Say what you will about Jethro Tull — and the British band has been the target of both acclaim and ridicule over the decades — but the bottom line is no other band sounds anything like them. The title track of Tull's first EP finds Ian Anderson at the peak of his poetic powers, contemplating life's everyday joys and travails before concluding, bitter-sweetly, that "the tune ends too soon for us all. The sinister words and melodies that introduce this early Tull single not only contradicted its seemingly upbeat title but taught fans they would be wise to always expect the unexpected from Anderson and his henchmen. And that they should expect boundless musical imagination, too, since 'Sweet Dream' requires barely four minutes to augment its catchy chorus with a fantastic, recurring classical score and galloping hard rock midsection that strikes out of the blue. One of Anderson's most memorable characters, bar none, this intriguing damsel made the song that bears her name an absolutely necessary inclusion in this list of the Top 10 Jethro Tull Songs. After all, the unmistakable 'Cross-Eyed Mary' wasn't just any other schoolgirl, innocently capturing 'Aqualung's' lecherous gaze in the park, but a precocious prostitute — the "Robin Hood of Highgate" — who much preferred turning tricks instead of cartwheels. Yes, it's creepy, but still a great song. Jethro Tull's highest charting U. Musical escapism defined.
‘Life’s a Long Song’
A Christmas Song (1969)
Their folk-laced sound was distinguished by heavy riffs and one highly unlikely element: lead singer Ian Anderson's flute solos. All of Jethro Tull's biggest songs are included here, from "Aqualung" to "Locomotive Breath," but real fans know there are other awesome deep cuts to vote on besides the radio hits. Music videos and audio videos are included next to each track name, so if you haven't heard a song you can listen to it right here on this list. Is one of your favorite Jethro Tull songs missing from this poll? Add it to the list so it has a chance to rise to the top. If the order of this list bothers you, then kickstart a revolution by creating your own version and re-ranking it. Simply click the "Rerank List" button and you can put the songs in whatever order you like.
‘A Song for Jeffrey’
The first Jethro Tull album was entitled This Was. The This Was album was released in From their debut album in until their final release in , Jethro Tull released twenty one studio albums.
I discovered the greatness of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull the same way I discovered most of the classic rock artists played every day on i95 and that's through my older brother Marty. Marty is as big a Jethro Tull fan as there is. He's probably been to about 20 Tull concerts over the last three decades and a handful or so of Ian Anderson solo shows including those hosted by our friends at The Ridgefield Playhouse.