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Anthem is a song written by Canadian rock trio Rush. It appears on their Fly by Night album from 1975. The lyrics are heavily influenced by novelist and objectivist Ayn Rand, whose ideas heavily influenced Rush lyricist Neil Peart at the time. The song’s title is the same as Rand’s novella Anthem. Like Rand’s writings, the lyrics speak about individualism, love and respect for the self and the ego. The song urges its listeners to live for themselves and realize that they are in charge of their own lives. Musically, “Anthem” is a classic example of early Rush with heavy, loud and fast guitar, drum, and bass playing. Vocally, the song features the very high-pitched, early singing, style of Geddy Lee. Read on...

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More songs by Rush (See Charts): Something For Nothing, Ghost Of A Chance, Chemistry, Turn The Page, The Big Money, Bravado, Prime Mover, The Twilight Zone, Countdown, and Digital Man.

Popular in Heavy Metal (See Charts): The Unforgiven, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Iron Man, Fear Of The Dark, Sad But True, Run To The Hills, Courage, The Trooper, Still Loving You, and The Unforgiven II.


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