Gary Lee Weinrib, known to one and all as Rush lead vocalist, bassist and keyboard player, Geddy Lee, was born on 29 July 1953. The date is also a significant one for the man they affectionately call the “new guy” in the mighty Canadian outfit, Neil Peart, who joined them on 29 July 1974. Here we present a specially-compiled playlist of the band’s greatest moments on record, in our Rush In 20 Songs playlist.
This is no ordinary top 20, either. uDiscover has conducted a statistical “poll of polls,” from no fewer than six charts of the best Rush songs that have appeared online in recent years. These are either fan surveys or the choices of the individual publications and sites, as they appeared in Rolling Stone, Ultimate Classic Rock, thetoptens.com, Classic Rock, popmatters and CBC in Canada.
Using a points basis for every song that appeared in each individual top ten (with ten points for a No. 1, on a sliding scale down to one for a No. 10), we’ve arrived at a composite chart that we think offers a fair and comprehensive consensus of the greatest work by the Canadian rock giants.
The playlist begins at the top and goes down to No. 20, so we can reveal here and now that the song that comfortably comes out on top in our special Rush survey is…’Tom Sawyer,’ that timeless landmark from their 1981 epic Moving Pictures. It’s also a track that Lee himself considers to be among Rush’s greatest. The band’s 1980 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame entry ‘The Spirit of Radio’ comes in at No. 2, just ahead of the epic, 20-minute title piece from the 1976 album 2112.
What’s your own personal Rush No. 1? Does our poll of polls include your favourite? Let us know, enjoy the playlist, and compare it with their most-played tracks on Spotify below.
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