Top 5 Bass Riffs From Rush

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Geddy Lee’s importance to the Canadian rock group Rush can be distinguished threefold: his vocal prowess, his keyboard skills, and his insane delivery for bass lines. In particular, Lee’s unequaled bass riffs truly shows his superiority in performing, making the unflashy bass the flashiest instrument there is. Take a look at these top 5 remarkable bass lines from this legend!


“Prime Mover” – Hold Your Fire (1987)

Perhaps the most spiritual song from Rush’s 12th studio album, Geddy Lee’s bass lines is too prominent not to be noticed. Its slickness gives the song an uplifting vibe, making it a favorite among Rush’s fans.

“Subdivisions” – Signals (1982)

Signals marked the point in which Rush made good use of keyboards as an integral part of their songs. But amidst its dominance, Lee’s bass tones morphed the whole song in perspective, and it’s a bit hard to get it right if you play it.

“YYZ” – Moving Pictures (1981)

There’s a reason why this is an overrated album because Moving Pictures has got it all for you. “YZZ” is one of the great examples of the album’s popularity, since it’s a difficult track to follow, but worth it of its time. The instrumental for this one marks the dominance of the triumvirate’s artistic peak, and Lee’s stunning bass lines are downright superior.

“New World Man” – Signals (1982)

This funky tune of a song carries one of the best bass harmonics from Lee. While most people are frustrated with Rush’s call for the New Wave genre, this song, however, helped them retain their admiration for these Canadian rockers.

“Tom Sawyer” – Moving Pictures (1981)

“Tom Sawyer” is the band’s most popular song, the portal for their success and fame from their fans. Rush manages to harness their progressive proclivities and contained it to a song that is intelligent and will forever be relevant. For its bass hues, it isn’t the perfect track to describe Geddy Lee’s complexity, still, the classic tune for the song is both fetching and energetic.