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 Thick as a Brick

So much beauty in one song!

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

Just amazing. the short one is great fun to play on guitar, and the long one is great fun to listen to.

45 minutes of good progressive rock music. - MorbidCannibalSlayer

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2 Aqualung Aqualung

Will Burgundy's Jazz Flute!

Fantastic song, the beginning, the wonderful guitar solo, it's a great song

Jens from Berlin

It's a very good song and I love it

I think of it was the better rock band.

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3 Locomotive Breath Locomotive Breath

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.

Defiantly the best, jazz and rock mixed together, reminds me of Alice Cooper's Welcome To My Nightmare! Easily their best song!

Should b either 2 or 1, trumps thick as a brick in my opinion, but only by a very VERY slight margin

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4 Heavy Horses 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 Hunting Girl

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 Living in the Past Living in the Past

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.

7 Bouree 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

NICE...!

8 To Cry You a Song 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 Bungle in the Jungle Bungle in the Jungle

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

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

Just enjoy and you will understand - grecco

This should be in the top 5

10 Hymn 43 Hymn 43

This should be in the Top 5

The Newcomers

? Cross-Eyed Mary 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

Admittedly, they've got so much more longer, more epic, progressive, technical, more nuanced songs (on the very same album, at that) BUT!
THIS ONE is just TOO damn catchy, beautiful and dance inducing to not get the top spot for me.

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? Teacher 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 This Is Not Love This Is Not Love

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!

12 The Whistler The Whistler

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

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13 Mother Goose Mother Goose
14 Farm On the Freeway Farm On the Freeway

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

15 We Used to Know We Used to Know

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

Best guitar solo ever

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16 A Song For Jeffrey A Song For Jeffrey

I think #5 for this wicked song

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

Encapsulates the prog. rock mastery of Tull.

18 Budapest Budapest

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.

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19 A Passion Play A Passion Play

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.

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