Rush Albums Make the CBC’s So-So Top 100 List
Too many great albums were left off, too many newer bands were given too much prominence. It’s the usual litany of complaints any time a list comes out of the top anything. But it’s hard not to agree with some of the criticism.
Neil Young gets top billing, with his Harvest album coming in at No. 1, but some Canadians wonder if he’s just spent too much time in the United States to be anything but an honorary Canadian anymore.
Other top billers, including Leonard Cohen, The Band, Gordon LIghtfoot, were duly recognized, as were Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Alanis Morissette, Sarah McLachlan, Celine Dion, the Guess Who, Barenaked Ladies, and others. But a lot of Francophone artists were left off and, probably the biggest complaint of all, too much emphasis was given to newer acts (that is, anything since the 1960s and 1970s), like The Tragically Hip and Arcade Fire.
Rush comes in at 17 with 2112 and, just making the cut, Moving Pictures at 100. One commenter on CBC’s site complained that “they have Rush on there like 10 times” while albums from other artists go missing. Well, that seems a bit ungenerous.
For all the complaints, the list does make one point well, and that’s to remind us just how much good music comes out of the country. Really, the range and depth of the artists on the list as well as those left off is astounding. So, the Top 100 list does serve a purpose.—Rob Freedman, Rush Vault
Thanks to RushIsABand for th head’s up on the list.