Best Rush Albums
The Top Ten
Best Rush album. Has great variance in style and YYZ in my favorite piece of all time
Rush has too many great albums, each individually amazing in their own way. This was a very hard decision for me.
Moving Pictures Should Be higher like #3 under Permeate Waves - RushFan123
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!
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.
When Rush made this album it was going to make or break them. Well it made them. Since they thought it might be their last album they put it all on the line by making the most unique and amazing album. This album is pure gold, everything on it is just fantastic, I have the deluxe version and it is amazing to listen to 2112 as one song. the rest are great too.
Circumstances resonated with me in my early twenties. What an acute observation of the world for a young man. Cygnus X - 1 Book took is overindulgent, yet, so beautiful and optimistic, I've spent hours listening to this song. Wow. Gonna have to punch that one up here soon.
Hemispheres is an even greater album, conceptually, than 2112. I can't recommend it enough. Aside from Leave That Thing Alone (Counterparts) and Malignant Narcissism (Snakes & Arrows), one of Rush's greatest instrumental songs is La Villa Strangiato, the 9-minute closing track. - Prog_Fanatic2112
Rush is my all time favorite band, I'm a huge fan and know every song... And this is by far the best.
2) Permanent Waves
4) A Farewell To Kings
5) Caress Of Steel
6) Fly By Night
7) Moving Pictures
11) Clockwork Angels
12) Grace Under Pressure
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.
This album has to be one of the best progrock albums ever. No one can argue Rush's progressive bona fides. Both interpersonal...Entre Nous...and ...Natural Fortunately puts life in perspective. It is Lifeson's best guitar work and the last before he relinquished that roll as Rush became more bass driven and Alex began to utilize his skills for filler. That, post Hard Rock Rush, enabled Rush to sound like a band bigger than three.
Like some others said, probably the most homogeneous and representative/defining album of the group. I usually vote on that and to me it's the only one in their discography that I always listen from beginning to end, never skipping any of the tunes, and having the same pleasure on each of them. Fantastic album... period.
Deciding the best Rush album is a near impossible task. On one hand, you have a perfect meld of Rush's 70's and 80's era in Moving Pictures. On the other, you have their absolute classic album and the recording that cemented them as a prog rock powerhouse, 2112, with that legendary masterpiece of a title track. On the other hand, you could say the vast amounts of experimentation on Hemispheres resulting in quite possibly the greatest rock instrumental ever, La Villa Strangiato, takes the cake for pinnacle Rush album. Well, in my opinion, (or at least at the moment) Permanent Waves is the defining Rush album. It shows so many elements of some of their greatest albums as well as introducing its own. The opener, The Spirit of Radio, and the second track, Freewill, show the album's more radio-friendly and direct nature, while still showing the well thought out and overall kickass nature of Rush songs before it. The next song, Jacob's Ladder, almost sounds like a mesh between sounds from A ...more
"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.
My #1 Rush album and #1 album ever because of: Headlong Flight (to me, their masterpiece), Wish Them Well, Caravan, and The Anarchist, mainly.
These are my top 4 songs ever and are truly the anthems of my life.
Clockwork Angels, Carnies, The Garden, The Wreckers, Brought Up 2 Believe have greatness musically and lyrically/vocally that contribute to my unwavering love for the album which will eternally hold the #1 spot.
The only songs that aren't for me are: Halo Effect, Seven Cities of Gold, and BU2B2.
I've read that Neil wanted this album to be his greatest achievement... He definitely achieved it with Alex and Geddy.
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!
It took a few listens to appreciate, but I now consider this to be the best album from Rush in many years. So sad that they retired but what a way to go. Highlights include BU2B, Clockwork Angels, The Anarchist, Headlong Flight, and of course their swan song The Garden.
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!
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!
After I had enough of my mum banging on about Rush, I bought this. One of the best decisions I have ever made! From the brilliant nylon string intro to farewell to kings, to the beautiful chaos of Cygnus X-1, I enjoyed every song. I can't believe I put off so long to listen to Rush. A classic!
I love this album for selections other than Subdivisions or New World Man. Digital Man, in my opinion, is hugely underrated. This song in particular showcases the Reggae influence the genre had on Rush...and you can hardly tell at first. Absolutely a departure for them and opened the door to the 'Sheldon's' to the world to Rush.
Not the best album they released, but still good. And in terms of Lyrics, Losing It has possibly the best song lyrics of all time. If you haven't listened to it yet, you need to. that simple.
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.
Subdivisions and Countdown are the best songs on the this album.
Great, great rock and roll. Perhaps even and above than the Rush album, it exemplifies the fact that you can't classify Rush. Are they hard rock? Are they prog? And then there was Bytor and the Snow Dog. Talk about both lyrical and musical innovation. It's interesting to ponder...What would Rush have been if they continued with a hard rock path. Would they eventually have gone metal?
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.
For me, Grace Under Pressure has the best collection of songs, whilst there are better songs on different albums, as a collective, this is the best selection that Rush have ever produced. The first 4 songs alone (Distant Early Warning, Afterimage, Red Sector A, The Enemy Within) are enough to put this album at the top of my personal list. Followed by Hold Your Fire and Clockwork Angels personally.
This dark rush album is great. The opener, Distant Early Warning would give Subdivisions a run for its money. Afterimage almost makes anyone cry, and same goes with Red Sector A. This is the one Rush album u could dance too. Enemy Within is a reggae influenced song dealing with phobias and the enemy u deal with everyday, yourself. The Body Electric is this albums Red Barchetta, and is a great B-Side Opener. Kid Gloves is an amazing underrated song, and Red Lenses is an outlier song that will grow to be a favorite. The closer, Between The Wheels is one of th best tracks rush has ever produced. This album should be up there with Moving Pictures, 2112, and Hemispheres
More so than the original Rush album, Fly By Night exemplifies Rush as a top flight Rock Band. In addition, in marks the trend toward highly introspective...and lengthy Rush efforts...Bytor and the Snowdog. Best I Can is underrated and a great, basic, rock song
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
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
As much as I love Rush, I hate this album. It's a great album like all Rush albums, but it was a huge miss nonetheless.
How could this album have ever come close to ending them for good? It's such a good album! - Songsta41
An underrated live album - DKartWoomy
This album is powerful. The metaculture observation of Territories is something every human being should hear...Big Money is an ominous foretelling of our current political situation. If I were to introduce someone...ignorant of Rush...I'd likely start with this album.
THE GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME. The production could be the best ever on any album. It's very 80's sounding, yet it what makes the album so good and gives it such a powerful sound. Plus, every instrument is clear and the dynamics are insane. I always test new audio hardware with this album. When it comes to the content itself, the lyrics are very thoughtful and the music is unbelievable; it is the perfect blend between rock, pop, New Wave, and prog. Geddy Lee has never sounded better, Neil Peart kills it like always, and Alex Lifeson's guitar solo on "Emotion Detector" is his absolute best. Easily the trio's finest hour.
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.
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.
When I heard what you're doing I thought it was led Zeppelin. I love this album, but my favorite album (by Rush and of all time) is signals.
Easily the best of the hard rock era of Rush. Fly By Night is bogged down by Rivendell and Making Memories, Caress of Steel has The Fountain of Lameness- sorry, Lamneth, and 2112 is their second best out of the first four by just a tiny little margin (That little margin is Tears). This album rocks hard from start to finish. No weak songs on the album at all in my opinion. But that's all this is, isn't it? An opinion - Aweso
I've thought Counterparts has been underrated for years now. It shows a maturity in Pearts writing...Cold Fire is really appealing to all of us who've been challenged in adult relationships. Between Sun and Moon is great fun and Cut To the Chase is an awesome motivational song. As far as best Rush songs go, I would argue it may very well be Double Agent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a long time Rush fan and appreciate all of their work. RTB is without a doubt my favorite Rush album and one of my most played albums from any artist. I think the album has huge pop sensibility, and well, I'm a sucker for studio polish. This is an amazingly engineered album filled with soaring, airy guitar solos and plenty of 'verb. Totally my cup o' tea. Counterparts was a solid follow-on and definitely a close relative with only "Leave that Thing Alone" the instrumental from Counterparts besting "Where's my Thing" the instrumental from RTB. But there is only one Roll the Bones. No other Rush album has this exact feel. Many of their albums can boast a unique feel, this one is m personal favorite.
I encountered some fantastic gems when listening to this album the first time. Besides the amazing title track, you should check out Bravado, Neurotica and You Bet Your Life. Three surprisingly good songs in my opinion that deserve more attention.
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).
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.
I love this album too!
Of course as a hard core Rush fan, Exit Stage Left is the best live rock album...in the galaxy. Tom Sawyer...blows the mind. Freewill, Red Barchetta...Xanadu...OMG! The seminal selection, however, may be Passage to Bangkok. In time, Neil Peart revealed the fact that much of his writing was prophetic.
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!
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.
To echo the others, this is a very underrated album in my opinion. Though I can't definitively say I think it's the 'best' Rush album, different moods fit different albums, it's usually my go-to when I want a Rush fix. Though darker and more subdued,tonally and lyrically, than much of their earlier work it's still very much Rush in my mind. I must admit that this album was my first introduction to Rush so there may be some nostalgia at work in my fondness for it.
Rush's most underrated album. The Pass, Presto, Available Light, amazing songs!
One of the best live albums ever. Rush showcases their talent and their hardest sound with a perfect blend of melody. There's nothing else like it
Certainly Rush's "Alive." If the drums were louder and the guitar quieter, this would be one of the best live albums ever. - dlbk03
Totally raw and energy filled. Geddy's voice in his prime!
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.
This album isn't liked because of the production. But if you get the remastered version, it's great!
Weakest album in my opinion but half the album is great
ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING? WHY IS THIS SOOO DAMN LOWWW? THIS ALBUM IS AMAZING! 1! 1! one!
Better than the original version. The original sounds like crap - DKartWoomy
Incredibly underrated. I am done with everyone bashing on this album because of "Dog Years" and "Virtuality" and saying that every other song on the albums sucks just because of those songs (SOMEHOW) - DKartWoomy
I love this album! But, yes, it has it's songs that are forgettable. The best song on the track in my opinion is Carve Away The Stone.
Dog years is one of the worst Rush songs but the rest of the album is gold. Deserves more attention and love
Really underrated. Better than anything they did between Signals and this. - IronSabbathPriest
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...
A Show of Hands getting no love here! This is a hugely underrated live set. Rush fans, you need to revisit this album. I have this live set in regular rotation and across the board, all of the songs in this live set are better than the studio versions! Don't believe me? Have a listen: Mission (better solo), Witch Hunt (amazing guitar tone/crunch before there was Grunge Rock, a clear influence of that sound), Big Money (great here, but the Rush in Rio version is better), BY FAR the best version of Manhattan Project. Force Ten, Marathon, Subdivisions also stand outs.
Name a better first two songs on any Rush album than Force Ten and Time Stand Still. Alright, you could argue Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures, but those are both ranked top 5 and this is 26th? The person who got me into Rush has his favorite song on this album as well, Prime Mover, this is way too low of a ranking for Hold Your Fire. Now go listen to Time Stand Still and improve your day.
What about Fly By Night, 2112, A Farewell To Kings, Hemispheres, Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, Presto, Roll The Bones, Counterparts, Test For Echo, Vapor Trails, Snakes & Arrows and Clockwork Angels? - DKartWoomy
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!
I have to point out that this is a cover album, great covers though. - yutex