Best Rush Songs

Self-explained. just vote for your favorite Rush song.

The Top Ten

2112 Overture / The Temples of Syrinx 2112 Overture / The Temples of Syrinx Cover Art

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.

Literally the song that brought Rush to the masses (even if it wasn't on the radio in it's 20 minute entirety that often). Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are all in top form throughout the 20 minute long epic, which at the end of it all is about and contemplates the concept of a world without musical individuality in the 22nd century, a prospect which resonates with all Rush fans as a horrific envisioning of our world. It all makes for a fantastic song, and the best Rush has ever produced.

Tom Sawyer Tom Sawyer Cover Art

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...

RIP to the Professor! We can here is drum fills now through all eternity.

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.

The Spirit of Radio The Spirit of Radio Cover Art

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

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!

This song is my all time favorite Rush song because it always makes me feel like I'm in a good mood and I always have to put it on in the morning because the "magic music makes my morning mood. " I just love this song. Period.

Limelight Limelight Cover Art

This is the best rush song, it has everything you would ever want. A great opening riff, meaningful lyrics, and a nasty solo.

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.

La Villa Strangiato La Villa Strangiato Cover Art

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

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.

Xanadu Xanadu Cover Art

Xanadu takes me back to 1978 when I discovered my favourite ever band, so I may be biased but no other song even from Rush has had the same impact. It's the first song I ever heard in 7/8 time and I just love that time signature. The structure of the song, the words (thank you Coleridge), the suspense, the dynamics are all just a masterpiece. its one of those songs like Stairway to Heaven that you can only listen to once or twice a year. Thank you Neil, Alex & Geddy for all your music.

My personal favorite Rush song, tells a great story and really captures the great musicial genius of all three

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.

YYZ YYZ Cover Art

YYZ is unique and that's what makes it special. Only a band like Rush could pull something like this off.

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.

Just finished learning how to play this! Greatest song of all time!

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.

Subdivisions Subdivisions Cover Art

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!

The Bass Line and synth show one of Geddy's best work. There is some kind of magic when the synth starts...

Freewill Freewill Cover Art

This song really highlights the entire band's talent. It is my favorite song on Rush's "Permanent Waves" Album and to be honest it should be between Tom Sawyer and The Spirit Of Radio (which by the way are two awesome songs as well)

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 is my all time favorite song by rush, and in my opinon, it should be near Tom Sawyer

Closer to the Heart Closer to the Heart Cover Art

Such an amazing song. In my opinion, this is one of their best songs, I'd easily put this in my Top 5 favorite songs for these guys. Such an amazing band. In my opinion, Rush is one of the Staples for Rock N' Roll music!

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

The Contenders

Working Man Working Man Cover Art

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.

The Robert Plant-style lyrics with Mitch Mitchell-style drumming and a Tony Iommi-style guitar riff make an amazing combination. Even though Neil Peart is not on here, the drummer on this is AMAZING.

Fly by Night Fly by Night Cover Art

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

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!

Can't believe this isn't top 3 just listen to the bass tell me its not the most beautiful thing you ever heard

Red Barchetta Red Barchetta Cover Art

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?

This is a great song so seeing your review do absolutely nothing meaningful to actually describe why it in particular is better than other rush songs pisses me off - dubsinthetubs

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.

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.

Cygnus X-1 Book II - Hemispheres Cygnus X-1 Book II - Hemispheres Cover Art

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

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.

The Trees The Trees Cover Art

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.

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.

Natural Science Natural Science Cover Art

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

The best song in the long rush catalogue

A Passage to Bangkok A Passage to Bangkok Cover Art

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!

A passage to bangkok is great because it has a great beat an AMAZING guitar solo, amazing rickenbacker bass and neil has some sweet drumming

Bastille Day Bastille Day Cover Art

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.

I discover all amazing songs of Rush after I listen to this song

The Garden The Garden Cover Art

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.

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.

A Farewell to Kings A Farewell to Kings Cover Art

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

This should be higher on the list. This song is SO good

Far Cry Far Cry Cover Art

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

Anthem Anthem Cover Art

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.

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!

Not my favourite but voted for it as it should never be as low as 27th!

Distant Early Warning Distant Early Warning Cover Art

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

Grace Under Pressure

Should be higher.

It's good bra

Red Sector A Red Sector A Cover Art

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.

The subject matter is so unique and powerful, this song stands above any other, by Rush or any other band for that matter. Tr

There are a lot of Number Ones. La villa strangiato, The Trees, Tom Sawyer... But this: Play it on ten!

I wonder if anyone knows that this song is about the Holocaust? Both of Geddy Lee's parents were Holocaust survivors.

The Analog Kid The Analog Kid Cover Art

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.

100% agreed with the previous comment, this song was the highlight of what might be one of Rush's poorest albums.

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.

As good as "Subdivisions "

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