Permanent Waves (album) by Rush

Permanent Waves
Permanent Waves by Rush
Year: 1980
Overall rank: 625th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 480 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1980 (11th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (93rd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (625th)

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 151 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 12,203.

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HemispheresPermanent WavesA Farewell To Kings

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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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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 480 votes)
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07/02/2020 08:25 Juneof44  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 2,00569/100
 
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06/26/2020 05:56 TheNowhereGuy  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 95687/100
 
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06/14/2020 06:02 areminder  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 60382/100
 
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06/02/2020 08:43 omerkayar  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 32479/100

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 80.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 80.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.4.

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80/100
From 05/18/2020 14:32
It's good
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80/100
From 12/12/2019 20:50
2nd favorite Rush album next to Moving Pictures. Highlights are Spirit of Radio, Freewill & Jacob's Ladder.
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80/100
From 02/03/2019 14:48
Release date: January 14 1980
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95/100
From 05/16/2018 21:14
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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Rating:  
100/100
From 05/03/2018 04:31
The perfect bridge between their super-proggy stuff and their 80s sound
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From 03/09/2018 01:46
Rush really had 80s music down cold
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80/100
From 09/14/2017 18:12
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 11/30/2016 20:14
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
From 06/22/2016 15:39
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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80/100
From 06/15/2016 04:21
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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Best Albums of 1980
1. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
2. Closer by Joy Division
3. Back In Black by AC/DC
4. Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables by Dead Kennedys
5. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) by David Bowie
6. The River by Bruce Springsteen
7. Peter Gabriel III by Peter Gabriel
8. Making Movies by Dire Straits
9. Seventeen Seconds by The Cure
10. Crazy Rhythms by The Feelies
11. Permanent Waves by Rush
12. Pretenders by Pretenders
13. Sandinista! by The Clash
14. Boy by U2
15. Get Happy!! by Elvis Costello And The Attractions
16. Heaven And Hell by Black Sabbath
17. Ace Of Spades by Motörhead
18. Sound Affects by The Jam
19. Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden
20. Dirty Mind by Prince
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