Best Rush Albums

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Moving Pictures
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Rush has too many great albums, each individually amazing in their own way. This was a very hard decision for me.
As an album this will be the best... all the songs are brilliant but listen to Xanadu and 2112.. they are brilliant but at the same time listen to fountain of lamneth... not very popular but its still good... but all the songs in this album are really good... Tom Sawyer, YYZ and Red Barchetta are breath taking!
[Newest]2112 might be the best Rush SONG, but Moving Pictures is the best album.

Not gonna lie, I'm not a big Rush fan at all and I only know a few of their songs thanks to classic rock radio. But all that changed when I heard this. I was definitely in love with their first album because it was exactly what I loved most about music, but this album was what makes me want to listen to them a whole lot more. It's fantastic from start to finish and each time I listen to it I'm blown away. It's something else, really. There aren't good enough words to truly describe this masterpiece..
Rush's masterpiece. An amazing ride of excitement from start to finish. The title track 2112 is probably my favorite.
For me, 2112, Hemispheres, and Moving Pictures are all 10/10 albums. But there is something about this album that makes it better. It has the balladry of "Tears" the hard rock of "Something for Nothing". The creepiness of "The Twilight Zone. It has the foreign sounding "A Passage to Bangkok". And of course it has "2112" which is my favourite song of all time. This was my introduction to Rush and remains my favourite Rush album.
[Newest]2112 song dominates the album

Rush is my all time favorite band, I'm a huge fan and know every song... And this is by far the best.
1) Hemispheres
2) Permanent Waves
3) 2112
4) A Farewell To Kings
5) Caress Of Steel
6) Fly By Night
7) Moving Pictures
8) Rush
9) Presto
10) Signals
11) Clockwork Angels
12) Grace Under Pressure
13) Counterparts
14) Roll The Bones
15) Test For Echo
16) Snakes and Arrows
17) Vapour Trails
18) Hold Your Fire
19) Power windows
As a major Rush fan this is how I would rank their albums from best to worst.
Sure, it only has 4 songs, but they are all tight, they are all beautiful, they are all unique, and all of them almost perfect. Whether it be the story-telling and awesome riffage of hemispheres, circumstances' cool 5/4 and story of introspection, the trees being a great song, or la villa strangiato being one of their most creative instrumentals.
Hemispheres is by far the ultimate punctuation mark on the band's albums from the 1970's. These four songs stand against that of its more widespread counterparts, and yet the themes presented and musical complexity of all four tracks are the deepest on any album. Every facet of the band is in perfect harmony, and yet still unequivocally rocks without being drowned out. When comparing the songs here to similar ones from other albums, Hemispheres is just more cohesive as a unified work, and isn't just my favorite Rush album, but my favorite album, period.
[Newest]This is my favourite Rush album - the production, sound of alex lifeson's guitar and the songs in general are great.

4Permanent Waves
"The Spirit of Radio" and "Freewill" are probably the two best songs put next to each other on any album; oh, and the rest of the album rocks also.
Coming from someone who's mostly only heard their 75 to 82 output this is quite easily my favourite. Productions sounds great, particularly the lush guitar tone. I agree about 'Natural Science'. I love every track on this album, 'Entre Nous' is my favourite Rush track that doesn't have a solo
All the examples of permanent waves on the cover, all the songs following the permanent waves theme, every song on the track being dynamite, and perhaps Rush's best song kicking off the album make this one their best. Such a sound, such complexity, such structure... Beautiful!
[Newest]Freewill is one of Rush's most underrated songs. Spirit of Radio, of course, is famous too.

5A Farewell to Kings
The best of the long epic era. The short songs are good. The two long ones (Xanadu and Cygnus x-1)... I have no words that will adequately describe how awesome I think they are. Words fail me. (Honorable mention to Signals which I thing is number 2 and the best of the 80s era. And which I listen to now. )
Not to discount the obvious greatness of any of their albums, but after 2112, when they had free reign of creativity they decided to make A Farewell to Kings, which is incredibly political and philosophical. The only thing that could've made this album better is if it was also Hemispheres
You know... Xanadu is a masterpiece of proness like really complete by Cuba-khan... And closer to the heart will blow your mind to Saturn. Or Pluto. But musically rush is the size of Jupiter. And do not rate this comment irrelevant because I am just comparing. And a farewell to kings has like the best acoustic intro of the 70s man!
[Newest]1. Farewell to kings
2. Moving pictures
3. 2112
4. Permanent waves
5. Hemispheres

This album is a true masterpiece and to me the best moment of Rush as well. It is full of high quality progressive rock compositions which make up a unique release in the history of rock music as a whole. It contains wonderful tracks that only a band with the musical skills and the creative ability of Rush could ever create and perform. "Subdivisions" is simply one of the best songs ever written and "The Analog Kid", "Chemistry", "Losing It" and "Countdown" are also spectacular.
This was the Rush album that made me a fan! I began to listen to their back catalog extensively after this. Ironically, it was the LAST of the great Rush albums. Never before or since has Neil's lyrics been as poignant as in "Losing It", Alex's solo as emotional as in "Chemistry", or Geddy's chops as superb as in "Subdivisions". I wonder if Rush could record another great album if they worked with Terry Brown again...
The songs on this album aren't just songs- they're stories. Neil Peart's lyrics are simply amazing, and the band just has a way of piecing together music that I don't think any other band does. I definitely would put this up in the top 5.
[Newest]I'm not sure why this is my favorite. It's really hard to pick one, and after hours and hours of thinking about it, and listening to Rush... I finally had to settle on Signals. There is something about it, the lyrics, the music, that strikes emotion for me. This is the Grace Under Pressure Hemingway spoke about. If you REALLY listen to it, think about it, feel it. It's a masterpiece. I always come back to these songs.

7Clockwork Angels
Three years ago I voted for Signals - I still listen to that album, Moving Pictures, Hemispheres, and A Farewell to Kings on a regular basis. I truly thought that their best days were long gone when they released this masterpiece! This is possibly their most inspired work since their 1976 - 1982 heyday. Every song is a masterpiece in this song cycle but the crowning glory, The Garden, brings a lump in my throat every time.

I love Rush - I hope that they go on for another ten years... But I really don't know if they can possibly end their career with a better song than The Garden or with a better album than Clockwork Angels. Well done, gentlemen!
Every song on this album stands out to me! It tells a great story and every single song on it has its own vibe that stands out to me unlike most of the songs on snakes and arrows which somewhat boring to me... I believe this album deserves to be #3 since even though its not moving pictures or 2112, it belongs up there with them!
For me the tracks that stand out the most are. Headlong flight and the garden. The garden is so cam and soothing to listen too. Great album

8Fly by Night
Has a brilliant mix of Zeppish-Rootsy Rock and Proggier stuff and Neil Peart has never sounded so exciting. Has some great under rated tunes (Making Memories, In The End) and even Rivendell reminds me of being a Tolkien obsessed teen. Can't believe it's below the God Awful 'Power Winders'
I think this is at least in the top three next to 2112 and hemispheres. I mean this is as raw of RUSH as you get. It's the first album with Neil Peart ( which is there second album). Every song on there is just Raw RUSH.
Fly by night take you away wherever you are... The song have spirit and is one of the one's there when I listen I feel in Rock & Roll Soul
Raw. Brilliant. Dangerous and without pretension.

9Grace Under Pressure
This album is really underrated in my opinion. I'm not even kidding when I say this. Sure, the synthesizers were introduced but you had songs like Red Sector A, Between the Wheels, Distant Early Warning (one of my all time favorites), etc.
Everyone always rags on the synthesizer period. In my opinion, this is Rush's best album, or at least my favorite. My favorites are Between The Wheels, the-always-forgotten Afterimage, The Body Electric, and Kid Gloves. Not to mention the album's most notorious, Distant Early Warning and Red Sector A.
This was the first album I bought of theirs and while not typical of my listening or their output I stand by it's essential quality.
[Newest]Number 5 of my top 5, but some really great stuff.

10Power Windows
This should be the best album, because it was an experiment with a new producer and new sounds and it was amazing. Mystic Rhythms is an amazing song as well.
Beautiful emotional songs. Maybe the most emotional Rush album. Very good arrangements. This is for me the best album from the Rush-synthesizer-period. This album feature very sustained Police-like guitar sound, great guitar solos, grindings bass and the perfect percussion.
Other than Moving Pictures, I feel that this album has some very good melodies, excellent bass and drums. I like the guitar, despite it not taking a formal rock position on the album. Over all, I give this record a 4 and a half stars out of five.
[Newest]Power Windows is by far the most underrated rush album. The emotions run high on this album.

The Contenders

11Caress of Steel
Opening riff of the album is awesome!
The Fountain of Lamneth is a great and epic finish,
but it's The Necromancer that makes it the best Rush Album.
Moving pictures number 1? Most commercial album ever! The songs are good but I honestly think Caress was better because it was not a pop-sounding album and it is a much more fantasy-driven album. Moving pictures should be number 4-5
Caress is definitely Rush's most underrated album

I liked the raw 'transistor' atmosphere of the guitar on this record... a healthy combination of heavy guitar and sophisticated rhythm-changes... the sound is 'full/weighted' without being 'thick' or 'stifling'.

Good distortion pedal work, too.
The heavy use of bass drums in songs like 'double agent' sound fantastic, and the production value of this album is great. One fantastic album.
3 Words: "Animate" and "Nobody's Hero. " 2 of the most underrated rock songs ever released, this album really shows off just how good Neil Peart is as a Lyricist. "Alien Shore" is another personal favourite.
Agreed. I really love Counterparts. Great writing, great bass.

Rush (the album) and snakes and arrows should be much higher just have to listen to them all the way through, they are pretty spectacular. Who am I kidding anyone of Rush's albums is spectacular.
This is not my favourite, but just working man alone puts it in the top ten. Without Peart it has a more Zeppelin feel than any other rush album. Still really sound guitar work.

14Snakes & Arrows
Bringing back the instrumentals adds a flavor long missed
This will always be my favorite. It's a damn shame to see it so low.

15Roll the Bones
An incredibly underrated album. I have no idea why so many rush fans don't like this. Every song is about randomness in life and it is just beautiful. The rap contained in the title track was never meant to say "hey look at us, we are trying to be young and hip, " it was simply a silly joke - further evidence of Rush's self deprecating humor.
Not their best perhaps but still way underrated Dreamline rules and so does ghost of a chance and even roll the bones is good who gives about the rap?
This album contains many of Rush's best songs: Dreamline, Roll the Bones (very funny, and probably not a serious song), and, of course, Ghost of a Chance (a Rush love song, doesn't happen very often, but, this song is a masterpiece with an amazing solo).

16Exit...Stage Left
This is like a live "Best Of" album of songs from my favorite period of Rush (Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures).

I think many of the songs on here are superior to their original studio versions, especially the older songs where Geddy originally sang them with that annoying "banshee wail".

It is THE Rush album that prompted to me to buy all the prior Rush albums.
This is from far the best Rush Album for the reasons already given previously. As said this album has all the best songs created by the group until the early 80's. The mood in this album is also the best they had as a live testimony of their work. A must have to really know what Rush is able to give us.
It has all the best songs from Moving Pictures, Permanent Waves and a Farewell to kinks on it. What else do I have to say? It's the absolute best of CD!

17All The World's A Stage

Easily Rush's most underrated album. The songs are catchy, well-done, and emotional. Show Don't Tell is a very good opener, The Pass is a very emotional, very beautiful but sad song. The band members justly say that it's one of their favourite songs. Scars has a great rythmm. Superconductor is catchy, Red Tide is somewhat apocalyptic, and Available Light is perhaps Rush's greatest closing song.
This isn't the best album, but it is one of the best, and I simply don't understand how it's all the way down here. Presto, chain lightning, scars, the pass, available light, and every other song on there is amazing.
Rush's most underrated album. The Pass, Presto, Available Light, amazing songs!

19A Show of Hands


21Clockwork Angels Tour

22Test for Echo
I love 2112 and Power Windows, as well as Clockwork Angels, but this album takea the lead. Super laid back and melodic, excellent guitar work, an interesting take on the drumming, and just overall goodness.
Although 2112 and such are good albums, Test For Echo is a great album (also, Moving Pictures is overrated, in my opinion).

23Vapor Trails
This is by far the best album they put out since their comeback. What a comeback album! It's so emotional and raw. The musical compositions are fascinating and the lyrics are personal and just plain poetic. A vastly underrated album (even by the band members themselves). Its too bad the production of this album (and the newest one too) is so poor. With proper production this will become the classic rush album of the 2000's.

24Rush in Rio
Possibly Rushes greatest live album
Nearly 3 hours of some of there greatest songs and for a great price!
Production value is spot on and the audience reaction is brilliant,
By far the best Rush live album, but in all honesty, Moving Pictures was the best...

25Hold Your Fire
How can this be bottom, it is one of the top 3 along with clockwork angels and moving pictures, 2112 is good but has one song but everything in hold your fire is perfect, the balance between guitars and synth is spot on and every song has a great tune and beat and the lyrics are superb
The album that got me into Rush. It does not have the urgency and directness of the harder 70's albums but the arrangements and songs themselves still thrill me to this day. I love it
Don't know why this one got so much criticism... It's got some of the best Rush songs period, but it also produces beautiful music if you open your ears.

Definitely not their best, but still really fun at events like pool parties and just fun to listen to in general! Heart full of soul is an awesome rush song!

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