Secret Garden (Bruce Springsteen song)

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"Secret Garden"
Single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album Greatest Hits
A-side "Secret Garden"
B-side "Thunder Road" (live)
Released April 11, 1995
Format CD
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:30
Label Sony
Writer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Producer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Jon Landau
Chuck Plotkin
Bruce Springsteen singles chronology
"Streets of Philadelphia"
"Secret Garden"
"Hungry Heart"

"Secret Garden" is a 1995 single by Bruce Springsteen. It was originally released February 27, 1995 on his Greatest Hits album on Columbia Records. Upon its initial release it peaked at No. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It was then re-released on April 11, 1997 on Sony Records as a two track single, featuring a live version of "Thunder Road". (An EP was also released in 1995, featuring two versions of "Secret Garden" ("album" and "string"), live versions of "Murder Incorporated" and "Thunder Road" and the original version of "Pink Cadillac" from "Greatest Hits.") This re-issue returned the song to the Hot 100, where it peaked at number 19 and is Springsteen's final Top 40 hit in the United States to date.[1]

The song gained much of its popularity after being featured on the soundtrack for the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire peaking at No. 12 and No. 15 on the Adult Top 40 and Top 40 Mainstream respectively.[1]

In 1997, an unauthorized remix, known as the "Z100 Jerry Maguire Mix", was released on a compilation CD titled The Morning Zoo Bootleg by radio station KKRZ. This mix was created by a DJ at the station and includes clips of dialogue from the film interspersed throughout the song between Springsteen's lyrics.[2]

"Secret Garden" was also featured in the film Night at the Roxbury.

The song has been performed only six times live. It was performed three times in 1995 in New York and returned to the setlist in 2013 when Springsteen performed it in the UK. After a three year hiatus, Springsteen performed it twice in 2016 in New Jersey and Washington DC. As part of his February 14th 2017 "Valentines Day" concert in Brisbane Australia Springsteen decided to sing Secret Garden without warning The E Street Band, the impromptu rendition had the band and crew rushing to change instruments with very little warning. What resulted was an impeccable performance which was widely acknowledged as one of the highlights of the concert.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Secret Garden" – 4:29
  2. "Secret Garden - string version" – 4:38
  3. "Murder Incorporated - live version" – 5:50
  4. "Thunder Road - Live" – 5:29

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995-1997) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 9
Canadian RPM Top Singles 7
Dutch Top 40 29
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[3] 14
German Singles Chart 66
Irish Singles Chart 14
UK Singles Chart 17
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 19
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 5

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1997) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 77


  1. ^ a b Allmusic Bruce Springsteen chart history
  2. ^ [Secret Garden Z100 Jerry Maguire Mix]
  3. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

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