Best Rush Songs

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The Top Ten

1
2112
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.
[Newest]A great song that tells a great story of the future year of 2112
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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.
[Newest]This song is really complex with the time signatures. Neil Peart thought this was the album or song that dated the birth of rush.

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

[Newest]Aw man this is literally the greatest song ever!

Totally deserves #1!

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...
Thing song practically summarizes my whole existence! Truly one of their best songs!
[Newest]Are you kidding me, you want a comment? , just listen to it!

5La Villa Strangiato
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.
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.
The greatest display of musical talent and creativity any band has ever shown. The amount of dedication that went into writing and recording it is incredible. To top if all off, it was based on a dream Alex Lifeson had.
[Newest]To be honest, I was kind of surprised to see that this is in the top ten, even though it's my favorite rush song. I thought all the songs in the top ten would be the super well-known songs like the spirit of radio, practically the whole moving pictures album, etc. It's a very unique song. Neil Peart's toughest song on percussion.
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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

[Newest]The greatest Rush song ever!

Should be #1!

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!
[Newest]This song made me a better person. I hope people will stop "SUBDIVIDING" me in life sometimes.


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.
[Newest]This song is epic

9Working Man
Blows away half the "radio-friendly" songs everyone is voting for, just an incredible guitar display by a young Alex Lifeson
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.
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.
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Heard this in my dorm room in Cleveland in 1974 on WMMS for the first time and still thinks it the best RUSH song since it captures the essence of RUSH and their roots.

10Closer to the Heart
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.
Listen to this song on the different stages album... Then you will absolutely change your opinion on this being number 10
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
[Newest]I can't believe this song isn't higher on the list

The Contenders

11The 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 of fear of rousing separatist feelings.
Toronto Maple Leafs do not represent Quebec as Toronto is in Ontario and would be more English.
Amazing song. A little different from the rest of their songs which is what I like about it. It's a little mellowed. But still awesome lyrics, great solo, and beautiful guitar. My favorite Rush song.
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.

12Red 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?
Before the motor law...... sunlight on chrome, the view of the landscape, every nerve aware.

What a Rush!
Hot metal and oil. The scented country air. Sunlight on chrome. The BLUR of the landscape. Every nerve aware.
Everyone picks Tom Sawyer from Moving Pictures, but this is the song that got me listening to Rush. First loves last forever.
[Newest]This is number 2

13Freewill
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!
this song shows geddy lees bass skills along with alex lifesons guitar skills

14Fly 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.
Would be in my top 5. It's really an awesome one, I wonder why it's so low, maybe because it's not so, you know, "progressive" but I love the times when rush were rocknrollin', it's also the debut of Neil Peart who is the best drummer in the world
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Seriously... definitely top 5

esaoud


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.
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
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.
[Newest]The first 4 and half minutes that just comprise the instrumental intro are absolutely epic! Mind-boggling riffs! And then I always find myself singing along to the Armageddon (The Battle of Heart and Mind) section because it's so damn catchy. The lyrics are awe-inspiring as well; it's all about that balance. And then you get that acoustic outro.

16Natural Science
Real Rush not cotton candy Rush

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

Of their more progressive pieces this is definitely the most technicaly proficient. Abandoned the sixties jam band feel for a much more modern format that was way before it's time.
Duude rush before moving pictures blows my mind! Not saying that any rush is bad but man they were brutes back then
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No Way #Place! This Song must be on Top 10!

17The 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!
This is one of the most well crafted songs I've heard in a long time. The way it ends the Clockwork Angles record is astounding. Very underrated.
[Newest]I went to a concert of these guys and they stated this was a personal favorite of theirs. It I now mine too!

18Far Cry
I love this song. This song tells us that instead of doing what we should do, we are in a world where nothing is fair. The bass and guitar in this song fit perfectly together and as always Neil Peart is amazing. I heard this song recently and it instantly became my favourite Rush song. If there is anything close to greatness it is Rush and this song!

DarkLord

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.

19Bastille 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.

20The Pass
I am happy that Tom Sawyer was written, and quickly became a "rock anthem" to bring people to RUSH who otherwise never would have found the band on their own. With that said - I don't think Tom Sawyer or Limelight would crack my top 50. The Pass was my favorite RUSH tune for about a year and is still in my top 20.
The depth of the band is mind-boggling. Another everlasting composition for the heart and soul. Putting "popularity" aside, The Pass is one of the band's top 5 "songs"
It really makes me sad that this song is low on the chart as it is. This is by far their best song and the meaning behind it is so deep. The band even said it's one of they're "better crafted" songs and one of they're favorites
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One of the hidden gems of the Presto album. Brilliant song!

21Jacob's Ladder
Deserves to be higher, a real masterpiece, it reminds me of earlier Rush's songs.
a clinic on how to create a mind-blowing TRUE prog rock song

diegokatabian

It was a toss up between this, Xanadu, and Working Man. Actually, so many are close.

22The Camera Eye
This song is a real sleeper. It came out in 1981 and there it sat all this time, until finally its masterpiece was discovered. A signature Rush long playing song, with lyrics and meaning, without overblown solos. A true composition.
This song has so many cool time changes, and Neil's drumming is crazy in the London section of the song. Its sublime. It's a mellow song but at the same time a good rocker!
This song is epic! How can it be ignored!

Norwood

[Newest]The best song on Moving Pictures and that says A LOT!

23Headlong Flight
This song proves Rush still has it! While it sounds more like pure hard rock than prog, it is as awesome as all their other masterpieces, if not even more. Long live the Trinity of Rock!

cyrillelanctu00f4t

This song will become the modern staple at Rush concerts. The song is simply furious and never misses a beat!
Headlong flight is 7:20 long ha ha ha but great hard rock there, cool lyrics, and boss drumming. How I love rush. I bought this song on itunes last week, and yes Americans Canada has apple stores... I would recommend it for any new rush fan.

24Cygnus X-1 Book I - The Voyage
May not be the best Rush song, but definitely deserves to be at least top 20. The Cygnus duology is the most progressive journey by Rush in my opinion, and on a lot of occasions I find the voyage to be much nicer to listen to, rather than Hemispheres. Both are great songs, The Voyage definitely deserves to be here.
49th place? Should be at Number 2 only behind Xanadu. Absolute genius.
This is an underappreciated intercessor between 2112 and Hemispheres... I think it is epic heavy program rock with a great sci fi
Theme

25Witch Hunt
Witch hunt is not a song everyone thinks of when they think of Rush but there is something about it that is chilling and inspiratonal at the same time. The guitar is bad ass and add to that such a unique composition of drums. And lets not forget Geddy's voice and the meaning of the lyrics as he lifts the song to it's climax.
I discovered this song relatively late after listening to many other rush songs, yet when I heard it, it immediately blew me away. Eight simple chords have never sounded so good. I think this one deserves to be in the top ten for sure.
Lyrical genius

26Red Sector A
This is one of Neil's more serious and powerful lyrics. It deals with the thoughts and emotions felt by the victims of human history's greatest single tragedy.
There are a lot of Number Ones. La villa strangiato, The Trees, Tom Sawyer... But this: Play it on ten!
The subject matter is so unique and powerful, this song stands above any other, by Rush or any other band for that matter. Tr

27Anthem
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!

28Something for Nothing
I feel if more people listened to this song they'd take back their vote
I have heard almost every song on this list and this is my favorite. Geddy lee singing at his best. Powerful lyrics. Fast bass and guitar. Typical awesome rush musicians at work right here

29Farewell to Kings
A farewell to kings should be respected, many people love this song I mean great amazing acoustic intro, its gotta be respected, great guitar, bass its wonderful
Why talk about the music, cause they're great. It is early rush. Its the lyrics that do it. Most complete song I think they've done.
I have no idea why this isn't known as one of their greatest songs

30Time Stands Still
This is my #1 favourite Rush song, and favourite song period. The melody is sweet and the whole instrumental part is brilliantly crafted. I was 16 when I first heard it, and while I appreciated Peart's poetry, I couldn't really relate to it. Now over 40, I truly understand what he was saying and I couldn't agree more. The lines "Summers going fast, nights growing colder, children growing up and friends growing older" give me goosebumps every time I listen. Definitely an underrated gem.
Probably the most beautiful song I've ever heard. The lyrics really hit home to just about everybody. Lee goes just high enough to be virtuosic, but not high enough to be squeaky like on fly by night. The perfect rush song in every way.
A great melody and heart-felt lyrics bring a tear to my eye. One of my favourite vocal performances ever by Geddy. Straight up guitar supports the vibe of the song and the drums add such a wonderful touch. A real gem.
[Newest]Pure melody, relatable lyrics, timeless composition -- reach a certain age and you'll really get it. Amazing song.

31Dreamline
I must be odd, but this should be here somewhere... Or am I the only one who digs this song?

VAFury

In my opinion its one of their relatively newer songs (1991 I think? ) that sounds like something from a decade earlier. Strong lyrics and great instrumentals as always..
This is a great song guys! Awesome lyrics and a good progression! Please vote... This should be at least in the top 15!
[Newest]Rush "purists" resist the idea, but certainly one of the 2-3 best Rush songs.

32A Passage to Bangkok
A passage to Bangkok is a rocking masterpiece of sweet ricky, neil's pro drumming and gotta love alex's solo it if fantastic! Please vote for this, or if you doubt my comment buy it on itunes and see for yourself!
Just amazing you know these guys just rock it here, its in my top 20 rush songs, Neil Peart is epic just epic, Alex has a guitar solo, that every time I hear it I find myself playing air guitar. I love Geddy's Rickenbacker here great.
Great riff and another typically great performance by al players. I have always found lyrics that use innuendo rather than simply putting it right out there to be the most interesting, and this one has it in spades!

33Distant Early Warning
I was shocked to see this was #50, it's the first rush song I heard and I knew this band was awesome when I heard this song, this deserves a place much higher then 50 it's the reason why I like rush

34Marathon
This really should be higher on the list. Every time I listen to it the part towards the end brings a tear to my eye. Great song
The live version in Show of Hands always brings a chill to my spine
One of the best songs on Power Windows and always gives me chills when heard live. Under appreciated song from an under appreciated album.

35Circumstances
Fantastic short little rocker. Could be many other bands best song, but it made the list so I'm happy.
Awesome Lifeson riff! One of his best. And pretty much Geddy's most impossibly high vocal of all!
This song changed my life.

36Vital Signs
The final track on perhaps the best rock and roll album of all time... Easy to be overlooked among such other classics, but the most overworked track on my ipod!
This is my favorite track on album filled with goodies. Surprised to see it down this low, a MUST CHECK OUT if you have not heard this one.
Not my all time favorite track, but I felt it should be much higher

37Caravan
This song includes a priceless riff and combines hard rock with prog. I would recommend it. One of rush's better new songs. If you listen you will also note that geddy has some great bass.

38The Analog Kid
My favorite song by RUSH. I've heard every piece of music ever recorded by them. I have so many favorites. Being a drummer it's hard to choose. But this song moves me like no other. It's quick, catchy and incredibly difficult to play. At least for me. And I can play quite a bit of RUSH. All the songs listed are my favorites. Let's get real, their worst is better than most bands best.
A very energising song with it's fast-tempo boisterousness and poetically thought of lyrics. Definitely one of Rush's underrated gems, such a shame to see it so low.
100% agreed with the previous comment, this song was the highlight of what might be one of Rush's poorest albums.

39The Main Monkey Business
Watch this song live at the S&A tour to see why
Easily the best S&A song, top 10 all time for sure

40The Necromancer
Absolutely amazing, this song is amazing. I heard this song after I listened to moving pictures this song in my mind is the best rush song. Not saying that Tom Sawyer is bad by any means but cannot compare to this or many other rush songs. How this song is not in the top 5 or even 20 blows my mind. It has three amazing parts the second one were Geddy Alex and Neil all play there instruments perfectly. The third part will not stop repeting in my head. This song is great and will never be topped. The first time I heard it I had to replay it 3 times just to wrap my head around its excellence. If you have never heard this song listen to it now! If you have and don't think it is top 10 material relisten to it
Definitely the best song by the group. It takes much more to make a song good than a catchy tune repeated for 4-5 minutes. Lyrics don't make a song. This song is purely written for the sake of being musically enhanced. The guitar solo and the bass line run amazing together. Sure, it's not something you can sing along to, but that's only because the instrumentals are absolutely incredible! Plus, if you are into lyrics, the song is centered around a story that is based off of science fiction stories and even the band's own lives (three travelers in willowdale). Give it a chance and listen for more than the first 4-5 minutes. Being patient when listening to music is important!
One of the best and most overlooked. Period.
Enter the champion. Best musical piece by these guys. Other than the intro of in the end

41Roll The Bones
Lot of people I know who like Rush don't ever mention this song... It's a great tune, and the rapping I actually think really adds to the catchiness of the song. And even now, every time I listen to it, the chorus IS IN MY HEAD all day long! It's one of the catchiest songs they've ever written. Period. And funny enough this song was played at my high school prom night... And man oh nan this song was wonderful to dance to!
This Song Is Amazing love it the singing drums guitar and bass are amazing great tune if you not heard this song I suggest that you do it's amazing

mneilan

Great Song Should Be A lot Higher Like Should Be Number 9 Or 10 Vote For This Song It Should Be Higher To Low Down The List Great Drums, Guitar, Bass and Singing

42Territories

43Between the Wheels
This song is incredible! Their best 80's song, the feel is so dark and mysterious and not like any other Rush song. By far one of Alex's best solos, personally my favorite of his.

44By-Tor and the Snow Dog
Nothing can compare with the genius of By-Tor and the Snow Dog. NO Rush set would be complete without it. I would expect a full refund if I attended a Rush concert and didn't get to hear it at least once!
The midsection of this song made me fall in love with Rush. This is truely an amazing song.

45The Big Money
This song is fantastic! It is easily among my favorite Rush songs ever along with Subdivisions and Witch Hunt. The Big Money is an amazing Rush song and in a way its under appreciated a bit and deserves a lot more attention. The Big Money is such an exciting song filled with energy right from the explosion of sound at the beginning of the song with the guitar and synthesizer. Words can't describe how awesome Neil's drums are in this song, they are so complex and unique sounding in this song and just power this song the whole way through. Alex's guitar work is fantastic in this song right from the opening chords which get the adrenaline pumping raight away, the guitar solo in the middle is absolutely amazing along with the slow and dreamlike atmospheric sound that's layered with it just paints a picture in my head. Alex's guitar work at the end of the song is a really cool way to end the song and it almost sounds like money printing and circulating around the world, and once again, paints images in my head. Geddy's bass work is so funky sounding and amazing, its got to be some of his best bass work and his synthesizers sound brilliant in this master piece of a song. Geddy's singing is fantastic as well in this song along with some of Neil's best lyrics ever written in any song, a song that paints a picture with its constantly changing lyrics on money's different emotions and feelings it creates. The line at the end is so amazing where it goes "Big Moneys got not soul! " It's so cool sounding and so true since so many treat their money like its human and the most important thing ever. Do your self a favor Rush fans and anyone else who wants to get into Rush, go out and get Power Windows and listen to this brilliant masterpiece of a song! I guarantee you'll love it and it should be WAY higher than 35! This song is 100 times better than Tom Sawyer, trust me! Fellow description of song given to you by Eric M, Rush fan for life! :D
This song should be at last at the 20 first. Give it a chance, the power of windows album is epic, the sounds of this music are very unique, like the rest of it's album.
At first, I thought this was the dumbest song ever. Then I heard it live. This song needs to be in the top 10 at least!

46Digital Man

47BU2B

48New World Man
I agree with the top 10 songs in this list. But New World Man should really be on a much higher spot.
It contains great bass and guitar parts.
Such a great song.

49Earthshine
Absolutely great tune - Rush's version of a love song. Loss and longing, anguish and eventual recovery... the lingering presence of a lost love bestowing third hand grace on the survivor.

Could anyone other than Neil correlate the phenomenon of earthshine and the emotions of grief and recovery?

This is truly one of their masterpieces.
This is one of my absolute favorite songs, let alone rush songs. This deserves to be WAY higher than number 60! This is their comeback!

50The Fountain of Lamneth
I can not believe how unknown this song is. How can it not be on the list. This is just as good as 2112. Just Listen to it if you don't know it

aspasiz

Tom Sawyer #1? Really? It's a good song but not anywhere as good as the fountain. The Fountain of Lamneth isn't Rush's best work for sure, but I'd think a song like this would be at least in the top 20... Lyrical genius and pretty cool musical parts.
So, so underrated. Have to limit myself to 1 listen a month or I'd just get addicted... It happened once...

51Alien Shore

52Nobody's Hero
That is my personal favorite, fantastic song. But seriously, all the songs that are on the top ten right now, are not even in my top 20 rush songs, the real fans are probably not voting because I can't imagine a real Rush fan voting for Tom Sawyer as their best song.
What a good song!

53Entre Nous
Simply one of the best. I'm surprised this is only 42. What a shame

54The Temples of Syrinx
The guy below me is an idiot. Rush had tons of great songs. Rush insignificant? Hardly, they've been putting out absolutely brilliant material for nearly 40 years. I'll be seeing them live in a week, and it's going to be awesome.
To the guy with -25 votes:

Wow.

And to everybody:
Wouldn't you include this in 2112? I mean, it technically is its own song (gold: rush version), but it is much better when combined with the rest of 2112, in my opinion.
I would put this at number 1 with 2112.

chasekratzer


55The Wreckers
Best song since Moving Pictures!
Great song. Lyrics are surprising.

56Workin' Them Angels
Listen to the structure of the song... Really well produced with subtle rhythm changes in between. By far the best Rush song post y2k
Modern classic - exactly the sort of song that keeps Rush relevant.

Heyesmar


57Lessons
I think lessons should be in the top25 songs because it has this really cheery acoustic riff to it. It has a cool bass line. How good an it get? A good song, one of my favorite songs to listen to in car rides.
This particular song has gone completely un noticed on a very deep album in 2112. This song rocks and although a little radio friendly, a much better than most songs here in the 50 and under crowd.

58Bravado
While I think Tom sawyer is a great song and obviously a favorite of the main stream, a true rush fan knows one must dig deep when considering a "best" song. Bravado is definitely a top 5 maybe 3 in my eyes!
For me is the best, because of bass melody.
Great intro, great lyrics, fantastic melody,
The build up near the end is rush at their best
This song has the lot...
I've been a fan for 30years plus and bravardo is
Geddys favourite too.. Enough said

59Losing It

60Afterimage

61The Weapon

62Tears
SUCH and underrated song. It is absolutely beautiful, and one of my favorite rush songs.
May be not many people know about the song, that's why it's so down below.
Please listen vote and bring it in top 10.
It'a alittle bit surprise this song came from rush

63Presto

64Twilight Zone
Just an amazing song. It has you captivated from the opening guitar riff. The lyrics tell you a story, and after a while, you start to feel like you're experiencing it first hand. Amazing melody, and a wonderful story.
Well this song has quite a beautiful sort of open emotional guitar solo. If you listen close you can hear a "creepy" voice whispering the chorus. Should be in top25

65Armor and Sword
Why is this ranked so low?! This is a GREAT Rush song! Oh well, no new music from old artists are appreciated these days...
A vastly under-rated tune that really deserves to be in the top ten. In fact, the same could be said for the whole A&S album.
This definitely should not be so low. One of my favourite Rush guitar riffs in it

66Manhattan Project

67Mystic Rhythms
One of my favorite Rush songs, actually! I think it sounds amazing both on the CD AND Live! Very underrated song!

68Leave That Thing Alone
A true instrumental masterpiece. The bass, drums, keyboard in the background, and awesome guitar make this the best Rush song ever.
Arguably THE BEST instrumental track composed by rush, especially with the absurd Bass line throughout the song

69O Baterista
not a song, but the mere prove of neil peart greatness

70Resist
Maybe my favourite slow-paced Rush song, I like it more than Strings which used to be my favorite. Not their best, but in my opinion a bit underrated. It's simple, not overcomplicated yet manages to strike right into the very inner core of the heart of the listener.
This song can nearly always bring me to tears. Its beautiful yet simple representing the essence of Rush
Really like the studio version - but LOVE the acoustic version on the R30 / Rush in Rio performances. Brilliant but simple lyrics, that move me tears.

71Freeze, Part 4 of Fear

72Grand Designs
This song is awesome! The synthesizer is great and alexs crunching guitar riffs along with those harmonics make this song very fun to listen too.. SHould be way higher than 66..!

73Animate
The stripped down hard driving drumming introduction, followed by straight ahead bass and guitar and then the soaring bridge work is amazing. Geddy's voice is great in this and Neil's lyrics are among his best, calling for men to embrace their feminine side and find themselves complete.

Even my wife (who loves country music, yes COUNTRY music! ) likes "Animate". Of course, I'm mostly lucky because she lifts her eyebrows and nods her head when Geddy sings "Man must learn to gently dominate"!

74Beneath, Between & Behind
Rocking and very energetic song. Wonderful guitar and bass riffs. Powerful drumming and singing. Listen to the lyrics closely and they describe current day U.S.A.

75Countdown

76Middletown Dreams
The synth-era Rush is typically highly underlooked and vastly overrated. But the synthesizer breakdown at 2:00 is amazing. The sheer desperation behind the notes rings so clear. The way the guitar and bass play into that part as well is just so well done. One of my favorite Rush songs.
Builds from an average start to something truly lifting

77Emotion Detector
Best melodic song ever created!

78Best I Can
This song should be way higher on the list. I can't believe it is so low. This is probably one of the best songs on the fly by night album in my opinion.
This songs kicks ass!
This song is truley awesome. Its rocks out throughout the whole song and it just kicks royal ass!

79Cinderella Man
Give this one a listen, trust me, you'll love it.

theforgiventeen


80In the Mood
This song just is so intense and attractive. If you know a song where there is a part you never want to end the whole song is that moment. Intense rock. Cowbell rock. Addictive vocals that really suit this tone of rock, ya man!
This particular song really stands out for me as one of the songs that helped shape the rush we know today. Of course we recognize 2112 and moving pictures as the best albums with the best songs but I think many earlier songs helped to make those albums, and in the mood is one of those songs.
In the mood has an amazing guitar riff and is a iconic example of rush in their early days. I would put it in the top 50 at least because it is a song where their musical talent peeks out here and there...

81Different Strings

82Here Again
In my honest opinion this is the single most underrated song of all time by any band! Listen to this song once and try not to have to listen to it again, it is nearly impossible! Not only is this one of Ale's first big songs it is the edgy Zeplin like wailing that gets me every time! I was suprised how much I liked the Lyrics and how much it applies because it is pre peart.

83Between Sun & Moon
This is a very underrated Rush Song

84Virtuality
This is AWESOME heavy metal music that has a great riff in it. NEEDS TO BE a lot HIGHER!
Just awesome. Not to many people know aboht it unfortuanately

85The Anarchist

86Prime Mover

87Malignant Narcissism

88Madrigal

89Seven Cities of Gold
Great Rocking Rush song, with great meaning... Nothing unusual from Rush. Can't believe it is so low! Take a listen!
This song has An AWESOME BASS RIFF! It is so solid and full sounding! Please vote for this

90Rivendell
Not an overly popular Rush song, but it has a couple truly amazing factors.
1. A soft, acoustic song. It's a nice change because Rush has few of these.
2. The fantasy element seen in La Villa Strangiato and By-Tor and the Snow Dog originated here.
3. It's one of the most beautiful pieces written by Neil Peart. Seriously, the imagery and image he paints with the writing is phenomenal.
Pure Art. Pure Emotion. Pure Soul.

91Halo Effect

92The Body Electric
This is an interesting song. Can't say it is my favourite Rush song, but Neil's drumming at the start of this song draws me in every time. Very mechanical and well suited to the subject matter.
The Body Electric is similar to Afterimage... I saw the music video when I was a kid and it spoke to me. It has been one of my favorites ever since.

geddyfan2112112


93Ghost of a Chance
The highlight off Roll the Bones; it is a hidden classic that perhaps in the 80s would have broken into the mainstream; maybe it was a good thing it was released during the grunge era as overplay may have diminished this treasure.
This is by far one of their best songs. Lyrically hits the heart of human emotion wrapped in a beautifully crafted melody.

94Ghost Rider
Wow... This is such a beautiful, emotional, yet very touching song; This is one of Neil Peart's best pieces of music he's ever written!
Way too low. Listen to it again.

95The Larger Bowl

96Chemistry
This song's constant transitions are mindblowing. The whole signals album is a masterpiece and will be celebrated forever by me and hopefully others.

Flowerwave

This song should at least be higher up in the list. :/

97Clockwork Angels

98Lakeside Park

99Hand Over Fist
Verye addictive and catchy

100Ceiling Unlimited
Great Lyrics - Great Music - Great band!

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