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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
Closer to the Heart
The Big Money
The Analog Kid
Show Don’t Tell
Time Stand Still

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.

That’s it!


500 Songs That Shaped Rock

James 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.

Read more: 500 Songs That Shaped Rock —

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  • AC/DC, “Back in Black”


  • AC/DC, “Highway to Hell”
  • Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys, “Wabash Cannonball”
  • Aerosmith, “Dream On”

  • Aerosmith, “Toys in the Attic”
  • Afrika Bambaataa, “Planet Rock”
  • The Allman Brothers Band, “Ramblin' Man”
  • The Allman Brothers Band, “Whipping Post”                                       
    The Animals, “The House of the Rising Sun”
  • The Animals, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”
  • Louis Armstrong, “West End Blues”
  • Arrested Development, “Tennessee”


  • The B-52's, “Rock Lobster”
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  • LaVern Baker, “Jim Dandy”
  • Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, “Work With Me Annie”
  • The Band, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”
  • The Band, “The Weight”
  • Beach Boys, “California Girls”
  • Beach Boys, “Don't Worry Baby”
  • Beach Boys, “God Only Knows”
  • Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations”
  • Beach Boys, “Surfin' U.S.A.”
  • The Beastie Boys, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)”
  • The Beatles, “A Day in the Life”
  • The Beatles, “Help!”


  • The Beatles, “Hey Jude”
  • The Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
  • The Beatles, “Norwegian Wood”
  • The Beatles, “Strawberry Fields Forever”
  • The Beatles, “Yesterday”
  • The Beau Brummels, “Laugh Laugh”
  • Beck, “Loser”Jeff Beck Group, “Plynth (Water Down the Drain)”                                         
  • The Bee Gees, “Stayin' Alive”
  • Archie Bell and the Drells, “Tighten Up”
  • Chuck Berry, “Johnny B. Goode”
  • Chuck Berry, “Maybelline”

  • Chuck Berry, “Rock and Roll Music”
  • The Big Bopper, “Chantilly Lace”
  • Big Brother and the Holding Company, “Piece of My Heart”
  • Big Star, “September Gurls”
  • Black Sabbath, “Iron Man”
  • Black Sabbath, “Paranoid”
  • Bobby Blue Bland, “Turn On Your Love Light”
  • Blondie, “Heart of Glass”

  • Kurtis Blow, “The Breaks”
  • Gary U.S. Bonds, “Quarter to Three”
  • Booker T. & the M.G.'s, “Green Onions”
  • Boston, “More Than a Feeling”
  • David Bowie, “Fame”

  • David Bowie, “Space Oddity”
  • David Bowie, “Ziggy Stardust”
  • The Box Tops, “The Letter”
  • Charles Brown, “Driftin' Blues”
  • James Brown, “I Got You (I Feel Good)”
  • James Brown, “Please, Please, Please”
  • James Brown, “Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud”
  • Ruth Brown, “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean”
  • Jackson Browne, “Late for the Sky”
  • Buffalo Springfield, “For What It's Worth”
  • Solomon Burke, “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”
  • Johnny Burnette Trio, “Train Kept a-Rollin'”
  • The Byrds, “Eight Miles High”
  • The Byrds, “Hickory Wind”
  • The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man
  • Johnny Cash, “Folsom Prison Blues”                                            
    • Johnny Cash, “I Walk the Line”
    • The Champs, “Tequila”
    • Gene Chandler, “Duke of Earl”
    • The Chantays, “Pipeline”
    • Ray Charles, “Hallelujah I Love Her So”
    • Ray Charles, “I Got a Woman”
    • Ray Charles, “What'd I Say”
    • Chubby Checker, “The Twist”
    • Chic, “Le Freak”
    • Charlie Christian with The Benny Goodman Orchestra, “Solo Flight”
    • Eric Clapton, “After Midnight”
    • Dave Clark Five, “Glad All Over”
    • The Clash, “London Calling”
    • Jimmy Cliff, “Many Rivers to Cross”
    • Jimmy Cliff, “The Harder They Come”
    • Patsy Cline, “I Fall to Pieces”
    • The Clovers, “Love Potion No. 9”
    • The Coasters, “Yakety Yak”                                                                       
      The Coasters, “Young Blood”
    • Eddie Cochran, “C'mon Everybody”
    • Eddie Cochran, “Summertime Blues”
    • Joe Cocker, “With a Little Help From My Friends”
    • The Contours, “Do You Love Me”
    • Sam Cooke, “A Change Is Gonna Come”
    • Sam Cooke, “Bring It on Home to Me”
    • Sam Cooke, “You Send Me”
    • Alice Cooper, “I'm Eighteen”

    • Elvis Costello, “Pump It Up”

    • The Count Five, “Psychotic Reaction”
    • Country Joe and the Fish, “The Fish Cheer and I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag”
    • Don Covay, “Mercy Mercy”
    • Cream, “Crossroads”
    • Cream, “Sunshine of Your Love”
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Fortunate Son”
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Green River”
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Proud Mary”
    • Crosby, Stills and Nash, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”
    • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Ohio”
    • The Crows, “Gee”
    • The Crystals, “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)”
    • The Crystals, “He's a Rebel”
    • Culture Club, “Time (Clock of the Heart)”


    • Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, “Let's Go Trippin'”
    • The Damned, “New Rose”
    • Danny & the Juniors, “At the Hop”
    • Bobby Darin, “Splish Splash”
    • Spencer Davis Group, “Gimme Some Lovin'”
    • De La Soul, “Me Myself and I”
    • Deep Purple, “Smoke on the Water”
    • The Dell-Vikings, “Come Go With Me”
    • The Dells, “Oh, What a Night”
    • The Delmore Brothers, “Hillbilly Boogie”
    • Derek and the Dominos, “Layla”
    • Devo, “Whip It”                                                                                       
      Bo Diddley, “Bo Diddley”
    • Dion and the Belmonts, “A Teenager in Love”
    • Dire Straits, “Sultans of Swing”
    • The Dixie Cups, “Chapel of Love”
    • The Dixie Hummingbirds, “I'll Live Again”
    • Bill Doggett, “Honky Tonk”
    • Fats Domino, “Ain't That a Shame”
    • Fats Domino, “Blueberry Hill”
    • The Dominoes, “Sixty Minute Man”
    • Lonnie Donegan, “Rock Island Line”
    • Donovan, “Sunshine Superman”
    • The Doors, “Light My Fire”
    • The Doors, “The End”

    • Dr. Dre, “Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang”
    • Dr. John, “Right Place Wrong Time”
    • The Drifters, “Money Honey”
    • The Drifters, “There Goes My Baby”
    • The Drifters, “Up on the Roof”
    • Duran Duran, “Hungry Like the Wolf”
    • Bob Dylan, “Blowin' in the Wind”
    • Bob Dylan, “Like a Rolling Stone”
    • Bob Dylan, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
    • Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up in Blue”
    • Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are a-Changin'”