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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Musicians Neil Peart (L) and Geddy Lee of Rush perform on stage at the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Rush: “New World Man”

The Hook: It’s all about da riddim, mon.

Album: Signals

Year: 1982

Writers: Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

Stats: Rush’s only song to chart in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number-21.

Background: Although Neil Peart’s lyrics feature some pretty heavy geopolitical thought, singer-bassist Geddy Lee says that for him, it’s the rhythm that stands out.

Rush singer-bassist Geddy Lee on “New World Man.” OC:…to write. :16

“Rhythm is probably the most important facet of that song. It has a slightly ska, slightly reggae-ish rhythm to it. And I think that was a little unexpected for most of our fans, for us to go in that direction rhythmically. And it was a fun song to write.”