LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 14: (L-R) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, drummer Neil Peart and singer/bassist Geddy Lee perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena during a stop of the band's Time Machine Tour August 14, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Few bands have enjoyed legendary decades-spanning career like Rush. Fewer still have been able to take their final bow on their own terms. Once Rush reached arena-headlining status, they never had to “downsize,” or even go on package tours. They rarely played multi-act festivals and towards the end of their career, even stopped using opening acts on their tours, so that they could play longer shows. They also were always able to play a lot of new music at their shows, and fans responded. They’ve had classic songs on every album, starting with their self-titled debut in 1974, up through their final album, 2012’s Clockwork Angels. Of course, that made it difficult to narrow down this list to just 50 songs — and of course so many of you will disagree with the songs we included, the songs we didn’t include, and the order. That’s part of the fun of lists, though.

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