is looking to replace Francis Scott Key’s Star-Spangled Banner with an updated version of musical nationalism. But according to a new poll, if one person were put in charge of such a task, the citizens of this great country of ours choose The Boss.

The poll, conducted by CBS’s 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair, reveals that 22 percent of people polled choose Mr. “Born in the U.S.A.” as the man with the red, white and blue plan to rock our patriotic socks off. The Boss barely edges out Dolly Parton, who received 19 percent of votes.

Other artists near the top include Stevie Wonder with 18 percent and recent Medal of Freedom recipient Bob Dylan with 11 percent of the votes.

– E.J. Judge, WCBSFM New York

Ironically, Many Americans think of Bruce’s Born In The U.S.A. as a chest-beating patriotic anthem, but he wrote the song was a tribute to his many Vietnam War veteran friends, and a protest against the hardship and lack of compassion they faced on their return to “The World”. –Jack


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