When the question “musically, who is greatest band of all time?” is thrown out, you’ll often get a decent number of people passionately replying with the Canadian progressive rock trio Rush. Ask those same people for the greatest song, you’ll probably get ‘Tom Sawyer’, the band’s signature tune and one of the most enduring rock songs of all time. With a driving beat from drumming legend Neil Peart, the wailing banshee-like vocals of bassist and singer Geddy Lee, and an all time great guitar solo from Alex Lifeson, the song is endlessly re-listenable, catchy as all hell and damn cool. From Lee’s unconventional delivery, to Peart’s refusal to play the expected and Lifeson’s swagger and gusto, ‘Tom Sawyer’ shows a band at their apex, as timeless as they come and genre defining, ‘Tom Sawyer’ is an utterly transcendental rock song from the living legends.
‘Tom Sawyer’ was released in 1981 via Mercury