Reason #496 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Moving Pictures

Rush released their best album at the dawn of the decade and it pushed the trio into the rock stratosphere and remains one of the best rock albums ever released. They started toying with shorter, catchier songs on the previous album (Permanent Waves) and even fused a little of *gasp!* new wave and reggae into their sound. It all came together here, and while there was still one 10 minute epic (the great Camera Eye) most of the songs were catchy enough to become rock radio staples (Limelight, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, Red Barchetta).

The cover is a little obvious but the music contained therein is absolutely fantastic. After this they went a little too far down the new wave rabbit hole but eventually got their mojo back in the aughts with Snakes and Arrows and 2012’s Clockwork Angels. But this was their masterpiece and is the album they will forever be remembered for.