“More than rich, more than famous, more than happy – I wanted to be great. For many fans, that long journey pulled onto the Turnpike here.”
Darkness on the Edge of Town failed to generate any hit singles, with “Prove It All Night” barely making the Top 40 in the U.S. and follow-up “Badlands” not charting in the top 40.
At the time, Darkness claimed the number one slot on NME album of the year ranking. In 2003, the album was ranked number 151 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The same year, the TV network VH1 named Darkness on the Edge of Town the 68th greatest album of all time.