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

I find it hard not to absolutely love songs like this, being as I'm only 13 and I like bands like this, the Beatles, the Doors, and the Who instead of all the garbage being played today.

Not only the best song by Tull, the best song by anybody. Musical tapestry. This was the soundtrack of my formative years and I still never tire of hearing it

<3 Such a beautiful song! The acoustic guitar at the beginning and end is just so simple yet effective and perfect, and everything in between is amazing as well. I love watching live versions of this song!

When this album came out I listened to the whole thing every day for at least a year, also got to see the 1972 concert. It wasa thrill to see both TAAB and TAAB 2 played live this year! Outstanding musicians!

2 Aqualung

Best Jethro Tull song; "Nothing is Easy" followed very closely by "Cry you a Song". Aqua Lung, while competent, was a let down based on their previous standard - Stand Up is a vastly superior album!

I will never get tired of hearing this song...years after its release, they toured, did this album in its entirety, and gave away free CDs of it after the show.

Brilliant! So many variations in one song!

I think of it was the better rock band.

3 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!

The guitar resembles a train, fitting thematically into the song, and the flute solo is amazing!

4 Heavy Horses

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.

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

One of the best Tull songs written.

Don't know writer of music singer is good musicians beings awesome

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

Should be much higher on the list.

Love this classic

Should be in top 10

6 Cross-Eyed Mary

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.

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

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

Oh my gawd, I pretty much just started listening to this amazing band and THIS could very well be the best song I ever heard, ever. Of course I realize they got a lot of songs with greater versatility/complexity/creativity, but honestly, this one is just too damn catchy and charming to not take the first place. (by the way this coming from someone who usually listen to Death Metal)

7 A Song For Jeffrey
8 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.

I love earlier Jethro Tull, like Stand Up and Benefit, that still affect me the most.

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

9 Bungle in the Jungle

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.

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

10 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.

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

The Contenders
11 My God

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

This Might only be in 23rd place, but this is the best Jethro Tull song, because of that awesome flute part with the singing.

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.

12 Teacher

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.

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

Most true song to the "Tull" technique..

13 Hymn 43
14 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.

15 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!

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

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

This song is, Amazing!

18 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.

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

19 Moths

Melodic, romantic, utterly beautiful and one of the best crescendo I've ever heard in any rock song and I'm a Genesis fan so it's saying a lot.

20 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.

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

In concert, this song lasts about 15 minutes, and you wish it would last 30.

21 The Whistler

It's insane that it's not among the first ten songs.

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

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

22 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

23 Baker St. Muse

It's pretty much the best thing they ever did after TAAB. I have to admit it is not as good as Brick but good enough with its long length and great collection of melodies (melodies are sometimes a struggle for Tull) to be my second favorite song by them. The vocals are especially great by Ian

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!

Only this low down because most Tull "fans" haven't heard it.

24 Cold Wind to Valhalla
25 Fat Man
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