Best Tool Songs

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1Lateralus

Ptahly says it best:

I believe it to be a alchemetical explaination into the divinity of the whole human condition. Especially, when he uses the four basiic colours of humanity and how we think we're all so different, but in reality we are all the same being looking at life at different angles. "As below so above and beyond I imagine"? That my friends is basic alchemy. Simply the equation that makes One out of three(Mental Spiritual Physical = The Perfected One). The spiral being our very same gentic code (which are the same for gold and the rest of this universe we happen to live in at this present time). Gnostic, in its terminology about embracing the Random. Its the over thinking over analyzing that really separates the body(the base)from the mind(the collective Godhood) until we are nothing more that lead trying to be turned into the Golden Age of Human Perfection that would be ushered in, once we accept our collective Godship instead of our individual ...more - BlindFremen

Honestly? This song is deeper and better in every way than Schism. Amazing musicianship. Amazing lyrics and meaning. One of the greatest song I've ever heard in my life.

I am confused here. I just found this site as I was searching for great Tool songs. I only have a couple albums, but listen to the religously, and wanted to see what others thought of their other albuns. I am shocked to see Lateralus #3. I just assumed it would be #1 with loyal Tool fans. I often try to describe to the song to non Tool fans as being similar to Stairway to Heaven. It is an Epic song that will never get old and will only get better each to you listen to it. Kind of like how Pulp Fiction seems to get better each time you watch it.

This song is so badass and cool

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2Schism

I could listen to this song for days on end. It's heavy handed musical qualities mixed with the inspirational lyrics and deeper meaning allow me to listen to this song no matter what mood I am in. I find my self in awe how great this song actually is.

The first Tool song I ever heard and it still contains one of the most intense musical moments I have ever experienced. That breakdown ("Cold silence has... ") reduces me to tears and goosebumps every single time. This song is like no other piece of music. A work of art that captures emotion perfectly. I love Eulogy, Lateralus & Rosetta Stoned, but Schism saved my life.

I picked it out from some blog listing of great numetal songs and turns it was MIND BLOWING really... How beautifully this songs keeps going!...

The bass intro and verse is awesome, probably the best instrumental section in any song. - Beatlesboy9

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3Vicarious

I can listen to this song all day has been my number one song by any band since I heard it... It gives me chills and dannys drumming is godly... Vicarious is perfection

Tool could not use any words in that song, yet it would still express more than any other casual one. The music itself is like pure, sublimed emotions, not to mention profound lyrics that can definitely touch everyone. Listening to Vicarious gives you unusual opportunity to experience what Catharsis really is. Just close your eyes and let the sound fill your heart and mind. Personaly speaking, this song changed my way of understanding what music really is.

Rightfully number one, listened to all the Tool songs, love them all, but seriously, vicarious is definitely the best

One of the greatest songs of all time - maverick88

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4Aenima

Aenima is the best. This song is how I used to think in early high school.. It has more meaning then any other song I have ever heard in my entire life

I love every Tool song ever written to death, but this song... This song is so damn good, that it was one of my favorite songs when I was too young to even understand Tool, and it may not be fair because I still don't like Stinkfist, but all I know is, this song is amazing, even more than vicarious.

Just wanted to say that there arent many Tool songs I dislike they are probably my favorite band and that is sayin somethin because like my name states Iam a MusicManiac, but I think I have to go with Aenima its crazy good don't get me wrong The Pot, Stinkfist, Sober, Schism and many more are great but my decision goes to Aenima... and why isn't Swamp Song on this list it beats out some of these others... - MusicManiac69

This songs really catchy with great empowered riffs/vocals at the chorus, and wonderfully misanthropic lyrics.

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5Forty-Six & 2

I truly admire each of the songs but I do have to say 46 and 2 is beyond just great lyrics and musical talent. It speaks to me as if the song was made for me. It describes my emotions and thoughts that I have not been able to put words to. I get lost in awe the more I think about the concepts the lyrics are referring to. This is a very complex song. The main idea is a sort of change into a higher state of being. Right now, humans have 46 chromosomes. It is estimated and presumed that the next stage of evolution will add 2 chromosomes to our DNA, hence the title Forty Six & 2.

There are many references to a shadow in the song. This is a reference to Carl Jung's work and theory. The shadow is everything in us that is unconscious, repressed, undeveloped and denied. These are dark, rejected aspects of our being. There is supposedly good in our shadow, as well. However, since it is only our unconscious, we are unaware of what that good is.

The song talks about stepping ...more

Not just a song... not a song at all. It is all about tension, which never fades! I've been crawling on my belly, clearin out what could have been - these lyrics are stuck in my mind. Awesome.

This is the best one by far. I can't believe it's 7 in this list.

I truly believe this song deserves this spot on this list

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6Sober

When I was trying to get into tool, I found myself struggling. And then I heard sober. Listening to this song makes me feel like I just kicked an army of tanks in the face with my fist.

Dude best line"waiting like a stalking butler". This song screams help me. This should be before schism for sure. - mrmansfu2

I didn't think highly of metal music until I heard this song at age 16. After the amazing sensations I experienced while listening to this song, metal was my favorite genre. This song is probably the best metal song ever. I listened to it more times than anything else.

Listening to it right now on the radio!

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7Parabola

The best song ever, of all time, by any band in the history of the world, I don't know if everyone just says it, but this song truly changed my life, it lifted me out of a deep dark hole I had been in for about 4 years and changed me back to the old me, someone who lives everyday to be enlightened and expand on intelligence, living each day as it comes and never worrying about the illusion that is pain. You need this song in your life no matter who you are, but it needs to come after parabol, as this truly allows you to feel the message in parabola, if you start in a dark place as Parabol does, the song carries you to the climax of light at the end of Parabola, life changing visual music at it's best.

Parabol/Parabola is nothing short of a masterpiece. In fact, calling it a masterpiece would be an understatement. This song not only talks about the philosophy of life and existence, but it also taught me how to live. After listening to this song and truly understanding the meaning, it gave me an inner sense of peace that is unparalleled to anything I have ever felt before. Thank you Tool, you saved my life.

It is one of those songs that change your perception. Every time I hear it, Parabola restates why it is so important to keep moving forward, to realize the illusions of life, to live life to its full potential and to feel the rhythm and beauty all around. Lateralus as a whole does this, but Parabola is at it's pinnacle, the echelon of the parabola. Most other songs that I like are just music, there are few pieces of music that really mean something important and this is one of them.

I really don't know how popular this song is but this song is my favorite. But 10,000 days I would say is their best

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8The Pot

This is an amazing song. Can wake up the dead. What powerful riffs! I have discovered Tool a bit too late but better late than never!

This is by far Tool's best track they have written. A masterpiece is the only way to describe it. It show's the bands true musical talent and Maynard's lyrics have such a strong meaning. The prominent bass line defines Justin Chancellor's "simple yet elegant" style he has created over the years. The small intricacies in this song bring Tool to a new high in my opinion, like Schism or Vicarious, however in a more simple manner. To sum it up in one word: Brilliant.

This song just empowers us to stand up against those arrogant people we come across in life who sniper other's imperfections yet ignore their own.

This song sticks so well. it's one of their harder pieces, and is also one of my favorite songs period

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9Stinkfist

Choosing my favorite Tool song is like choosing my favorite pile of money. They're all amazing. It was a tough choice between Sober, Vicarious, and this song. I ultimately chose this song because when I think of the unique sound and experience that is a Tool song, I think this song really exemplifies those qualities that make the band so great. Best band ever and one of the most important in the last 20 years of rock music certainly and possibly beyond.

Not enough I need more, nothing seems to satisfy. I said I don't want it, I just need it, to breathe to feel to know I'm alive.

I've been a fan for a long time, and after hearing every album and every song so many times, stinkfist resonates the most, for its dark playfulness. The lyrics and the tone are too perfectly matched. Not only the greatest tool song, but probably one of the greatest metal songs ever written.

This should be in the top 5 at least..

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1010,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)

Wow, I can't believe how this voting is going. People, just because a song is popular doesn't make it the bands best song. Vicarious is a good song but it doesn't even belong in the top 5. Listen to 10000days, Rosetta Stoned, and Third Eye, look up the lyrics. And don't vote on this page if you've only heard a few songs, because I guarentee that if everyone on this board actually listened, understood, and looked up the lyrics to 10,000 days it would easily be top 5.

All of tool's songs are amazing but this song stands out to me (both parts). The methodic yet confusing rhythms of the guitar the bass and the drums all separately alone are enough to blow me away, but in unison, they encircle me in a fantastic melancholy I can only describe as zen. In addition to the amazing instrumentation, the lyrics are similarly lovely. If I had to describe these lyrics in one word, it would be poetry. Maynard's canonizing of his mother reveals reveals the deep mourning he has experienced while questioning his worthiness to be the child of such a person. All around this is just a top-notch, 5 star song and I do not think anything I will ever hear will match the beauty and complexity of it.

This is tools most invoking and emotional song by far. If your a true TOOL fan this must be at least in your top 5 favorites. Such an orchestral piece and it holds its meaning throughout the song. Truly invokes the message its trying to portray. A friend of mine first time ever messing w/ hallucinogens and not knowing the subject of the song had visions of his mother in an angelic form comforting him and finally allowing him piece over her death when he was 7. Definitely my favorite song of all time

This is what progressive metal should be defined as; perfect structure and melodies that flow, sway, climax and fade... Such is life in Moscow

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The Contenders

11Eulogy

This song, more than other Tool songs, will actually be a part of music history. I feel that it is best example of what Tool means to the music world. It is something that all music fans can listen to and be influenced by.

It may not be now, but it will be recognized as their best piece of work.

This song just switches me off and reminds me when I had no hope of living, it scream inside me reminding me that am not the only one with problems, lines like "we wish you well, you told us that you weren't afraid to die"i can remember still remember those days and this song just takes me to exact time of my hollow...

Really any tool fan would know that this is one of their best songs... Such powerful lyrics and an awesome job by adam, Justin and danny on the musical portion on the song. This song will go down in history.

Come on! ! ! Get this song in the top ten! ! !

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12Right in Two

Love the meaning of this song, the angels watching us evolve from monkeys into a voilent society is how I look at it, vicarious is a good song with a great message, but I think this song is the best! - dragon13304

Its not my favourite but I voted it so it would be higher.
The lyrics are awesome

Now that I read the full list I realize that every song could be in the top 10 xD

This song perfectly describes the state of humanity in just under ten minutes. The lyrics to this song are simple but powerful and the guitar work has a perfect mix of clean and heavy parts. One of the best Tool songs!

Love it, should be top5 - Vaibhav141

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13The Grudge

Dude! Come on, any drummer should pick this song! This song and Forty-Six & 2 have the greatest drum solos ever put on a song. Daney Carey does the best he can on these songs and he does it all with just TWO of his hands! And it's not just the drums, the guitars on this song show thick, riffing patterns that contrast and make a really cool beat with the drums. The build to the end is so intense! These guys no how to play! They are my all time favorite band and that makes choosing that much harder. However, I came to a conclusion over years of them being my favorite that this song tops it all. This is my absolute favorite song ever! The meaning to lyrics melded into this song make everything almost over the top by how good they are together. This song needs to be in the top ten. Yes, I realize some songs, Schism, Sober, and Forty-Six & 2 are classics to any Tool fan, but The Grudge has to be put in the top ten for the sheer instrumental powers these guys have. It is the heart and soul ...more

The top 10 songs were voted in because they are radio songs. If you really want to get a feeling of what Tool is and how good they can be you have to listen to this song. In my mind this is the perfect song to start their best album! One of the few albums I could listen to on repeat over and over. Don't get my wrong, there are other songs that are very close to the top like Jerk Off, Hush, and Intolerance! Such a good band...

Why is this not higher?!? The greatest tool song ever! All four band members preform at their peak on this one. The drumming is completely off the charts, and if anyone besides Maynard attempted to sing this song, they would collapse 7 and a fourth minutes in.

How is it even possible that The Grudge is not in the top 10?I think it's Tool's most complete song and pure perfection on every musical and emotional level.

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14Jambi

Nothing can compare to the moment when Tool take the stage and Jambi's opening attack drives out over the crowd. If you haven't experienced it, it cannot be explained. If you have, it cannot be forgotten. Long live TOOL!

Jambi is just so powerful. Almost no other song in the world can compare to it. Every part of it is great. It reminds me of an orchestral piece. It starts out heavy and loud, then gets softer, then softer still and grows in intensity until the end where it is just orgasmic.

Jambi is an awesome song, it reminds me of when my mom was alive. - YEAH

The intro is very good

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15Prison Sex

This song shows both their artistic ability and the fact that they can rock pretty damn hard. One of my favorites as far as Maynard's voice goes, plus that riff is just amazing.

This song is just flat out amazing, hardcore stuff! It really shows the strength and effort tool puts in all their work! Simply breath taking sounds

Everything in the other comments, I agree. This is that one; I don't know why it's not at the top of the list. It's easily my favorite. If the song wasn't already moving enough, the accompanying video is also very artistic in how it depicts a dark issue.

Favorite song from Undertow

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16H

This song and 46&2 are interchangable to me as the 'best'. I give this song a slight edge. I am apparently in the minority that likes older Tool better than newer Tool.

This song should be #1 in all categories, have the people voting here ever even listen to all there songs. Seriously need to re-tally votes and quit talking to people that have no musical talent.

Awesome song and one of Tools best. This is easily in my top 5 for tool songs. I guess I am part of the crowd that prefers their older work. Also this song performed live is phenomenal.

The Snake behind me hisses, what my damage could have been... My favorite Tool song.

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17Rosetta Stoned

I'm a new fan of Tool, and this is the song that got me hooked. Top comment of "10,000 Days (Wings, Part 2)", thank you for telling me to look up the lyrics. This song isn't too hard to play, but I think because of the delivery, it makes the simplicity (of the guitar) so much better. On the other hand, all the lyrics being thrown at you at once just sounds amazing.

song is long, but one of the best songs they have

This song is GREAT. it is an intense trip which tells the story of a guy who ends up in hospital after a surreal experience. he tries, during the song, describe the whole experience to the doctors while still startled by the importance of what he (thinks) he been through.

The song, in the end, is very ironic. reminds us we're humans.

I think this needs to be higher. Songs like Aenima and 46&2 are iconic but are (in my humble opinion) not all that good. This on the other hand, when paired with the Lost Keys intro, is a 15 minute epic of Dream Theater quality (if Mike Portnoy wrote the lyrics) with an engaging story.

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18Ticks and Leeches

This is what you wanted... this is what you had in mind.

One of the greatest drum parts of all time caps off this magnificent song by one of metal's most original, powerful, and technical groups. Really, everything about this song is perfect, but as a drummer I have to give extra props to Carrey on this track. And not Jim Carrey. Danny Carrey, the drummer. Not the comedian. And if you needed that reminder, please don't vote. You obviously don't know Tool well enough.

What the? I have no idea why this song is so low! It's one of the more aggressive ones on the Lateralus album and altogether a great piece of music

This song is absolutely nuts! Especially on the drums. Danny does a ridiculously good job on the drums. The main groove especially, it is so good! If I could learn to play that my life would be complete. This song deserves more credit as it should easily be top 5. Lateralus should be #1 no argument there, but Ticks and Leeches is just so agressive, there isn't a Tool song quite like it!

Truly one of their best, and Danny Carey really outdid himself in this one

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19Pushit

This is my favorite song by tool, it is one of those songs that you start listening to once you start getting sick of the album and start experimenting with the longer songs that take a little discipline to sit threw, but once you do you realize how amazing this song is and how epic the climax is. Maynard does some of his best vocals at the end of this song. Because this song is a little less popular then most of their songs I think it is missed a lot, but you just have to give it a try. One of tools great compasitions.

It's insane this isn't number one. Fantastic song here, the whole build up and then the very end when Maynard hits that last note, "I must persuade you another way, " is beautiful. It gives me chills every time. This is a truly touching song. Yes, it's long, but that is what gives it the emotional buildup. Absolutely beautiful work, no other band could come up with something this stellar.

This song is, at the moment, my favorite Tool song. The way that these songs are being voted on is extremely appaling. The lack of third eye, rosetta stoned and many others such as this song being higher on the list is shocking. its not a popularity contest. those of you voting for the more popular, shorter songs truly don't get tool as a band

This song is easily the best out of all tool songs says 56

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20Third Eye

Great song people easily overlook it could have a variety of meanings doesn't matter because people can relate to this song however they want. For me it opened up the door for me to look into meditation as a way to calm my mind and try to experience something different and has worked real well for me so far. My grades used to be D's and F's and I was at a continuation school, now I'm in a regular high school graduating this year with A's and B's, I can't say for sure the meditation brought me here (after meditation sessions I have a hard time remembering what happened, but always feel enlightened like I learned something) but it has defiantly helped pave the path of small steps to help me deal with life thank you Tool for producing such a good song even if it had no deeper meaning when he wrote it. I don't care because it helped me with life

Personally this is my favorite tool song because it really has everything that the token Tool song should have. Maynard tears it up on the vocals; offering incredibly spiritual lyrics, and a wild performance complete with a paradigm of his vocal aesthetics. Adam Jones offers his usually dark and melodic guitar rifts. Justin Chacellor of course has his usual trippy' bass line in the background. Let's not ever forget the drummer, Danny Carey, with his rhythmic and unique drumming style to top off the bands spectacular song. I love all Tool songs, but this one is simply the best in my humble option.

Whoa. Amazing song. Riffs around 10 minutes just kick your ass. I like both versions, but I like the studio version better because I heard it first, lol.

Their most psychedelic song! I've always loved this one. I really hope there is a song like this on the new album!

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