Musically, the two are pretty far apart. Bruce Springsteen has relied on his “Jersey sound” and lyrics that celebrate working people, getting through hard times, and the promise of America.
Kid Rock has jumped from genre to genre — from hip hop to rock to countryish ballads that only have one common theme. That theme is almost always how cool and great Kid Rock is.
Politically, the two are miles apart. Springsteen has always been a pro-labor liberal while Rock’s current political leanings make some Republicans seem progressive.
Twitter users have been going tooth and nail trying to prove that their guy is the “good guy.”
Check out some of the highlights below, from both sides:
Bruce Springsteen or Kid Rock pic.twitter.com/NSxXAtIc3b
— Kelly Kay (@AromaLady2) April 29, 2022
Are people really comparing Bruce Springsteen and Kid Rock?
The Boss has sold over 150 million albums and is a legend. One of the all time greats.
Kid Rock is trash. Dude looks like he woke up in a trailer park after a night of drinking out of the toilet and eating cigarettes.
— Lookout (@MikeNordon) April 30, 2022
Saying Kid Rock makes better music than Bruce Springsteen is like saying a brick is a better cellphone than an iPhone.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 30, 2022
Kid Rock is more talented than liberal Bruce Springsteen by a lot.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) April 30, 2022
"Kid Rock is more talented than Bruce Springsteen" pic.twitter.com/0nRoB3uVLy
— яє∂яυм ☠️ (@Wizzard_Kick) May 1, 2022
Kid Rock. When Springsteen comes on the radio, I change the station. The same with Bon Jovi.
— Fake President Isala Ewellja (@LisaJewell11) April 30, 2022
Kidd f-ing rock. I counted somewhere around the first 40 comments.!!! Bruce is no longer “the boss”
— HOTTRODD (@RodneyB95724139) April 30, 2022
— things have changed…… (@Joecar1956) April 30, 2022
I can't believe we live in a time that I'm defending a douche in the night, but if you only know about Springsteen from Born in the USA on, then sit this out, because YOU know nothing about what you're talking about.
* The boss sucks as a person and Kid Rock is a freedom lover. https://t.co/kbp0m12lzP
— TEXAS AF!/Nationalist 🇺🇸 (@TroyATDilloTalk) May 2, 2022
Wanna know why the left can't stand Kid Rock?
Cause he told Tucker he doesn't give a fuck what people think of him and the industry can't control him.
That's why 💯
— Kelly Kay (@AromaLady2) April 30, 2022
— dancing nekkid in the street 🇺🇦 (@martycomroe) April 30, 2022
On many levels, there is no comparison. Springsteen has achieved heights in his career that Rock or 99.99% of musicians will never achieve. While Rock has had some success over 2 decades, Springsteen’s longevity dwarfs that by over double. His concert ticket sales and album sales are also way higher. Even today, if the two were to offer a concert at the same venue, it would be hard to argue that Springsteen could sell more tickets faster, and at a higher price — even in the twilight of his storied career.
Not that Rock’s career is “chump change.” He has had an enviable career that many musicians would sell their souls for. Politically, the music might be miles apart, but both artists have achieved heights that most will never come close to.
Of course, music is subjective. Everyone is free to listen to the music they prefer. That is one of the great things about music — that there really are no wrong answers. Great music is in the ears of the listener.
So, who wins in the Springsteen v Kid Rock war? In reality, no one. Music isn’t a war or even a competition. But sometimes, it is fun to debate things as if they mattered, as long as we don’t take it too far and remember that music is to be enjoyed — whatever one’s taste.