Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Rush Songs

See what song managed to top '2112,' 'The Spirit of Radio' and 'Subdivisions'

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8. "The Trees"

Early in his life, Rush drummer Neil Peart became interested in the writings of Ayn Rand, and some of her philosophy spilled into his lyrics on 2112 and Hemispheres. One of the most clearly Rand-influenced songs is "The Trees," which is about the troubles that arise when oaks and maples demand equality. In the end, they get their wish when they're all knocked down.

In a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Peart explained that Rand's work no longer speaks to him. "I was a kid," he says. "Libertarianism as I understood it was very good and pure and we're all going to be successful and generous to the less fortunate and it was, to me, not dark or cynical. But then I soon saw, of course, the way that it gets twisted by the flaws of humanity. And that's when I evolve now into...a bleeding heart Libertarian."

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