Following the Jan. 7 death of longtime Rush drummer Neil Peart, which was announced Jan. 10, the band dominates Billboard's LyricFind U.S. and LyricFind Global charts dated Jan. 18, led by "Tom Sawyer," which bows at No. 1 on both lists.
The band infuses 23 of the 25 positions on the Global survey and 18 of the 25 spots on the U.S. ranking.
The LyricFind Global and LyricFind U.S. charts rank the fastest-momentum-gaining tracks in lyric-search queries and usages globally and in the U.S., respectively, provided by LyricFind. The Global chart includes queries from all countries, including the U.S. The company is the world's leader in licensed lyrics, with data provided by more than 5,000 publishers and utilized by more than 100 services, including Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Microsoft, SoundHound and iHeartRadio. The latest tracking week ended Jan. 12.
Drummer Neil Peart from Rush recording their album 'Permanent Waves' at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada in October 1979.
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Rush songs occupy the top six of the LyricFind Global tally, paced by "Tom Sawyer," which earned a 2,480% boost in lyric views, according to LyricFind, following the news of Peart's passing.
"Limelight" ranks at No. 2 on Global (up 2,788%), with "The Trees" (up 1,513%) rounding out the top three.
"The Temples of Syrinx" (No. 4), "Losing It" (No. 5), "The Garden" (No. 6), "Afterimage" (No. 8) and "Closer to the Heart" (No. 10) also infuse the top 10, and each position from No. 11 through the No. 25 anchor spot also belongs to the band.
Neil Peart photographed in 1978.
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The U.S. list finds "Tom Sawyer" likewise at No. 1, followed by Rush catalog at Nos. 6 through 17, with "Limelight" at No. 6.
More gains for the band will be reflected on the Jan. 25-dated Billboard charts, following full sales and streaming tracking weeks encompassing Jan. 10-16.
Peart died at age 67, following a three-year battle with cancer.