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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Rush Songs

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

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Rush are two months away from launching a 40th anniversary tour, and this might be your last chance to ever see them live. Neil Peart doesn't want to be away from his daughter for long periods of times and the strain of playing for three hours a night is taking a toll on his body, so the band says that this might be the final big run. We'll see whether or not that's true, but right now, fans are looking forward to career-retrospective sets that will hopefully showcase rarely-played tunes. As anticipation builds, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite Rush songs. Here are the results. 

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“Tom Sawyer”

Neil Peart wrote most of Rush's lyrics by himself, but their most famous song was actually co-written with Canadian poet Pye Dubois. The latter came up with a poem about a modern-day rebellious spirit very much reminiscent of Tom Sawyer, and Peart fleshed it out into a complete song. It was the second single off Moving Pictures and never rose higher than Number 44 on the Hot 100, but it has since been played countless times on classic rock radio and remains the band's signature tune. 

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