Friday, January 24, 2020

Most-Recorded Songs, 1890-1954: Top 100

First posted 1/24/2020.

This list comes from Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 (published by Record Research: Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; 1986), pages 632-33. As it says in the book, “During the pre-rock era, one of the most important indicators of a song’s enduring musical greatness was the number of artists to record it. This list represents the most comprehensive survey ever made of the pre-1955 songs which have been recorded by the most artists (multiple versions by an artist do not count). It encompasses: Edison and Columbia cylinders; all 78s in the extensive collections of the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, and the Syracuse, Stanford and Yale Uniiversity Libraries; and all new Recordaid listings from the 1950s to the present. Songs written before 1955 but most popular later, such as ‘Misty’ and ‘Autumn Leaves,’ are not included. The year published and the songwriters are shown after the title.”

1. “Silent Night” (1818) by Joseph Muhr and Franz Gruber
2. “St. Louis Blues” (1914) by W.C. Handy
3. “Stardust” (1929) by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish
4. “Body and Soul” (1930) by Johnny Green, Ed Heyman, Robert Sauer, and Frank Eyton
5. “Summertime” (1935) by George Gershwin and Dubose Heyward
6. “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (1851) by Stephen Foster
7. “Tea for Two” (1925) by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
8. “White Christmas” (1942) by Irving Berlin
9. “All the Things You Are” (1939) by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
10. “Night and Day” (1932) by Cole Porter

11. “Begin the Beguine” (1935) by Cole Porter
12. “Danny Boy” (1913) by Fred Weatherly (adapted from “Londonberry Air”)
13. “Sweet Georgia Brown” (1925) by Maceo Pinkard, Keneth Casey, and Ben Bernie
14. “The Man I Love” (1924) by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
15. “Over the Rainbow” (1939) by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
16. “Caravan” (1937) by Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol, and Irving Mills
17. “After You’ve Gone” (1918) by Turner Layton and Harry Creamer
18. “Yesterdays” (1933) by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach
19. “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (1929) by Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, and Andy Razaf
20. “Lover, Come Back to Me” (1928) by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II

21. “What Is This Thing Called Love?” (1930) by Cole Porter
22. “I Can’t Get Started” (1936) by Vernon Duke and Ira Gershwin
23. “Jingle Bells” (1857) by J.S. Pierpont
24. “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” (1928) by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
25. “My Old Kentucky Home” (1853) by Stephen Foster
26. “When the Saints Go Marching In” (1896) by James Black and Katharine Purvis
27. “Tenderly” (1947) by Walter Gross and Jack Lawrence
28. “Blue Skies” (1927) by Irving Berlin
29. “September Song” (1938) by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson
30. “My Blue Heaven” (1927) by Walter Donaldson and George Whiting

31. “Always” (1925) by Irving Berlin
32. “Tiger Rag” (1917) by Harry DeCosta and Original Dixieland Jazz Band
33. “The Rosary” (1898) by Ethelbert Nevins and Robert Cameron Rogers
34. “Home, Sweet Home” (1823) by Henry Bishop and John Howard Payne
35. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1933) by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach
36. “These Foolish Things Remind Me of You” (1936) by Jack Strachey, Harry Link, and Holt Marvell
37. “Ol’ Man River” (1928) by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
38. “Limehouse Blues” (1924) by Philip Braham and Douglas Furber
39. “Sheik of Araby” (1923) by Ted Snyder, Harry B. Smith, and Francis Wheeler
40. “Embraceable You” (1930) by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin

41. “My Funny Valentine” (1937) by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
42. “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (1933) by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
43. “Twelfth Street Rag” (1914) by Euday L. Bowman
44. “Blue Moon” (1935) by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
45. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (1863) by Julia Ward Howe and William Steffe
46. “My Melancholy Baby” (1913) by Ernie Burnett and George Norton
47. “I Got Rhythm” (1930) by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
48. “Honeysuckle Rose” (1929) by Fats Waller and Anzy Razaf
49. “Love’s Old Sweet Song” (1884) by G. Clifton Bingham and James Mulloy
50. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (1896) by John Philip Sousa

51. “Where or When” (1937) by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
52. “Laura” (1945) by David Raskin and Johnny Mercer
53. “Mood Indigo” (1931) by Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard, and Irving Mills
54. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” (1946) by Mel Torme and Robert Wells
55. “Love for Sale” (1930) by Cole Porter
56. “Georgia on My Mind” (1930) by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
57. “San Antonio Rose” (1938) by Bob Wills
58. “How High the Moon” (1940) by Morgan Lewis and Nancy Hamilton
59. “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1926) by George Gershwin and Ira Gerswhin
60. “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1934) by Harry Warren and Al Dublin

61. “Sweet Sue, Just You” (1928) by Victor Young and Will Harris
62. “The Darktown Strutters’ Ball” (1917) by Shelton Brooks
63. “On the Sunny Side of the Street” (1930) by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
64. “Silver Threads Among the Gold” (1877) by Hart P. Danks and Eben Rexford
65. “I’m in the Mood for Love” (1935) by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
66. “Deep Purple” (1933) by Peter DeRose and Mitchell Parish
67. “Sometimes I’m Happy” (1925) by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
68. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (1934) by Cole Porter
69. “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814) by Francis Scott Key
70. “Easy to Love” (1936) by Cole Porter

71. “Avalon” (1921) by B.G. DeSylva, Vincent Rose, and Al Jolson
72. “Willow Weep for Me” (1932) by Ann Ronell
73. “Dinah” (1925) by Harry Akst, Sam Lewis, and Joe Young
74. “Moonglow” (1934) by Will Hudson, Eddie DeLange, and Irving Mills
75. “Auld Lang Syne” (1711) adapted by Robert Burns
76. “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” (1879) by James A. Bland
77. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1911) by Irving Berlin
78. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1934) by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
79. “Basin Street Blues” (1929) by Spencer Williams
80. “Sweet Lorraine” (1935) by Clifford Burwell and Mitchell Parish

81. “I’ll Remember April” (1942) by Don Raye, Gene DePaul, and Patricia Johnston
82. “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949) by Johnny Marks
83. “Solitude” (1934) by Duke Ellington
84. “Some of These Days” (1910) by Shelton Brooks
85. “Stella by Starlight” (1947) by Victor Young and Ned Washington
86. “Maple Leaf Rag” (1899) by Scott Joplin
87. “Lover” (1933) by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
88. “The Way You Look Tonight” (1936) by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields
89. “Pennies from Heaven” (1936) by Arthur Johnston and John Burke
90. “Dancing in the Dark” (1931) by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz

91. “Indiana” (1917) by James Hanley and Ballad MacDonald
92. “April in Paris” (1932) by Vernon Duke
93. “As Time Goes By” (1931) by Herman Hupfield
94. “Royal Garden Blues” (1923) by Spencer Williams and Clarence Williams
95. “The Very Thought of You” (1934) by Ray Noble
96. “Lover Man” (1942) by Jimmy Davis, Roger Ramirez, and Jimmy Sherman
97. “Round Midnight” (1947) by Thelonious Monk and Cootie Williams
98. “Perdido” (1942) by Juan Tizol, Ervin Drake, and Hans Lengsfelder
99. “All of Me” (1931) by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks
100. “What’s New?” (1939) by Johnny Burke and Robert Haggart


Marion Harris charted with “Tea for Two” (1/24/1925)

Updated 1/25/2020.

Tea for Two

Marion Harris

Writer(s):Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar (see lyrics here)


First Charted: January 24, 1925


Peak: 13 US, 3 GA (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US (sheet music sales)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, -- video, -- streaming

Awards:

Review:

This “charming boy/girl duet” LW was introduced by Louise Groody and John Barker in the Broadway musical comedy No, No, Nanette. JA The score was generally regarded as the best of composer Vincent Youman’s short career. He died from tuberculosis at 48. LW Meanwhile, lyricist Irving Caesar “demonstrates all the hallmarks of Tin Pan Alley craftsmanship, artfully simple and pleasingly full of rhymes and alliterations.” LW He was “the archetypical Tin Pan Alley cigar chomping, wisecracking showman” LW- with more than a 1000 songs to his name upon his death at age 101 in 1996.

The lyrics, which were dashed off in 5 minutes, were intended to be temporary, but were never changed. TY Marion Harris had the first charted version, taking it to #1 in 1925. That same year, the Benson Orchestra of Chicago landed at #5 with their instrumental version while Ben Bernie also had a top ten hit with the song. PM Other charted versions came from the Ipana Troubadours (#15, 1930) and Teddy Wilson (#18, 1937). PM Warren Covington had a million-selling cha-cha version with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (“Tea for Two Cha Cha,” #7, 1958). TY

The song “is one of the most recorded standards of Tin Pan Alley,” JA having been covered by musicians as diverse as Russian classical composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who adapted the tune as “Tahiti Trot” in 1928, LW and jazz pianist Art Tatum (#18, 1939) whose instrumental version is “a masterclass in piano virtuosity.” LW Jazz musicians have particularly responded to the song because “the complex harmonic construction of the melody gives great scope for improvisation.” LW

Tatum had played the song for years, even predating his initial 1933 recording of it at his debut solo recording session. Fellow musician Fats Waller once stopped in the middle of playing at New York Club when Art Tatum entered and announced, “I play piano, but God is in the house tonight!” SS


Resources and Related Links:

  • Marion Harris’ DMDB Encyclopedia entry
  • Fats Waller’s DMDB Encyclopedia entry
  • Irving Caesar’s DMDB Encyclopedia entry
  • JA David A. Jasen (2002). A Century of American Popular Music: 2000 Best-Loved and Rememberd Songs (1899-1999). Routledge: Taylor & Francis, Inc. Page 189.
  • LW Alan Lewens (2001). Popular Song – Soundtrack of the Century. Billboard Books: New York, NY. Page 50.
  • PM Record Research’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 (1986). By Joel Whitburn. Menomonee Falls, WI; Record Research, Inc. Page 590.
  • SS Steve Sullivan (2013). Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volume I). Scarecrow Press: Lanham, Maryland. Page 598.
  • TY Don Tyler (1985). Hit Parade 1920-1955. New York, NY: Quill. Page 132.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Dave's Music Database: Song Inductees (January 2020)

Originally posted 1/22/2020.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the DMDB blog on January 22, 2019, Dave’s Music Database launched its own Hall of Fame. This is the fifth set of song inductees. These are the ten most-recorded songs from 1890-1954, according to Pop Memories. See full list here. While the list is not focused on a specific act for each song, the inductees are the highest-rated versions of the song in Dave’s Music Database. Not listed here is previous inductee “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby. Note: click on song title for the full blog entry and key for the footnote codes.

Fred Astaire “Night and Day” (1932)

Inducted January 2020 as “Top 10 Most-Recorded Songs from 1890-1954.”

When it comes to standards, this song, which has been called “one of the greatest love ballads ever written,” NPR stands second only to “Star Dust.” MM Cole Porter, whose name is “almost a generic term for witty show songs,” LW wrote it for the Broadway musical Gay Divorce. After Fred Astaire performed it for the show and film, his recording became the first and most successful of seven charting versions between 1932 and 1946. PM

Bing Crosby “Silent Night” (1935)

Inducted January 2020 as “Top 10 Most-Recorded Songs from 1890-1954.”

Father Joseph Mohr wrote a poem called “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” and his friend Franz Gruber worked it up for guitar SF for performance at the 1818 Christmas Eve service. Since then, it has been translated into more than 44 languages, WK and became the most recorded song of the first half of the 20th century. PM The best known version is the 1935 recording by Bing Crosby with sales estimated as high as 30 million. PM

Tommy Dorsey “All the Things You Are” (1939)

Inducted January 2020 as “Top 10 Most-Recorded Songs from 1890-1954.”

The Broadway musical comedy Very Warm for May was the last hurrah for famed composer Jerome Kern. Sadly, it was a commercial failure, closing after only 59 performances. SB However, “All the Things You Are” from the show became a #1 hit for Tommy Dorsey and was followed by two more charted version in 1940. In a 1964 Saturday Review poll, more composers named the song as their favorite than any other. TY

Marion Harris “Tea for Two” (1925)

Inducted January 2020 as “Top 10 Most-Recorded Songs from 1890-1954.”

This was introduced by Louise Groody and John Barker in the Broadway musical comedy No, No, Nanette. JA Marion Harris had the first charted version, taking it to #1 in 1925. It “is one of the most recorded standards of Tin Pan Alley,” JA having been covered by musicians as diverse as Russian classical composer Dmitri Shostakovich and jazz pianist Art Tatum (#18, 1939).

Coleman Hawkins “Body and Soul” (1940)

Inducted January 2020 as “Top 10 Most-Recorded Songs from 1890-1954.”

“Body and Soul” is “an all-time classic torch song” SF and “the most recorded jazz standard.” WK Multiple versions were recorded, but it was an instrumental version by Coleman Hawkins, who has been called “the father of the tenor saxophone,” NPR’09 which ranks highest. He showed “it was possible to modernize well-worn Tin Pan Alley standards” NPR and it “became one of the most important jazz recordings of all time.” JA

Billie Holiday “Summertime” (1936)

Inducted January 2020 as “Top 10 Most-Recorded Songs from 1890-1954.”

It has been widely reported and accepted for years that the Beatles’ “Yesterday” is the most recorded song of all time, but its four thousand or so recordings pale compared to the 67,000 of “Summertime,” GW written originally for folk opera Porgy and Bess. The only version to chart in the pre-rock era was Billie Holiday’s 1936 recording (#12). Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim called the lyrics for this and “My Man’s Gone Now” “the best lyrics in the musical theater.” WM

Vess Ossman “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (1900)

Inducted January 2020 as “Top 10 Most-Recorded Songs from 1890-1954.”

Stephen Foster wrote and published this minstrel song (also known as “Swanee River”) in 1851. It was the most popular song ever published at that time WM with sheet music sales estimated as high as 20 million. PM Nine versions charted between 1892 and 1937, with Len Spencer being first (#1, 1892). Vess Ossman, however, had the highest-ranked version with his #2 banjo instrumental take on the song. It became Florida’s state song in 1935.

Artie Shaw “Stardust” (1941)

Inducted January 2020 as “Top 10 Most-Recorded Songs from 1890-1954.”

Hoagy Carmichael’s first major songwriting success NRR was first written as “an up-tempo dance instrumental” NPR but Mitchell Parish added lyrics in 1929. Isham Jones took it to #1 in 1931, but Artie Shaw’s version was rated the favorite record of all time in a 1956 Billboad poll of disc jockeys. PM It has been recorded more than 2000 times LW in more than forty languages. RCG

Bessie Smith & Louis Armstrong “St. Louis Blues” (1925)

Inducted January 2020 as “Top 10 Most-Recorded Songs from 1890-1954.”

This has been called “the most important blues song ever written.” LW William Christopher Handy, who became known as “The Father of the Blues,” wrote it in 1914 after hearing a St. Louis woman complaining about her cheating husband. LW 15 versions charted over the next forty years. PM Marion Harris had the greatest success with it in 1920 (#1), PM but Bessie Smith’s version with Louis Armstrong is the highest ranked version.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Rush: Top 100 Songs / All the Albums Ranked

First posted 7/29/2012; updated 1/21/2020.

Rush

l to r: Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, and Geddy Lee of Rush

This page includes the top 100 Rush songs and a ranking of all of Rush’s studio albums, as well as significant live releases and compilations. You can also check out the following:

Awards:


Top 100 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Tom Sawyer (1981)
2. The Spirit of Radio (1980)

DMDB Top 10%:

3. Closer to the Heart (1977)
4. Limelight (1981)
5. New World Man (1982) #1 AR, CN

DMDB Top 20%:

6. Fly by Night (1975)
7. Subdivisions (1982)
8. The Big Money (1985)
9. The Temples of Syrinx (Part II of “2112”) (1976)
10. Free Will (1980)
11. Time Stand Still (1987)
12. The Trees (1978)
13. Red Barchetta (1981)

DMDB Top 20%:

14. Working Man (1974)
15. Overture (Part I of “2112”) (1976)
16. Presentation (Part IV of “2112”) (1976)
17. Distant Early Warning (1984)
18. Discovery (Part III of “2112”) (1976)
19. In the End (1975)
20. Roll the Bones (1991)

21. The Body Electric (1984)
22. Grand Finale (Part VII of “2112”) (1976)
23. A Passage to Bangkok (1976)
24. Force Ten (1987)
25. Nobody’s Hero (1993)
26. Dreamline (1991) #1 AR
27. Xanadu (1977)
28. Soliloquy (Part VI of “2112”) (1976)
29. Finding My Way (1974)
30. Oracle: The Dream (Part V of “2112”) (1976)

31. Lock and Key (1987)
32. Driven (1996)
33. Show Don’t Tell (1989) #1 AR
34. Bravado (1991)
35. Manhattan Project (1985)
36. One Little Victory (2002)
37. Stick It Out (1993) #1 AR
38. Mystic Rhythms (1985)
39. Far Cry (2007)
40. Entre Nous (1980)

41. Vital Signs (1981)
42. Secret Touch (2002)
43. Red Sector A (1984)
44. Test for Echo (1996) #1 AR
45. By-Tor and the Snow Dog (1975)
46. Lakeside Park (1975)
47. Marathon (1985)
48. In the Mood (1974)
49. YYZ (1981)
50. Ghost of a Chance (1991)

51. Territories (1985)
52. Prime Mover (1987)
53. Animate (1993)
54. La Villa Strangiato (1978)
55. Something for Nothing (1976)
56. Half the World (1996)
57. The Analog Kid (1982)
58. The Pass (1989)
59. Mission (1987)
60. What You’re Doing (1974)

61. Presto (1989)
62. Cold Fire (1993)
63. Between the Wheels (1984)
64. Bastille Day (1975)
65. Resist (1996)
66. Countdown (1982)
67. Superconductor (1989)
68. Headlong Flight (2012)
69. The Wreckers (2012)
70. Circumstances (1978)

71. Cygnus X-1 Book Two (1978)
72. Different Strings (1980)
73. The Twilight Zone (1976)
74. Workin’ Them Angels (2007)
75. Caravan (2010)
76. Anthem (1975)
77. I Think I’m Going Bald (1975)
78. BU2B (2010)
79. Losing It (1982)
80. Not Fade Away (1973)

81. The Weapon (1982)
82. Second Nature (1987)
83. Natural Science (1980)
84. Leave That Thing Alone (1993)
85. Cinderella Man (1977)
86. The Anarchist (2012)
87. Clockwork Angels (2012)
88. Cygnus X-1 (1977)
89. Witch Hunt (1981)
90. A Farewell to Kings (1977)

91. Return of the Prince (1975)
92. Afterimage (1984)
93. Jacob’s Ladder (1980)
94. The Camera Eye (1981)
95. The Garden (2012)
96. The Larger Bowl (2007)
97. Spindrift (2007)
98. Earthshine (2002)
99. Beneath, Between, and Behind (1975)
100. Broon’s Bane (live, 1981)


Rush Albums Ranked


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by albums’ appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, points in the Dave’s Music Database of songs, and awards. This is a ranking of all the studio albums, compilations, and live albums released by Rush from 1974 to 2015.

DMDB Top 1000 Albums:

1. Moving Pictures (1981)
2. 2112 (1976)

DMDB Top 1000 Albums:

3. Permanent Waves (1980)
4. Hemispheres (1978)
5. The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits (compilation: 1974-1987, released 2003)
6. A Farewell to Kings (1977)
7. Chronicles (compilation: 1974-1989, released 1990)
8. Exit…Stage Left (live, 1981)
9. Retrospective I (compilation: 1974-1980, released 1997)
10. Archives (box of first three albums: 1974-75, released 1978)

11. Rush (1974)
12. Signals (1982)
13. Retrospective II (compilation: 1981-1987, released 1997)
14. In Rio (live, 2003)
15. Retrospective III (compilation: 1989-2007, released 2009)
16. Snakes & Arrows (2007)
17. Icon (compilation: 1976-1988; released 2010)
18. Grace Under Pressure (1984)
19. Time Stand Still: The Collection (compilation: 1974-1987; released 2010)
20. Power Windows (1985)

21. All the World’s a Stage (live, 1976)
22. Hold Your Fire (1987)
23. Fly by Night (1975)
24. Clockwork Angels (2012)
25. Counterparts (1993)
26. Roll the Bones (1991)
27. Feedback (covers EP, 2004)
28. Different Stages (live box set: 1978-97, released 1998)
29. Caress of Steel (1975)
30. Presto (1989)

31. Snakes & Arrows Live (live, 2007)
32. Grace Under Pressure Tour (live: 1984, released 2009)
33. Working Men (live compilation: 2002-08, released 2009)
34. Test for Echo (1996)
35. Vapor Trails (2002)
36. A Show of Hands (live, 1989)
37. Time Machine (live, 2011)
38. Icon 2 (live: 1974-88, released 2011)
39. Clockwork Angels Tour (live, 2013)
40. R40 Live (live, 2015)

Rush Discography

First posted 1/15/2020; updated 1/21/2020.

Rush Discography

l to r: Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, and Geddy Lee of Rush

This page gives snapshots of all of Rush’s studio releases as well as select compilations and live recordings. You can also check out the following:


Studio Albums:
  1. Rush (1974)
  2. Fly by Night (1975)
  3. Caress of Steel (1975)
  4. 2112 (1976)
  5. A Farewell to Kings (1977)
  6. Hemispheres (1978)
  7. Permanent Waves (1980)
  8. Moving Pictures (1981)
  9. Signals (1982)
  10. Grace Under Pressure (1984)
  11. Power Windows (1985)
  12. Hold Your Fire (1987)
  13. Presto (1989)
  14. Roll the Bones (1991)
  15. Counterparts (1993)
  16. Test for Echo (1996)
  17. Vapor Trails (2002)
  18. Feedback (covers EP, 2004)
  19. Snakes & Arrows (2007)
  20. Clockwork Angels (2012)


Live Albums:

Songs featured on these live albums are noted by the codes below (AS, ES, etc.)

  1. AS All the World’s a Stage (1976)
  2. ES Exit…Stage Left (1981)
  3. SH A Show of Hands (1989)


Compilations:

Songs featured on these compilations are noted by the codes below (R1, R2, etc.)

  1. R1 Retrospective I (1974-1980, released 1997)
  2. R2 Retrospective II (1981-1987, released 1997)
  3. SR The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits (1974-1987, released 2003)
  4. C Chronicles (1974-1989, released 1990)
  5. R3 Retrospective III (1989-2007, released 2009)

Singles are noted by the date it charted or was released (if known) and various codes indicate which charts the songs appeared on Click for codes to singles charts.

Rush


Rating:

2.855 out of 5.00
(average of 8 ratings)


Released: March 1974


Peak: 105 US, -- UK, 86 CN


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 0.5 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Finding My Way (8/74, #18 CL) AS, R1, C
  2. Need Some Love
  3. Take a Friend
  4. Here Again
  5. What You’re Doing (#23 CL) AS, C
  6. In the Mood (single, #11 CL, 31 CN) AS
  7. Before and After
  8. Working Man (#4 CL) AS, SR, C

Total Running Time: 39:51

Fly by Night


Rating:

3.364 out of 5.00
(average of 7 ratings)


Released: February 15, 1975


Peak: 113 US, -- UK, 9 CN


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Anthem AS, R1, C
  2. Best I Can
  3. Beneath, Between & Behind ES
  4. By-Tor & the Snow Dog (#22 CL) AS, R1
  5. Fly by Night (5/75, #88 US, 2 CL, 45 CN) AS, R1, SR, C
  6. Making Memories
  7. Rivendell
  8. In the End (1/8/77, #88 US, 21 CL, 41 UK) AS

Total Running Time: 37:38

Caress of Steel


Rating:

3.059 out of 5.00
(average of 9 ratings)


Released: September 1975


Peak: 148 US, -- UK, 60 CN


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 0.5 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Bastille Day (#22 CL) AS, R1, C
  2. I Think I’m Going Bald (#22 CL)
  3. Lakeside Park (single, #14 CL) AS, C
  4. The Necromancer
  5. The Fountain of Lamneth

Total Running Time: 45:00

2112


Rating:

4.098 out of 5.00
(average of 10 ratings)


Released: April 1976


Peak: 61 US, -- UK, 5 CN


Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, -- UK, 3.0 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. 2112 (#6 CL)
    I: Overture AS, R1, SR, C
    II: The Temples of Syrinx AS, R1, SR, C
    III: Discovery
    IV: Presentation AS
    V: Oracle: The Dream
    VI: Soliloquy AS
    VII: Grand Finale AS
  2. A Passage to Bangkok (#16 CL; live: 3/28/81, #41 UK) ES, C
  3. The Twilight Zone (single)
  4. Lessons
  5. Tears
  6. Something for Nothing (#18 CL)AS, R1

Total Running Time: 38:42

All the World’s a Stage


Rating:

3.668 out of 5.00
(average of 4 ratings)


Recorded: June 11-13, 1976 (live)


Released: September 29, 1976


Peak: 40 US, -- UK, 6 CN


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

Songs featured on this collection are coded on studio albums as AS.


Total Running Time: 79:32

A Farewell to Kings


Rating:

4.168 out of 5.00
(average of 9 ratings)


Released: September 1977


Peak: 33 US, 22 UK, 11 CN


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.1 UK, 1.1 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. A Farewell to Kings C
  2. Xanadu (#10 CL) ES, R1
  3. Closer to the Heart (10/29/77, #69 US, 73 CB, 90 HR, 2 CL, 21 AR, 36 UK, 45 CN) ES, R1, SR, SH, C
  4. Cinderella Man (single)
  5. Madrigal
  6. Cygnus X-1 Book 1: The Voyage

Total Running Time: 37:13

Hemispheres


Rating:

4.001 out of 5.00
(average of 9 ratings)


Released: October 28, 1978


Peak: 47 US, 14 UK, 14 CN


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.6 UK, 1.06 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
  2. Circumstances (single, #18 CL)
  3. The Trees (#7 CL) ES, R1, SR, C
  4. La Villa Strangiato (#12 CL) ES, R1, C

Total Running Time: 36:08

Permanent Waves


Rating:

4.119 out of 5.00
(average of 18 ratings)


Released: January 14, 1980


Peak: 4 US, 3 UK, 3 CN


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.6 UK, 1.06 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. The Spirit of Radio (2/9/80, #51 US, 60 CB, 57 HR, 1 CL, 27 AR, 13 UK, 22 CN) ES, R1, SR, C
  2. Freewill (#4 CL) ES, R1, SR, C
  3. Jacob’s Ladder ES
  4. Entre Nous (single, #18 CL, 94 CN)
  5. Different Strings
  6. Natural Science

Total Running Time: 35:35

Retrospective I


Rating:

3.953 out of 5.00
(average of 3 ratings)


Recorded: 1974-1980 (compilation)


Released: May 6, 1997


Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

Songs featured on this collection are coded on studio albums as R1.


Total Running Time: 75:49

Moving Pictures


Rating:

4.140 out of 5.00
(average of 11 ratings)


Released: February 12, 1981


Peak: 3 US, 6 UK, 1 CN


Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 0.6 UK, 4.06 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Tom Sawyer (2/28/81, #44 US, 47 CB, 57 HR, 1 CL, 8 AR, 25 UK, 24 CN) ES, R2, SR, C
  2. Red Barchetta (#6 CL) ES, R2, SR, C
  3. YYZ (#9 CL) ES
  4. Limelight (2/81, #55 US, 66 CB, 67 HR, 3 CL, 4 AR, 18 CN) R2, SR, C
  5. The Camera Eye
  6. Witch Hunt (Part III of “Fear”) SH
  7. Vital Signs (3/81, #43 CL, 41 UK)

Total Running Time: 40:03

Exit…Stage Left


Rating:

3.097 out of 5.00
(average of 3 ratings)


Recorded: June 10-11, 1980; March 27, 1981 (live)


Released: October 29, 1981


Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

Songs featured on this collection are coded on studio albums as ES. Also featured is a guitar solo from Alex Lifeson called “Broon’s Bane.”


Total Running Time: 76:36

Signals


Rating:

4.111 out of 5.00
(average of 7 ratings)


Released: September 9, 1982


Peak: 10 US, 3 UK, 13 CN


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.6 UK, 1.06 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Subdivisions (9/25/82, #8 AR, 53 UK, 36 CN) R2, SR, SH, C
  2. The Analog Kid (9/25/82, #19 AR) R2
  3. Chemistry
  4. Digital Man
  5. The Weapon (Part II of “Fear”)
  6. New World Man (8/82, #21 US, 35 CB, 25 RR, 1 AR, 36 UK, 1 CN) R2, SR, C
  7. Losing It
  8. Countdown (5/7/83, #36 UK)

Total Running Time: 43:12

Grace Under Pressure


Rating:

3.209 out of 5.00
(average of 9 ratings)


Released: April 12, 1984


Peak: 10 US, 5 UK, 4 CN


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.6 UK, 1.06 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Distant Early Warning (4/28/84, #3 AR) R2, SR, SH, C
  2. Afterimage (single)
  3. Red Sector A (5/12/84, #21 AR) R2, SH, C
  4. The Enemy Within (Part I of “Fear”)
  5. The Body Electric (5/5/84, #23 AR, 56 UK, 86 CN) R2
  6. Kid Gloves
  7. Red Lenses
  8. Between the Wheels (5/5/84, #39 AR)

Total Running Time: 39:23

Power Windows


Rating:

3.486 out of 5.00
(average of 9 ratings)


Released: October 14, 1985


Peak: 10 US, 9 UK, 2 CN


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.6 UK, 1.06 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. The Big Money (9/26/85, #45 US, 4 AR, 46 UK, 52 CN) R2, SR, SH, C
  2. Grand Designs
  3. Manhattan Project (11/2/85, #10 AR) SH, C
  4. Marathon (live: 1/14/89, #6 AR) R2, SH
  5. Territories (11/16/85, #30 AR)
  6. Middletown Dreams
  7. Emotion Detector
  8. Mystic Rhythms (3/8/86, #21 AR) R2, SH, C (live)

Total Running Time: 44:44

Hold Your Fire


Rating:

3.333 out of 5.00
(average of 8 ratings)


Released: September 8, 1987


Peak: 13 US, 10 UK, 9 CN


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.06 UK, 0.56 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Force Ten (9/5/87, #3 AR) R2, SR, SH, C
  2. Time Stand Still (with Aimee Mann, 9/19/87, #3 AR, 42 UK, 52 CN) R2, SR, SH, C
  3. Open Secrets
  4. Second Nature
  5. Prime Mover (4/11/88, #43 UK)
  6. Lock and Key (12/12/87, #16 AR)
  7. Mission (3/11/89, #33 AR) R2, SH
  8. Turn the Page SH
  9. Tai Shan
  10. High Water

Total Running Time: 50:21

Retrospective II


Rating:

3.920 out of 5.00
(average of 3 ratings)


Recorded: 1981-1987 (compilation)


Released: June 3, 1997


Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

Songs featured on this collection are coded on studio albums as R2.


Total Running Time: 76:42

The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits


Rating:

3.948 out of 5.00
(average of 4 ratings)


Recorded: 1974-1987


Released: February 11, 2003


Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

Songs featured on this collection are coded on studio albums as SR.


Total Running Time: 79:47

A Show of Hands


Rating:

3.073 out of 5.00
(average of 3 ratings)


Recorded: 1986,1988 (live)


Released: January 9, 1989


Peak: 21 US, -- UK, -- CN


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 0.5 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

    Songs featured on this collection are coded on studio albums as SH. Also featured is a drum solo from Neil Peart called “The Rhythm Method.”


    Total Running Time: 74:22

Presto


Rating:

3.598 out of 5.00
(average of 6 ratings)


Released: November 21, 1989


Peak: 16 US, 27 UK, 7 CN


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.06 UK, 0.56 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Show Don’t Tell (11/18/89, #1 AR) C
  2. Chain Lightning
  3. The Pass (3/3/90, #15 AR) R3
  4. War Paint
  5. Scars
  6. Presto (1/6/90, #14 AR) R3
  7. Superconductor (5/19/90, #37 AR)
  8. Anagram (For Mongo)
  9. Red Tide
  10. Hand Over Fist
  11. Available Light

Total Running Time: 52:11

Chronicles


Rating:

3.398 out of 5.00
(average of 4 ratings)


Recorded: 1974-1989 (compilation)


Released: September 4, 1990


Peak: 51 US, 42 UK, 38 CN


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, -- UK, 2.0 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

Songs featured on this collection are coded on studio albums as C.


Total Running Time: 2:23:42

Roll the Bones


Rating:

3.007 out of 5.00
(average of 7 ratings)


Released: September 21, 1991


Peak: 3 US, 10 UK, 11 CN


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Dreamline (9/7/91, #1 AR) R3
  2. Bravado (3/28/92, #13 AR) R3
  3. Roll the Bones (10/19/91, #9 AR, 49 UK) R3
  4. Face Up
  5. Where’s My Thing (Part IV: Gangster of Boats)
  6. The Big Wheel
  7. Heresy
  8. Ghost of a Chance (11/30/91, #2 AR; live: 2009) R3
  9. Neurotica
  10. You Bet Your Life

Total Running Time: 48:04

Counterparts


Rating:

3.341 out of 5.00
(average of 3.5 ratings)


Released: October 19, 1993


Peak: 2 US, 14 UK, 6 CN


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 0.5 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Animate (5/21/94, #35 AR) R3
  2. Stick It Out (10/23/93, #1 AR)
  3. Cut to the Chase
  4. Nobody’s Hero (2/26/94, #9 AR) R3
  5. Between Sun & Moon
  6. Alien Shore
  7. The Speed of Love
  8. Double Agent
  9. Leave That Thing Alone (1993) R3
  10. Cold Fire (11/20/93, #2 AR)
  11. Everyday Glory

Total Running Time: 54:24

Test for Echo


Rating:

3.175 out of 5.00
(average of 6 ratings)


Released: September 10, 1996


Peak: 5 US, 25 UK, 3 CN


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 0.5 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Test for Echo (9/7/96, #1 AR)
  2. Driven (3/22/97, #20 AR) R3
  3. Half the World (11/16/96, #6 AR)
  4. The Color of Right
  5. Time and Motion
  6. Totem
  7. Dog Years
  8. Virtuality
  9. Resist
  10. Limbo
  11. Carve Away the Stone

Total Running Time: 53:32

Vapor Trails


Rating:

3.430 out of 5.00
(average of 5 ratings)


Charted: May 14, 2002


Peak: 6 US, 38 UK, 3 CN


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. One Little Victory (3/29/02, #10 AR) R3
  2. Ceiling Unlimited
  3. Ghost Rider
  4. Peaceable Kingdom
  5. The Stars Look Down
  6. How It Is
  7. Vapor Trail
  8. Secret Touch (6/10/02, #25 AR)
  9. Earthshine R3
  10. Sweet Miracle (9/02)
  11. Nocturne
  12. Freeze (Part IV of “Fear”)
  13. Out of the Cradle

Total Running Time: 67:15

Feedback


Rating:

3.607 out of 5.00
(average of 7 ratings)


Released: June 29, 2004


Peak: 19 US, -- UK, 5 CN


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Summertime Blues (6/19/04, #30 AR)
  2. Heart Full of Soul
  3. For What It’s Worth
  4. The Seeker
  5. Mr. Soul
  6. Seven and Seven Is
  7. Shapes of Things
  8. Crossroads

Total Running Time: 27:08

Snakes & Arrows


Rating:

4.041 out of 5.00
(average of 16 ratings)


Released: May 1, 2007


Peak: 3 US, 13 UK, 3 CN


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 0.63 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Far Cry (3/12/07, #22 AR) R3
  2. Armor and Sword
  3. Workin’ Them Angels (single) R3
  4. The Larger Bowl (A Pantoum) (6/25/07)
  5. Spindrift (6/1/07)
  6. The Main Monkey Business
  7. The Way the Wind Blows
  8. Hope
  9. Faithless
  10. Bravest Face
  11. Good News First
  12. Malignant Narcissism
  13. We Hold On

Total Running Time: 62:50

Retrospective III


Rating:

3.450 out of 5.00
(average of 3.5 ratings)


Recorded: 1989-2007 (compilation)


Released: March 3, 2009


Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN


Sales (in millions): 47 US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

Songs featured on this collection are coded on studio albums as R3.


Total Running Time: 71:50

Clockwork Angels


Rating:

3.619 out of 5.00
(average of 9 ratings)


Released: June 8, 2012


Peak: 2 US, 21 UK, 11 CN


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Caravan (6/1/10, #44 CN)
  2. BU2B (6/1/10, #50 CN)
  3. Clockwork Angels
  4. The Anarchist
  5. Carnies
  6. Halo Effect
  7. Seven Cities of Gold
  8. The Wreckers
  9. Headlong Flight
  10. BU2B2
  11. Wish Them Well
  12. The Garden

Total Running Time: 66:04