Permanent Waves (studio album) by Rush

Permanent Waves by Rush
Year: 1980
Overall rank: 572nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 569 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1980 (8th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (87th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (572nd)

Rush bestography

Permanent Waves is ranked 3rd best out of 37 albums by Rush on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Rush is Moving Pictures which is ranked number 153 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,156.

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Permanent Waves track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 84 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Permanent Waves ratings

Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 569 votes)
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09/04/2022 07:32 yinei007  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 76978/100
 
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08/31/2022 15:33 xdavijonesx  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 64382/100
 
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08/25/2022 16:56 DimariaSnage1731  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 29366/100
 
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08/21/2022 11:49 classicjoe  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 37976/100
 
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08/20/2022 03:33 dhbarrett  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 4,08565/100

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.8/100, a mean average of 79.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.1.

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85/100
From 09/07/2022 01:12
One of Rush's best
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From 08/08/2022 11:47
Another solid Rush album with great opener and closer.
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From 06/12/2022 12:20
A superb album. This was my first real introduction to Rush. I immediately took to Jacob's Ladder, Entre Nous and Different Strings which are still amongst my favourite ever tracks by anyone. The only weak point for me is the closer which is a shame, I've never taken to it.
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80/100
From 03/28/2022 08:14
After going overboard with the previous album, we hear a more grounded Rush here. Still firmly rooted in progressive rock, the tracks don't beat around the bush and don't overstay their welcome. Not perfect, but highly recommended.
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From 02/21/2021 21:52
Grande álbum, já mais próximo de uma sonoridade radiofônica.
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From 11/15/2020 20:32
Great album by Rush. Entre Nous and freewill are my favourites.
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From 05/18/2020 14:32
It's good
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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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From 02/03/2019 14:48
Release date: January 14 1980
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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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Best Albums of 1980
1. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
2. Closer by Joy Division
3. Back In Black by AC/DC
4. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) by David Bowie
5. Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables by Dead Kennedys
6. Peter Gabriel III by Peter Gabriel
7. The River by Bruce Springsteen
8. Permanent Waves by Rush
9. Making Movies by Dire Straits
10. Pretenders by Pretenders
11. Seventeen Seconds by The Cure
12. Crazy Rhythms by The Feelies
13. Sandinista! by The Clash
14. Boy by U2
15. Heaven And Hell by Black Sabbath
16. Ace Of Spades by Motörhead
17. Gaucho by Steely Dan
18. Duke by Genesis
19. Get Happy!! by Elvis Costello And The Attractions
20. Sound Affects by The Jam
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