Best Jethro Tull Songs

The best of the many Jethro Tull songs that Ian Anderson has written.

The Top Ten

1 Thick as a Brick

Part 1 is a masterpiece, part 2 is a little more experimental but also very good. - MaxPap

Nevermind. The whole song is a masterpiece. Definitively in my top 5 favorite songs ever. - MaxPap

So much beauty in one song!

45 minutes and every single second of it is a masterpiece. It never overwhelms you, it never gets tiresome and every single segment of the song is perfect. Absolute masterpiece

45 minutes the best song ever without a smidgen or shadow of doubt.
Ian Anderson is the best and the flute solos are awesome

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2 Aqualung

Who can beat the classics? - purpleyoshi98

Brilliant! So many variations in one song!

That solo boy! And the bass! - San_Lakshitha

Will Burgundy's Jazz Flute!

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3 Locomotive Breath

Fabulous Live closer...amazing!

The best of tull, right here in one song-have everything!

By far one of the best of Jethro Tull. Perfectly arranged to combine both jazz and rock. Personally, I got shivers down my spine when I heard it for the first time... I advise anyone who reads this to listen to the song... ASAP...

The piano intro and transition into the more intense part is perfect. The song has a very jazzy feel and is wonderfully arranged.

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4 Heavy Horses

One of the best Tull songs written.

A great composition. Heavy Horses and Stormwatch are under-appreciated LP's.

The most powerful and dynamic Tull song. Heavy Horses combines many elements of music *and of Tull. Best song from the best album, next to Stormwatch.

5 Hunting Girl

I love this so much! This got me into Jethro Tull.

The perfect Tull song! Mostly when you listen to a splendid song it goes really quickly, as it's a 5 minute song, it's the perfect length. Got a great hock to it. This was the song that put Jethro Tull to a band I have heard of, to my all time favourite band. This is the song that made me a prog rock fan!

Hunting girl somehow captures the sheer essence of a hunt. You HAVE to enjoy listening to it. It's just marvelous, I'd give it at least third place.

It truly represents the unique qualities of Tull at their best!

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6 Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young to Die

Love this classic

Beautiful melody. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

Should be much higher on the list. - striker75

Should be in top 10

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7 Cross-Eyed Mary

Talk about Tull going metal. This song is heavy metal at its best. It, s one of my all time favorite Jethro Tull song.

When Tull decided crossed over into heavy metal they redefined it.

Great song, love it's rhythm, lyrics and energy. Plus you have a lot of flute! Maybe my favorite song on Aqualung

So underrated. Should be in the top 3. I love Iron Maiden's cover of it.

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8 To Cry You a Song

The most under rated lp of the70's just an amazing album. I never get tired of benefit,remember benefit aqualung and thick as a brick not bad ian you did well and rip glenn cornick.

9 Living in the Past

One of those in the zone tracks, headphones on, but of herbal burning

The first song I ever heard of Jethro Tull.. A weird 5/4 beat, with the flute transitions. Possible the best progressive I've heard. Anderson manages to put you to sleep with his calming flute, then as soon as the bridge hits, your in another world.

The first Jethro Tull song I Heard was Aqualung, like most people. But Aqualung doesn't have any of the signature flute. This song is great, what can I say.

The best of by far. the crescendo and pace just works

10 Teacher

I love this song. So many memories for me as a little kid with the Tull.

This is a top 5 song in my opinion. It really grabs you. Gets stuck in your head and won't let go. Love Ian's voice on this one.

Most true song to the "Tull" technique..

In my opinion this is their best song

The Contenders

11 Bouree

The only time in history when a flute has been unquestionably badass. Bouree is simply one of the coolest translations of classical music ever recorded.

The flute here obviously isn't as hard-driving or technical as the bridge to "Locomotive Breath", but it's seductively sexy, and perfect for this song.

Number 1 flute solo of all time. Okay maybe the only flute solo of all time


12 A Song For Jeffrey

I think #5 for this wicked song

13 Hymn 43

This should be in the Top 5

14 Bungle in the Jungle

This one is personally my favorite jethro tull song of all time. I could listen to it all day

Fantastic lyrics with an infectious groove. Showcasing Tull's heavier side this one rocks from start to finish. I thank you for dinner!

Awesome song! It's perfect if you're new to Jethro Tull and aren't totally convinced.

Just enjoy and you will understand - grecco

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15 This is Not Love

Great song from a very often overlooked Tull album.

One of the best songs from their hard rock era. Great hocks from verse to chorus. Great song structure! And brilliant guitar work from martin barre!

16 Mother Goose

This song is, Amazing!

17 Farm on the Freeway

Another great song from Jethro Tull. Not my favourite, but should be in the top 20 I think.

18 The Whistler

I think this is one of the better songs, it should be at least top 10

No 14? Really? Oh my God, this song is so beautiful!

19 A Passion Play

Underrated. It's as good as Thick as a Brick. - MaxPap

A difficult but rewarding listen. The songs get better as they go along. Critique Oblique is the highlight on side one. Top of our stairs, Overseer and Flight from Lucifer are all good songs in their own right. Go on and give it another try.

20 We Used to Know

It's the best song ever (for me).

Great guitar solos this is probably one of my favorite guitar solos,at least top ten, drummers great, but I think really the only other songs in my top ten guitar solos are Pink Floyd songs, such as Comfortably Numb, but who cares what I think, this is amazing, and very underrated.

Certainly one of the best Tull songs. (and the Eagles stole it to make "hotel California" a few years later.)

Are you kidding'? One of the best guitar solo I have ever listened. Must be in 3

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21 Baker St. Muse

Sheer 3 minute easy listen...but then if your here reading this your beyond that with JT in much song to love...

Arguably one of the greatest songs on record. Such a shame that people are put off by it's 16+ minute runtime. If you've got a teabreak at work, just pop in your earphones and listen to this musical titan!

22 Budapest

Among the many masterpieces of Ian, this one I can never stop listening to.

How can this song not make the list? Even with the heavier riffs, this song is so soothing. Besides, it's unlike what Jethro Tull had ever done before.

Ian's favorite song he has stated in interviews! I think it's one of their best.

Jethro Tulls Telegraph Road ;) I really like this Masterpiece +1

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23 Skating Away (On the Thin Ice of the New Day)

Encapsulates the prog. rock mastery of Tull.

24 My God

The Aqualung album is full of forceful imagery. Ian Anderson gets it completely right about organised religion on this one.

In your prom and all your glory your a poorer man then me as you lick the boots of death born out of fear. ian could write rock and very well. I really dig my god it said a lot, and in 1971 the timing was perfect thanks ian.

25 Cup of Wonder
26 Up to Me

Under rated, it's not their best but really good along with witch's promise

27 Minstrel in the Gallery

Their best album -

This is better than any song off aqualung.

28 Play in Time
29 Fat Man
30 Cold Wind to Valhalla
31 Cheap Day Return
32 Songs from the Wood

The perfect tull album, very folky, very progy! Hunting girl has got to be their best underrated song. Songs of wood song is weird, but great to listen to, then there's the whistler, the biggest hit from this album, and when you listen to it, you can see why. All the other songs fantastic in their own rights

33 Moths

Great song. classic tull

34 Acres Wild
35 And the Mouse Police Never Sleeps
36 Black Satin Dancer
37 Roots to Branches

One of their best and heaviest songs. - fireinside96

38 Childhood Heroes Reprise
39 Wind Up

One of my all time favorite rock songs. Needs to be higher!

How is this song not higher? one of my top 5 Tull songs. come on guys, move this one up!

"He's not the kind you have to wind up on Sundays." Underrated line.

40 Protect and Survive
41 Living In These Hard Days
42 Velvet Green

Never get tired of this lovely melody

43 The Witch's Promise

The true classic folk song pure escapism

44 Orion
45 Reasons for Waiting

Outstanding song!

So beautiful love song!

46 With You There to Help Me

Top 10 Tull Song in my humble opinion

Major major bad ass song love this song I love the. lp thanks ian

47 Steel Monkey

Definitely one of the best heavy/prog metal songs I've heard in a while. He won a Grammy for this!

48 Rainbow Blues

This really is a gem. Very poppy and quite different for Tull.

49 A New Day Yesterday

I love the jazzed up live version.

I am surprised this was not in the list. Absolutely sensational.

How is this not up there? One of the best riffs of all time.

50 One White Duck

Love this song, the lyrics are beautiful

This is a classic song. Anderson's voice is perfect and the melody just beautiful. The song is in two parts the first being the best part but the second section finishes the song nicely. The lyrics are beautiful.

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