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Permanent Waves (album) by Rush

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Permanent Waves
Permanent Waves by Rush (1980)
Overall rank: 604th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 444 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1980 (11th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (91st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (604th)

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Rush bestography

Permanent Waves is ranked 4th best out of 35 albums by Rush on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Rush is Moving Pictures which is ranked number 152 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 17,791.

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HemispheresPermanent WavesA Farewell To Kings

Members who like this album also like: Moving Pictures by Rush, Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd and Hemispheres by Rush.

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Permanent Waves track list

Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Track pickThe Spirit Of Radio
 89/100 (174 votes)
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2.Track pickFreewill
 86/100 (138 votes)
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3.Jacob's Ladder
 82/100 (74 votes)
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4.Entre Nous
 79/100 (75 votes)
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5.Different Strings
 79/100 (71 votes)
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6.Track pickNatural Science
 85/100 (94 votes)
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Permanent Waves rankings

Permanent Waves ratings

Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 444 votes)
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Release date: January 14 1980
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From LedZep
My favourite Rush. It's incredibly consistent and good, every song was my favourite at some moment and this is all around one of the best albums to listen to at any given time. Currently, my favourites of the bunch are Different Strings, Jacob's Ladder and Freewill.
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The perfect bridge between their super-proggy stuff and their 80s sound
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Rush really had 80s music down cold
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A very intelligent album from a musicianship perspective, my personal favourite is different strings, also love spirit of radio and natural science. You can hear the Mini Moog used to great effect all over this album.
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90/100
From Fischman
This is one of Rush's most consistent . . . and best ... albums. Along with the "hits" (Spirit of Radio, Freewill), there is the concise but brilliant 'Entre Nous,' and possibly the group's most intelligent and greatest epic length cut, 'Natural Science.'
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85/100
After 2112 and Moving Pictures, it's a tough call between this one, Hemispheres and A Farewell To Kings really, but as The Spirit Of Radio kicks off proceedings here it certainly throws the first punch. The Spirit Of Radio is pretty much irresistible and is the Rush track you will hear most often on the radio. The album doesn't tail off too much with such tracks as Natural Science, Jacob's Ladder and Freewill.
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75/100
Rush entered the 80s with Permanent Waves, and there change of sound was already starting. "Spirit of the Radio" is an awesome track, but my personal favourite is "Freewill". Its lyrics and its constantly shifting time signature are just so good. Rest of the album is solid but unspectacular.
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I. Love. Rush.
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Spirit of radio may be the best song of all time!
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