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The history of the rock band Rush spans over forty years. The group progressed from a fluctuating early lineup between the summer of 1968 and May 1971, to Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey at the release of their first album in March 1974, to the replacement of Rutsey with Neil Peart in July of that same year. This resulted in the final definitive form of the band. This incarnation has lasted for more than thirty-five years to the present.
Over time, Rush has changed their style of music dramatically; evolving from a sound derivative of Led Zeppelin on their eponymous debut album to styles encompassing hard rock, progressive rock, and a period dominated by synthesizers; their music today can best be described as modern rock. The band continues to produce music and tour extensively.
Some of the great hits by Rush include:
Tom Sawyer New World Man Subdivisions Limelight Closer to the Heart The Big Money The Analog Kid Show Don’t Tell Time Stand Still Freewill
Their music style lends Album-Oriented or Mainstream Rock Stations to play their music, versus airplay on most Top-40 stations. This leads to one startling fact about the group. In the Top-40 sense of Musical History, they are a One-Hit Wonder band.
Their only Billboard Top-40 hit in the United States has been “New World Man” which hit #21 on the charts in 1982.
Henke, chief curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with the help
of music writers and critics, selected 500 songs (not only rock songs)
that they believe have been most influential in shaping rock and roll.
The list is alphabetical by artist.