Best Rush Songs

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2112 is a masterpiece filled with beautiful melodies/harmonies with a heap of emotion under neil pearts kick ass druming

A masterpiece where three awesome musicians show their skills. And I think Geddy Lee's vocals are very good in this song. If someone wants to know which kind of band is this, I think he should listen to 2112.

A brilliant epic by all three, featuring the greatest drum tracks of al time. Alex lifeson shows his chops, Geddy Lee gets his Groove on and Neil Peart just kicks ass. For twenty minutes.

Great drummer and guitarists, vocals however...

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2Tom Sawyer

Very good song, although I
find it hilarious how Geddy Lee thought that this was the worse song on the album.

What a bass line! It's so amazing that my ears cry for hear this song again and again and again and again and again and again... Again and...

This is awesome, it takes the instrumental section that they had developed on tracks like Free Will to a new level, for me they were 'prog rock' no more. It's so good to hear all these years later.

Excellent, wonderful, catchy song. Although, in my opinion, it should be somewhere between 10 and 5. It shows the bands rocking section, and also tells a good story, but the prog-rock stuff from earlier in their career should have more recognition than this. - lavillaof2112

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3Spirit Of Radio

I'm not going to write some fancy critic comment. all I hve to say is that it is a great song. - thomasnirvanastroud

First song I heard from Rush and Spirit of Radio is still my favorite song after all this time. I just love everything, the instruments, the lyrics. Every time I hear the song I have to sing along!

I can't believe Spirit of Radio is so far down! Gosh... It's Rush's best song performed while they were at the top of their game! - AlexConley

One likes to believe in the freedom of music...

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4Limelight

What can I say, when I think of Rush this is the first song that comes to my mind

The lyrics are quite intelligent. Although, I my be defeating my point since I understand them...

Best non-super-prog-rock song by Rush. It's guitar and bass both intertwine really well. And what can be said about Neil Peart that hasn't been said before. The lyrics are also very prominent in this song, being some of Peart's best, talking about how he is shy and doesn't like to meet fans and be in the spotlight, or, should I say, limelight, because of it. - lavillaof2112

Can't say I've heard that much Rush, but I really love this one, the lyrics are great, the riff is one of their best. It's an excellent representation of Rush at their best.

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5La Villa Strangiato

It starts out light and Mexican-style, which you don't really hear a lot in rock. The intro is a masterpiece in and of itself. Then it goes with the synth and light electric guitar, and it's just so soothing. Then it hits it hard with the riffs 1 & 2, which are so awesome and just make me feel like I'm doing sports or something. Then it goes serious, and it's some of the most moving instrumentation I've ever heard. Listening just to the solo proved to me that Lifeson is the best guitarist of all time. Then it goes into a gloomy 7/4 section, hits it hard with the riff from another song (what song was that? ), and everything becomes sporty again. It tells such a wonderful story, no words needed. Also, it's awesome how they've been able to transform it to their pleasing at all of the live shows. All of this from a dream.

This song can make me sad, happy, excited, aroused, pumped, scared... I think I ran out of emotions here. What I'm saying is if I had to pick one song to choose from before I die... It would be this piece of music that should only be labeled as a "masterpiece" and nothing short of a masterpiece. If Rush only published this song... They would still be my favorite band.

La Villa Strangiato is a masterpiece. Clocking in at just under ten minutes long, it starts out very folk-rock like, which is quite interesting. This first movement, "Buenas Noches, Mein Froinds" is very beautiful and helps to immerse the listener. The following section, "To sleep, perchance to dream" is a soft and almost trippy section that is meant to sound like falling asleep. The guitar riff and drum part slowly get louder and louder as the listener slowly gets entranced. Next up comes "Strangiato theme," the epic riff that is the centerpiece of the song. It is extremely energetic and propels the song forwards. The middle section of the riff is very jazzy and provides a slight bit of calm. Next up after that is my favorite movement, "A Lerxst in Wonderland." It starts out by fading away from the loud and raucous riff, before completely disappearing except for a drum beat from Peart. Then Lifeson starts the amazing guitar solo, one of the ...more

Definitely their best. - Brobusky

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6YYZ

Very good song, I love all of these songs, but I had to choose this. I know about half of this on Bass, and it's no easy task. Keep on Rockin' guys. - JohnPaulJones

This is undoubtedly for me the signature songof Rush. It describes Rush music in every aspect. The instrumentality is very perfect. One of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time.

cmon tom sawyer?no way it should be 2nd best yyz is the best!
dont know why?ok..
1.yyz means toronto and they mad that song for toronto.2.geddy lee,alex,and neil show there ultimate skills in that song and not in tom sawyer so ya - migeezel3

So few bands can even attempt to play this song.

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7Subdivisions

Just about anyone can relate to this song. That has to stand for something.

Seeing this song live changed my life. The synth solo in this song makes me see the world through different eyes. Such a true message as well!

Talk about knowing your audience! Like someone else said, almost anyone can relate to this song in some way. This song so eerily hits someone to their core and you realize how powerful music can really be when its true and done right!

Eh... I'm not the biggest fan of this song. I've always thought of it as being a bit cheesy. However, it is still a great song by all means, and deserves a spot in the Top 20. (And don't think I'm one those people who was super popular and can't relate to the song. I used to have two friends.) - lavillaof2112

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8Xanadu

This song takes me on a journey every time I hear it. Just when you think you've reached the end of the trip at the bottom of the valley, you climb to a new peak. Rush were my musical guides in finding Xanadu! The sweet milk of paradise never tasted so good!

The first of the "modern" rush epics that also include Natural Science and The Camera Eye. This is my favorite. The live version from Exit... Stage Left may be the greatest live version of any song ever.

The slow, opening guitar sequence blows me away EVERY time.

A way better song than Limelight and Tom Sawyer.

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9Freewill

Alex's best, most skillfully displayed solo ever. Some of Neil's most thought provoking writing ever. And you gotta love Geddy's shredding just before the guitar solo...

This song definitely pushes the limits on Geddy's vocal range during the bridge, it sounded like he was going to hurt himself! I love this song!

I feel like this song is almost as good as Spirit of Radio. Which means that, if you've seen my comment on it, this song should be lower. I've never been a huge fan of this song. - lavillaof2112

Although I like both, this is overshadowed by The Spirit of Radio. - Brobusky

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10Working Man

Their first true masterpiece, at the beginning of their recording career. Amazing guitars, drums, and some of Geddy's most incredible vocal work. It's not his most impressive bass work, but the rest of the instrumentation is as good here as it would ever be.

Blows away half the "radio-friendly" songs everyone is voting for, just an incredible guitar display by a young Alex Lifeson

I don't know any other hard rock song that comes close to Working Man except 2112, but Working Man has the blistering guitar solos and catchy riff elevate it above any other Rush epic in my humble opinion.

Not just the best Rush song, but one of the best classic rock songs ever.

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The Contenders

11Closer to the Heart

Listen to this song on the different stages album... Then you will absolutely change your opinion on this being number 10

This is not my favourite Rush, but since my favourite Rush song is already decently high in this top 10, I am voting for "Closer To The Heart" because it deserves to be higher. This band was always able to give the public what they wanted and never steer away from what they loved.

Closer to the heart has a very cheery feel to it a really nice guitar solo and love that bass Neil has some epic drums here do that's all

I'm glad this is in the top 10 but I think it deserves top 7 at least

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12Fly By Night

Song is awesome I can't believe it's this low down. - ballaboi17

Reminds me of the foo fighters song learn to fly, to absolutely amazing songs, this sounds absolutely amazing and Geddy's voice is perfect for this type of song.

Can't believe its not higher, its probably not their most famous song, but is has everything rush stood for in the early days, love the main riff overall AWESOME SONG!

How in the world is this down so low? I can't believe it! This is easily around #6 or #7. - lavillaof2112

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13Red Barchetta

How can you not like this song? In my opinion, the greatest song by ANY band. It's a great mixture of hard rock and progressive rock. It has a guitar solo. And, it's about a ' CAR. What is there not to like about this masterpiece of a song?

The best of Rush: Amazing musicianship; fantastic stand-alone story (albeit borrowed from another author); fluidly changing time signatures; and a pure rock feel. Besides, how much more rock can you get than a song about driving an awesome car?

FINALLY! RUSH WROTE A SONG ABOUT A CAR! HOW LONG DID IT TAKE? Screams of joy aside, this song is really great, and I love the story of the lyrics. It is really great to listen to while driving, believe it or not. - lavillaof2112

Red Barchetta just stands out among some great songs of theirs. Neil Peart is the best drummer in the world. Should definitely be in the top five. It is classic rock at its finest.

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14The Trees

These lyrics are not weird. If you listen no I really mean LISTEN it is about,iIt's about the Canadian separatist movement in Quebec. The general consensus is that Canada has become too British, and the French separatists (represented by the Maples - I.E. Toronto Maple Leaves) want their independence. The lyric "so the Maples formed a union, and demanded equal rights, they say the Oaks are just too lofty, and they grab up all the light" implies that the French Canadian minority wishes to secede, but they can't because the majority won't allow it. The song continues to state that the "oaks just shake their heads", implying that the majority cannot understand the separatist's choices. The lyric about keeping them equal by "hatchet, axe, and saw" implies that despite their differences, they all are susceptible death. The song actually created quite a stir in Canada during the 70's when it was released, and many radio stations actually refused to play it out ...more

Toronto Maple Leafs do not represent Quebec as Toronto is in Ontario and would be more English.

This song is great! If you see someone who talks about it having a "deeper inner meaning", well, it doesn't. Neil Peart said that he read a comic with trees arguing like people and proceeded to write the song. The comment below is complete crap, it's just a story by Peart that has nothing to do with anything.

Liberal Rush fans just say that this song has no deeper meaning, but they know it does. Neil did write it based on cartoon and he thought "What if trees acted like people? ", implying that this is the way he thinks people act. People who don't realize that government-mandated equality kills.

A libertarian anthem. It's not about the separatists.

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15Cygnus X-1 Book II - Hemispheres

Rush had finally perfected their 20 minute song writing by the time they wrote hemispheres. You take songs like fountain of lamneth and 2112. They are incredible songs, but they don't have the same fluidity of cygnus x1 book ii hemispheres. the riffs fade in and out instead melding the way they do in hemispheres. fountain and 2112 are both great, but they are a different kind of great. hemispheres was done so well because rush already had experience with 20 minute songs after recording 2 already and by 1978, there musical abilities were off the charts. aside from the last minute, the song flows cycling through all the different licks and riffs over a course of 18 minutes and finishes off with a little acoustic jam. the fluidity and complexity of the song is what makes it the best.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is not only Rush's crowning achievement, but the best song to come out in the latter days of progressive rock. Hemisphere's complexity and lyrical mastery was a final hoorah for the whole prog genre before it finally faded into obscurity. This song should be at the top because for me it is the only Rush album that truly encompasses the bands true musical talent into four songs. There is not another epic, perhaps besides Supper's Ready by Genesis, that even touches the artistic merit of Cygnus X-1.

Seeing Tom Sawyer as far and away number one is frustrating because that's not even nearly their best song. Hemispheres has so many parts of musical GENIUS. The intro sets the tone, the next to sections are brilliant with the timely pauses (hopefully you know what I'm talking about) the next builds up, then there's the spacey effect that gives me chills every time, the following is such a powerful solo then the ending is a nice closing to the masterpiece

Number 15? Jesus christ this is hands down their best song.

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16Natural Science

Real Rush not cotton candy Rush

Tom Sawyer at number ones also makes me want to puke.

For me, the pinnacle of Rush. Moving Pictures is awesome but this is where it's at. I really think this is Progressive rock at it's finest.

Great song permanent waves isn't my favorite Rush album but for me this is the highlight

No Way #Place! This Song must be on Top 10!

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17Bastille Day

This song is simply amazing, I love the drums. I only discovered Rush when rockband 1 came out and can't believe how many awesome songs they have. Rock on!

This song is by far my favorite. The guitar work, the drum runs, the unique chord progressions, the power of the music. There are better radio songs I'm sure, but this song is Rush to me.

Let 'em eat cake... Brilliant lyrics, brilliant licks, genius drumming... The last seconds on this song are incredible. Short, sweet, and incredible.

It's an amazing song.

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18Anthem

30th? Is this a joke. This song is awesome. It's heavy and progressive. The guitar solo is pure beauty, it changes from sketchy shredding to a beautifully epic passage. The song by itself is wonderful. - fidelcanojr

Definitely in my personal top 10. I see many other songs here between 30-40 that should be at least within the top 20, such as The Necromancer. Why not cut some slack and rate songs like this one (Anthem) up?

I cannot believe anthem isn't on the list! It's easily one of my top 10 favorite rush songs! If you haven't heard this song, you're not a true rush fan!

For me, it's a tie between 2112 and anthem

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19The Garden

Just an amazing modern arrangement of Rush's skills, made all the more significant (I imagine) that it was fave of a young person close to the band who recently passed away.

Flew from Australia to see The Garden played live at Dallas and Houston and it was worth every minute of the 25 hour trip there & the 34 hour trip back home again. This song is a stand out in my mind of those performances.

This song is pumping music. For sure just intense hard rock. Geddy really has some vocal talent, his style really suits hard rock. Even though this piece is 1974, Alex's guitar solo is one of his best. This song was also a fairly common song that hardcore fans like. Go rush! Such a skillful masterpiece. Nicer with Neil peart as a drummer though. Do not care for John rutsey. So yeah. Go rush!

Very rarely will you see a song from a band like Rush that is considered a masterpiece that is from their latest album. Just goes to show that Rush is always pushing the creative boundaries of music and aren't slowing down any time soon.

A great ending to an amazing story

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20Far Cry

Truly amazing one. Can't believe its down so low at 19. Jeez, who made tom sawyer rank one! This is such a splendid song, it deserves a lot more than rank 19.

This song is melodic, chaotic, psychotic, etc. etc. That heavy metal riff throughout the song knocks me dead every time I hear it. Whoever put Tom Sawyer in the top three and not this was obviously not a true Rush fan and hadn't ever listened to this masterpiece.

My top 5 Rush songs goes as follows:
#5: Red Barchetta (tells an interesting story)
#4: Prime Mover (another unheard-of masterpiece someone obviously never listened to)
#3: Spirit of Radio (just like this list)
#2: 2112 (tells of a post-apocalyptic satanist Communist future where music has been banned. A guy finds a guitar, becomes a musician and is rejected by the tyrannic dictatorship that is governing the dysfunctional planet. The guy retreats, goes into depression and commits suicide. Pretty moving stuff. What could possibly top this masterpiece? )
#1: THIS. This song is melodic, chaotic, psychotic, etc. etc. That heavy metal riff throughout the song knocks me dead every time I hear it. Whoever put ...more

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