* ArchivePanic: See all that on the main page? And if you want to get into everything he's produced as well as his solo/Utopia recordings, ''good luck''.
* AwesomeMusic: Lots of it, with ''Music/SomethingAnything'' and ''A Wizard, a True Star'' being the most frequently cited contenders for best album.
** The Beatles parodies on Utopia's ''Deface the Music'' are such effective pastiches that the track "I Just Want to Touch You" was rejected for inclusion on the soundtrack to the film ''Roadie'' because the filmmakers were afraid of getting sued for plagiarism.
** ProgressiveRock fans should make sure to check out ''Todd'', ''Initiation'', ''Todd Rundgren's Utopia'', ''Another Live'', and ''Ra''.
** Even in just a featured role, Todd provides guitar heroics up and down ''Bat Out of Hell''.
** "Bang on the Drum." It's not FunPersonified so much as pure, primal adrenaline distilled into awesome rock n roll.
** ''Healing'' is basically what you get if you cross ProgressiveRock with SynthPop and, if you can get past the '80s synths, it is beautiful.
** ''A Cappella'' was produced entirely with Rundgren's voice, although it is often electronically processed to make it sound like musical and percussion instruments. It's absolutely astonishing that one person can produce such a rich variety of sound. The accompanying tour, a recording of which was released as ''A Cappella Tour'', has Rundgren revisiting much of his earlier material with an accompanying choir, and is similarly beautiful.
* CoveredUp: Rundgren did this to ''his own song''. His solo version of "Hello It's Me" is much better known than the Nazz' version (although the Nazz' version was itself a minor hit).
* DeadHorseGenre: There is a risk of this with his prog and disco stuff. However, his prog stuff manages to be quite a bit more tuneful than the works of many other acts in the genre, so some people may find it more accessible and/or less pretentious than typical prog fare.
* EarWorm: Nearly everything he ever released, even including his TrueArtIsIncomprehensible ProgressiveRock epics. If you make a playlist with his songs on it and listen to it for a few hours there is no telling what hooks you'll have stuck in your head when you finish.
* EpicRiff: Again, many of his songs, including the prog stuff (there are several in "The Ikon" alone).
* FaceOfTheBand: Quick, name another member of Nazz, Runt, or Utopia. (Prog rock fans may be able to name Roger Powell or Moogy Klingman for the latter, but it still counts).
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: "You Left Me Sore". At the time the song was written, getting an STI was embarrassing but not exactly life-threatening. The HIV scare changed that.
* NightmareFuel: The Night the Carousel Burnt Down, from Music/SomethingAnything. That ending especially—shivers....
* RetroactiveRecognition: Music/LutherVandross shows up as a backing vocalist on a few Utopia recordings.
* SeasonalRot: His output in the nineties is generally regarded as...not very good. His {{Noughties}} output is somewhat more warmly regarded, though rarely considered to be as good as his classic material.
* SignatureSong: Arguably "Hello It's Me". Also "I Saw the Light", "Can We Still Be Friends?", "We Gotta Get You a Woman", and "Bang the Drum All Day".
* TooSoon: ''Deface the Music'' had the misfortune of coming out just after the assassination of Music/JohnLennon. It was doomed. This wasn't the band's fault, of course, because it had been recorded beforehand.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Some of his PsychedelicRock and ProgressiveRock material can get this way, but probably none of it more than "A Treatise on Cosmic Fire", a thirty-five minute {{instrumental}} consisting mostly of Rundgren's synthesizer.
* ValuesResonance: Many of his {{protest song}}s are even more resonant now than they were when they were written. "Honest Work" tackles the replacement of manual labour with automation, a trend that is more prominent now than it was in TheEighties and will continue to become even more so in the future. Meanwhile, ''Liars''[='=] concept of "a paucity of truth" seems depressingly prescient given the fact that many people are bandying about the term "post-truth" in the wake of 2016's political events.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Averted; a lot of it was. Played straight with some of the Nazz material.
* WinBackTheCrowd: After a long period of releasing material that resulted in a BrokenBase, ''Liars'' received an almost unanimously positive reception.