As the accentuated drumbeat pounds, the background synthesizer begins to soar at the beginning of "Born in the USA," and the tone is set for a purely energetic and raw rock & roll song, even before Springsteen's anti-war theme kicks in. Bruce Springsteen's 1984 album Born in the USA heralded numerous hit singles (seven to be exact), but none were as moving or as passionate as the title track. Spending 11 weeks on Billboard's Top 40 and peaking at the number nine spot, the simplistic song structure and straightforward arrangements presented the boss with the perfect outlet to cast his views about the Vietnam War. From a musical standpoint, the guitar is raw and strong, while Steve Van Zandt's background riffs fill in the spaces between Springsteen's hard chords. The power of the instruments are combined to create a forceful punch, as if to musically drive the song's message home. The key to "Born in the USA"'s strength lies in Max Weinberg's booming drumbeats that turn into ferocious rolls and cymbal crashes as the song progresses. While many thought that Springsteen was praising his homeland and pumping patriotism, he was actually revealing his displeasure of the U.S.'s intervention in Vietnam, as well his protest of the inhumanity of war. Further into the lyrics, he mentions the loss of a friend during the war and sings, "They're still there, he's all gone," meaning that North Vietnam is still under communist rule, the U.S.'s role was for nought, and for this his friend lost his life. While the song could have easily been sung as an acoustic ballad in the same manner as "Atlantic City" or "My Hometown," it's the fervor and the might of Springsteen in front of a bombastic array of guitar and drums that helps to drive his message home.