Best Rush Songs

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21 The 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

Deserves to be in the top 5. A masterpiece.

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22 Cygnus 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.

I actually prefer this to the 2nd book of cygnus it works better as a concept it rocks shines and whistles. Its beauty personified it's my favorite long suite by Rush love the beginning too. The 2nd book is boring in parts and doesn't sound as good instrumentally and lyrically

49th place? Should be at Number 2 only behind Xanadu. Absolute genius.

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23 Jacob's Ladder

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

Deserves to be higher, a real masterpiece, it reminds me of earlier Rush's songs.

How is this song so far down? People need to listen to this from Exit Stage Left.

Perfect hard-program song! Amazing in concert.

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24 A Farewell 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

25 A 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!

My dad is a huge fan of Rush, but I was never into their music much until recently and this song is a major reason why. I think Geddy is at his best here, and the guitar solo is awesome. The big moments in the middle of each verse are just epic

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26 Red 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.

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!

Should be in the top 10

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27 Something 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

It' was the perfect way to end the 2112 album. This track is very powerful and angry. The whole album is! This song and 2112 are my favorite songs on the album and it deserves to be in the top 20

28 By-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!

Coolest Drum Break half way through.

It's unbelievable that this song isn't in the top ten

Kicks ass.

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29 The 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.

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.

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30 Distant 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

Grace Under Pressure

It's good bra

Classic

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31 Territories

It sounds so good such epic music

32 Circumstances

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.

Pure rock n roll, in my top 5 rush for sure!

33 Caravan

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.

34 The Necromancer

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!

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

It's dark and has a deep light that burn your mind. It deserves a higher place in the ranking.

This song is a way better than Tom Sawyer.

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35 Vital Signs

Obviously, I'm in the minority here but this is the best Rush song for me. Advice: listen to it with the speakers separated and listen to it LOUD...pay attention to the lyrics. You'll be happy that you're an individual.

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.

Great lyrics, great phrasing, great timing...This song has it all. The best Rush song from a great album.

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36 Time 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.

This song is so underrated it deserves to be at least around the top 10 in my opinion.

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37 Marathon

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.

This is arguably the most emotional song Rush has ever produced. The lyrics, instrumentals and especially the vocals are very moving.

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38 Entre Nous

Great tune with incredibly powerful lyrics. The challenges of interpersonal relationships revealed in a song with fewer than 250 words. 'Entre Nous' is just more proof that the power of words and notes have been mastered by this incredible band!

Why is this song so low on the list? I'm not saying that it's the best but it shouldn't be behind Lock and Key...

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

39 Witch 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.

Such a underrated song, and a rare gem, it's so cool with its rememberbal guitar riff and geddy lee's unforgettable vocals

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40 Dreamline

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!

Rush "purists" resist the idea, but certainly one of the 2-3 best Rush songs.

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