We dare you to try and think of a musician more American than Bruce Springsteen. Since the early '70s the Boss has been entertaining us from the Jersey shore—the cool one—and beyond. We've watched with affection, and sartorial admiration, as he went from a skinny tank-top wearing kid to the king of all biceps. Remarkably, over a nearly 40-year period, Springsteen's style never really faltered. Even through the '80s, he stuck to simple classics—jeans, a shirt, and the occasional statement leather piece. So, on his 66th birthday, out of national pride we suggest you check out these 20 photos of the Boss looking totally boss.
Surrounded by flowers, 1970
Young Bruce Springsteen vs. Young Bob Dylan, Springsteen +1
Wrapped in oxblood leather, 1970
Springsteen knows the best way to wear a statement coat is with a simple tee.
Making America Great, 1975
Iconic in sleeveless denim.
The last note of his last song on the Born In the U.S.A. Tour, 1985
Letting it all out.
Giving Drum Lessons, 1976
His Che Guevara steez.
Taking a break, 1975
If you've got it, wear tiny shorts.
Kinda stoned?, 1973
This is how every man should wear his hair.
Spotlighting the clavicle, 1988
Rocking the full tuck.
Casually vintage, 1976
Don't forget the power of a red T-shirt.
His famously XXL beanie, 1975
Yours should be smaller.
Born to run, 1990
The Boss does everything on his own.
With Ronnie Specter, 1975
Excellent deep V execution.
Muscles! , 1990
Making major gains.
Double leather layers, 1990
A gladiator in Ray-Bans.
With a matching Bob Dylan, 1990
Old Bob Dylan vs. Old Bruce Springsteen, Springsteen +2
With Chuck Berry, 1987
Dressed up in gold at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
American biceps, 1988
Advanced sweatshirt skills.
Showing a little nip, 1985
A loose-y goose-y paisley shirt and a glimpse of chest hair.
About to drop the mic, 1975
His famous sleeve roll.
Steven Spielberg photo bomb, 2014
Still sharp as shit after all these years.