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The Poll Of Polls: Rush In 20 Songs

uDiscover presents a specially-compiled “poll of polls” Rush playlist.

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Alexandar Zivojinovich, rather better known as Canadian guitarist and Rush co-founder Alex Lifeson, was born on 27 August 1953. Here we present a specially-compiled survey 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.

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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. The band’s songwriting collaboration with Pye Dubois from fellow Canadian band Max Webster is 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. The top five in our customised countdown is completed by ‘Limelight,’ also from Moving Pictures, and ‘La Villa Strangiato,’ the closing track from 1978’s Hemispheres.

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.

Follow the official Rush Best Of playlist.

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Jules

    August 11, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Entre Nous and Time Stand Still in the Top 20? No Cygnus X-1 Book I? Eh?

  2. Donald Keim

    August 27, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    No camara eye either

  3. Adam

    August 28, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Nothing from Power Windows?

    • Andy

      August 28, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      1.Subdivisions 2. Cygnus x-1 book 2, 3. Red Barchetta

  4. Tim Sullivan

    July 31, 2017 at 2:48 am

    ‘Mission’ would be very high on my Top 20 list. Also agree with Adam that something from Power Windows should be on the list. My choice would be ‘Manhattan Project’

  5. Dave

    July 31, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    The pass.

  6. Mike

    July 31, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Considering that the Canadian Power Trio (The Holy Triumvirate…and the Best Band on the Face of the Earth) has rarely sought to be chart toppers, this is a decent list. It is, by no means, a list of fan favorites which would reach into the bowels of their discography.

  7. Markus

    August 1, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Marathon is a song I’m missing.

  8. John frangione

    August 2, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Replace Time Stands Still with Camera Eye

  9. Ron

    August 2, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    First of all, this isn’t a bad list.

    However, what about something from Clockwork Angels? The Garden, Caravan, Headlong Flight or the title track could all easily be on the list. Hell, there isn’t even anything from the last 20 years.

  10. Steve G

    August 2, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    This is such a fruitless endeavor, all Rush songs over 40 years are great, I could never pick a favorite or top 20, it would easier to make a list of the stinkers, that would be a short and easy list. Maybe Tai-Shan from Hold Your Fire and Here Again from the first album? That’s all I got.

  11. RIchard B

    August 3, 2017 at 12:36 am

    20 is not enough. Maybe 30.

  12. Leland Carr

    August 3, 2017 at 1:46 am

    All Rush is awesome Rush!!!!!!

  13. Devin Chanowsky

    August 3, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Losing it.

  14. jerome girard

    August 3, 2017 at 3:17 am

    It’s way to hard to pick my top 20, The above list it’s a good start, need to add : Driven, The Pass, Losing it, Between the Sun & Moon, Distant Early Warning, Grand Designs, Lessons, Tears, BU2B… see I could go on until I go through there whole catalog.

  15. Eric Grains

    August 3, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Middletown dreams

  16. Darren

    August 3, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    My Rush playlist is 50 songs. I also have one that includes 165.

  17. Rob

    August 3, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I like this list because its their best songs before they changed their style, with the exception of Red Sector A and Time stand still. I would lose these 2 and put in Something for Nothing and Cygnus X-1 Book I.

  18. Janelle

    August 4, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I couldn’t even begin to list only 20 songs…miss the boys touring!

  19. Anthony R

    August 4, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    There are too many good songs to fairly compile a top 20. Rush just rocks! Miss them already!!!

  20. canali

    September 13, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    my fav song is still the title track from A Farewell to Kings.

  21. Drew

    September 14, 2017 at 1:18 am

    BEST instrumental EVER WRITTEN……………..”La-Villa-Strangiato”!!! The very FIRST TIME I heard this tune,back in the early 80’s,I was immediately HOOKED by the wondrous and EXTREME feeling of excitement that was felt by me,each and every time I heard this song!!! Even to this day,it always gets my heart racing!!! 🙂

  22. Brian Gaddy

    February 7, 2018 at 12:12 am

    This is not for REAL FANS !!! This is for the general public, and for those who listen to the radio OR have just bought their biggest sellers. Sad. Superficial poll.

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