Well, here it is. I'm going to rank all 156 original/studio recorded Rush songs, starting from my least favorite. I'll add a brief description for each song. Hopefully we can all discuss these songs and have fun. Feel free to bash me for my placements, as there will be some controversial placements
My first two picks, though, are pretty conservative.
156. “You Can’t Fight It”
GameFAQs rating: N/A
My rating: 2.5/10
I guess it’s fitting to start from the very beginning. This song feels trapped in the early 60s, heavy guitar aside. There is not an ounce of impressive musicianship in this song, though the harmonies are almost Beatles-esque. The guitar riff is simple and effective, but there is nothing notable in the rhythm section aside from a few machine-gun Rutsey fills.
The lyrics are simple and rooted in basic “rock ‘n roll” (i.e. “rock ‘n roll till you lose control!”). Lifeson’s solo feels like a straight rip-off of Jimmy Page. The production is horrible, especially in the chorus; the harmonies feel like they’re being sung into a 2-dollar microphone. I wonder if Geddy used the same mic as that show in 1968, lamp stand and all?
I feel like this is a conservative choice, and rightfully so. Next song, not so much...
GameFAQs rating: 4.07/10
My rating: 3/10
A lot of people are going to either love me or hate me for this placement. My problem with Rivendell is that it tries to be soft and sweet, but it just falls flat and strikes me as boring. There is very little color in this song; it’s just acoustic guitar and electric guitar effects. Not only that, but it drags on for five minutes. Rush made far more concise “slow” songs in later years, and - better yet - integrated "cute" acoustic sections into more complex, progressive arrangements. Rivendell was a nice learning experience, but not much else.
The lyrics are cute and hobbity, but at the same time cheesy and not really fitting for this medium (I.E. “a place you can escape the world / where the Dark Lord cannot go”). I’m not a big fan of fantasy lyrics in a progrock setting, unless they have a deeper meaning (I.E. “2112”, “Hemispheres”, "Clockwork Angels" thus far). These lyrical deficiencies can be attributed to both Peart’s newness to writing and the band’s Zeppelin obsession. Zeppelin didn’t do it any better.
Maybe Peart just liked hobbits.
Fly By Night in general suffers because of Peart’s lyrics; songs are dragged needlessly long (“Rivendell”, “In the End”), and choruses are overly cluttered because of his inexperience with the craft (“Beneath, Between & Behind”). Sadly, Snakes and Arrows occasionally suffers from the same issues, but by then the band was excellent at maintaining the listener’s interest through repeated sections.
On the bright side, I feel that this song leads nicely into In the End. Plus, a band can’t be bad if a cute little acoustic ditty like this is ranked below ONE-HUNDRED FIFTIETH, eh? How many bands can even boast 80+ songs, let alone 150+?
Edited by Deckiller, 27 August 2010 - 10:16 PM.