Best Tool Songs

The Top Ten

1 Lateralus Lateralus Cover Art

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

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.

Very deep. I love the sounds at the start. Overall song, perfection.

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.

2 Schism Schism Cover Art

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.

I know the pieces fit because I watched them fall away. Mildewed and smoldering! Fundamental Differing! I forget the rest of the lyrics

Most recognizable bass line of Tool songs, very hard not to get right into the music and motivate ones self to rage out.

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.

3 Vicarious Vicarious Cover Art

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

This song paints a vivid picture of modern cultures fascination with death and dying. And openly criticizes human beings for their self absorbed, materialistic mind set, and the hypocritical way in which people live their lives. It has eye opening lyrics that will make you contemplate your own existence relative to others around you.

4 Parabola Parabola Cover Art

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.

This is a masterpiece. Play it with Parabol and it is 1000 times better than it already is. Sick riffs.

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.

5 Forty Six & 2 Forty Six & 2 Cover Art

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

The Best of all things Tool, you hear a longing to become better; while the music is forging ahead to show the way... heaviest song.

I LOVE this song so much. It has great riffs, amazing lyrics, even decent drumming. What more could you want from a rock song? Maynard's vocals are amazing here. Hands down one of Tool's best songs ever. - BlueTelegraph

It sounds very tragic, also sounds like a great soundtrack to a horror movie to be honest.

6 Sober Sober Cover Art

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.

First song by them I ever heard. No idea how this is not rated #1 by a landslide. I love it so damn much I could play it all day on repeat.

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

Honestly this should be at least in the top 3 for the lyrics and the awesome riff.

7 The Pot The Pot Cover Art

This is musically unbelievable, I want to play this if I had the skills on bass and drums.

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.

8 Aenima Aenima Cover Art

Possibly the greatest song ever. Would play it at my school, except for it dropping the F-bomb once or twice.

No matter how many times I hear it, it still pumps me up.

Learn to swim! Awesome song gets me going every time. I saw them live and this was the highlight. One of TOOLs heaviest songs.

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

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...

9 10,000 Days (Wings, Pt 2) 10,000 Days (Wings, Pt 2) Cover Art

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.

Great lyrics about Maynard's mom and her condition that she got when Maynard was a kid, that allowed her to live for only 10,000 more days

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.

Tool is easily my favorite band. I remember when I first discovered the band a few years ago, all I did was listen to the 10,000 days album on repeat for a whole month. And I clearly remember how I cried when I first heard this song. No other song had had such an emotional impact on me before. It affected me to the point of me crying fat tears with loud sobs to accompany them. The buildup of the song was perfect and the calmness in Maynard's voice was just... I don't even know how to describe it. His voice was just rather calm in the beginning, but raw emotion could still be heard. Then when Maynard sung about Mary demanding her wings, I just broke down, I completely lost all composure and started sobbing. I still tear up a bit every time I hear it, and it's simply my favorite song by Tool because of the raw emotion that it elicits from me.

10 Stinkfist Stinkfist Cover Art

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.

Damn is there a better hook than Stinkfist as a first song? Starts out with a very basic beat and then sucks you in to this very unique, and unequaled, Tool album. I love Stinkfist, not for it's undertones of desensitization of music/society or the subtle introduction of voice mixing, I love the entire composition and the ride...damn it's the whole transition from angst-depression Tool to something more. I'll say it like this...I'll never skip this song.

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.

The Contenders

11 Eulogy Eulogy Cover Art

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.

My favorite tool song since I was a little kid. When I got this album at 8 years old I had no idea what I was holding in my hands, just that my brothers liked tool, and that I had liked what I heard. This is by far the my favorite tool song. A masterpiece!

12 Right in Two Right in Two Cover Art

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!

One of the best anti war songs and overall, one of the best from 10,000 Days.

The guitar party gets stuck in your head in the best way possible.

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

13 Prison Sex Prison Sex Cover Art

Really great song. Unfortunately gets overshadowed by Sober on undertow. Sober is the superior song but this song still deserves recognition

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

Best chorus best guitar riffs

14 Jambi Jambi Cover Art

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!

Seriously... Listen to this song at a high volume. Now do it twice more. Now tell me it isn't their best song... Oh wait, you can't.

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.

15 Rosetta Stoned Rosetta Stoned Cover Art

Careys Doing Swiss Army Triplets in 6/4 and has a 5/4 bass pattern with right foot and quarter Notes on his left that ties at all together.

Come on, it's not a most popular song list, this is easily one of their best, why is it ranked 16.

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

16 The Grudge The Grudge Cover Art

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

My personal number one. Nothing comes close to the build up throughout the song, the hypnotic rhythm and drumming beyond what I expected to ever hear from a drummer!

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.

17 Third Eye Third Eye Cover Art

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

This is easily the best song Tool has ever composed. It's not the easiest Tool song to get into, but once you get familiar with it you just can't stop listening to it. It's quite an unic song withing Tool's catalog, it sounds like nothing else they've made.

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.

18 Ticks & Leeches Ticks & Leeches Cover Art

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!

This really should be higher... It has one of the best drum beats ever! Come on people listen to this song, if you haven't already!

19 Pushit Pushit Cover Art

Let me just start off by saying I love what all you guys have said about this wonderful epic, I completely agree on all points. For me, Tool is the one band that's basically impossible to make a top list about, generally speaking. Cause I literally love ALL their stuff. But having been this severely obsessed with 'em now for a few years (and even though I've almost had every single one of their songs as a favorite at one point or another) I am finally pretty confident that Pushit and Third Eye are at the very top of the list. And so, I can't urge new fans enough to be patient with these songs, it took me a long time before I started to truly appreciate these complicated themes, but once you do, it'll be some of the most beautiful experiences you'll ever have.

Best song of Tool. I can´t understand why in this position. Epic song!

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.

20 H H Cover Art

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 Has one of Tool’s most underrated and catchy choruses

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.

21 Opiate Opiate Cover Art

26? Really?! This is like one of the very best Tool songs EVER MADE! Takes me back to '92 when I was first introduced to Tool. I heard the Opiate album and could not stop listening to it. This is the last song on the album; not counting the "secret" song :) But you listen to the whole awe-inspiring album, and then end it with Opiate... It's just a song you can "feel" and always play on full blast and not get sick of it... Completely amazing.

So many awesome tool songs to choose from. At the moment this is my favorite. Awesome lyrics, I love the meaning of this song. Surprised this isn't higher on the list.

Should be in top 5, if not 1! My dad learned that he could sing from this song! He has a very successful band now. True story. :P

Should be higher. Probably one of the most sustaining tool songs ever.

22 Hooker with a Penis Hooker with a Penis Cover Art

Superb lyrics and a great riff... what more do you need from a Tool song?

This song should be higher up in the list! It's a really great song to just get pumped up to for either gym or any other sport.

I know the name of the song might throw some people off but, you should never judge a song by its title and any tool fans wil know its classic tool.

This should be way higher in the list, it has the qualities in a song that I would like to see in every band with alternative lyrics and great beat, defiantly one of my favorite songs by tool

Great song, but 30th place? I know how hard it is to pick your favorite tool song, but hooker with a penis should not be all the way down here. this song shows that tool can get insulted and make a hit song about it.

23 7empest

My new favourite Tool song! It has everything: a classic Tool lead-in, fantastic guitars from Adam and classic angry Maynard lyrics (A tempest must be just that! ). 7empest is 15 minutes in duration, yet does not feel like it's one second too long.

Adam Jones' defining moment. It takes 25 years of Adams established sound and style then showcases all facets of it in a 15 minute masterpiece. A massive song.

Instant classic first time I heard it, will go down as one of tools best songs once the dust settles, all hail Adam Jones.

The polyrhythms are an absolute eargasm. Definitely one of their best songs.

24 Pneuma

This song has a brilliant chorus. I love this song more than any other on the album.

The album Fear Inoculum as a whole is great and this song is one the best.

My favorite song is Parabol/Parabola but this song along with 7empest should be higher.

Quite the masterpiece I must say

25 Four Degrees Four Degrees Cover Art

It's like concentrated bomb, trying to explode and set it free you know. Is it really so hard to get rid of all the stupid habbits, fears and make radical changes in our lives? -Should try harder perhaps...

Recently heard this for the first time, it needs to be higher than this. The main guitar riff has a kind of sweeping, epic sound. Though I did just read the meaning.

Honestly deserves more. Not sure why I didn't give this a listen when I first got Undertow.

The intro is so sick!

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