Secret Garden (Bruce Springsteen song)

"Secret Garden" is a song by American musician Bruce Springsteen. It was originally released as a single from his Greatest Hits album on February 27, 1995, on Columbia Records. Upon its initial release, it peaked at number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Secret Garden"
Single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album Greatest Hits
A-side"Secret Garden"
B-side"Thunder Road" (live)
ReleasedApril 11, 1995
GenreSoft rock
Songwriter(s)Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen singles chronology
"Streets of Philadelphia"
"Secret Garden"
"Hungry Heart"
"Secret Garden" on YouTube

"Secret Garden" was re-released on April 11, 1997, through Sony as a two-track single, of which also featured 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 remains Springsteen's final top-20 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 number 12 and number 15 on the Adult Top 40 and Top 40 Mainstream respectively.[1]

"Secret Garden" was also featured in the film Night at the Roxbury and the TV show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The song was also synced with Gary Dell'Abate's 'Love Tape' to his ex-girlfriend. It was featured in the Cold Case episode, "Ravaged", in 2005.

The song has been performed only a handful of times live. It was performed three times in 1995 in New York, and one time on the Reunion Tour in 2000. The song returned to the setlist once in 2013 when Springsteen performed it in the United Kingdom. After a three-year hiatus, Springsteen performed it twice in 2016 in New Jersey and Washington, D.C., and once in 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.

Critical receptionEdit

In 1997, British magazine Music Week rated "Secret Garden" three out of five, describing it as a "melancholic track".[2] They also added that "this keyboard-led, introspective love song is low key, sparse and touching."[3]

Track listingEdit

  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



Certifications for "Sweet Garden"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 200,000 
United States (RIAA)[20] Gold 500,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


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  19. ^ "British single certifications – Bruce Springsteen – Secret Garden". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Bruce Springsteen – Secret Garden". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 26, 2022.