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Jethro Tull

Top 5 Albums from Last.FM

  • Aqualung

  • Original Masters

  • The Very Best Of

  • Living In The Past

  • Stand Up

For years there has been a lack of Progressive Rock acts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The bulk of that genre originated in the United Kingdom and it is there where we make our next selection, Jethro Tull. However, like many other British Progressive Rock bands they are on the outside looking in.

Incorporating elements of Blues, Folk and Rock (not to mention a flute solo here and there), Jethro Tull had a great run in the early part of the 70’s. Their work in that time frame (Aqualung, Thick as a Brick) was critically revered and commercially successful. This combined with a stellar live act has generated a very loyal following that still exists to this day. Although they forayed into Electronic and harder Rock elements, which produced weaker efforts in the 80’s, their early work was solid and difficult to ignore. Should Progressive Rock get another look from the Hall, Jethro Tull is a viable contender to get in.

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #12
    2011: #10
    2012: #9
    2013: #7
    2014: #5
    2015: #4
    2016: #3
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 1993
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Blackpool, England)
  • Why they will get in: They have a solid fan base and they were certainly unique.
  • Why they won't get in: Progressive Rock remains ignored by the Hall.
  • Nominated in: Never
  • Essential Albums: Aqualung (1971)
    Thick as a Brick (1972)
    War Child (1974)
    Songs from the Wood (1977)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Aqualung (From Aqualung, 1971)
    Locomotive Breath (From Aqualung, 1971)
    Hymn 43 (From Aqualung, 1971)
    Teacher (From Living in the Past, 1972)
    Bungle in the Jungle (From War Child, 1974)

Should Jethro Tull be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 92.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.5%
No opinion. - 0.5%
No way! - 3.3%


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Jethro Tull
Last modified on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:58


-1 #23 Jeffrey Strong 2017-04-29 06:01
JT should be in hof 4 reasons Stand Up Benefit Aqualung Thick As A Brick Other than Zepplin who else did this
+3 #22 Dan Fleming 2017-02-23 22:20
Those of us who were around then, barely teen agers the messages and the music great music and thoughts of ironic life for the masses to consider and take along to make along. THANX IAN your message was understood like Bruce from my home in Jersey. We see first hand the lengths the great rock and roll hall of fame have taken to appreciate great rock. May i soon with many others stand in Cleveland and applaud your belated initiation.
+3 #21 jb 2016-12-23 05:27
Everyone ignores some of
Tull's best albums, Jethro Tull, Stand Up and Benefit, before Aqualung.

Am I the only person that remembers Led Zeppelin as Jethro Tull's opening act at tue Forum around 69 or 70?
+11 #20 TheBob_1 2016-06-22 18:56
Quoting Jim O:
I agree with most of the above comments that it is a travesity that Tull has not been nominated, much less inducted into the "Hall". If you had a chance to see the band in its prime during the 70's, you would agree they had possibly the most exciting and dramatic live shows to be seen, and in the Los Angeles area regularly sold out multiple nights at large venues like the Great Western Forum. Shame on the "Hall" and their neglect of this great band.

...and multiple nights at NYC's Madison Square Garden. I saw them with 10,000 or more others for three separate and equally excellent shows in in Greensboro, NC. How can someone this creative, prolific, energetic, longstanding, and still contributing the the world of rock (writing, performing, "putting it all out there") after damn nearly half a century not be inducted ages ago, let alone now? Mr. Anderson, as a songwriter, instrumentalist , vocalist, and composer more than deserves this honor asap.
+3 #19 Michael Tabor 2015-12-24 08:17
I agree Tull Should be in the Hall very Unique band. But Before Yes or Even Moody Blues? All Prog Rock Bands, All Should get in someday just matter of order and how Long!
+11 #18 Rainman1972 2015-12-08 18:03
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame really has no credibility. Tull should have been in years ago. With all their success and no band has had their sound before or since. The Rock HOF is just another political faction.
+6 #17 Woodstock 2015-07-13 13:19
RnR hall of shame is a total joke. No Tull or Little Feat? No Winter brothers etc etc. Unfucking believable!
+4 #16 Ojib 2015-06-18 03:25
Shame on you R&R Hall Of fame. Jethro Tull started as a Blues band then to Rock and it evolved through out the years to an amazing and incredible sound that most of the musicians that are in the Hall of fame could never do and will never do. A real Rock And Roll hall Of shame....
+7 #15 DMCesq 2014-12-17 12:37
Tull's exclusion speaks to the prejudices of the small-minded people who make the selections.

BTW, you list among prominent songs "Teacher" and indicate that it appears on the Living in the Past album. While it does, in fact appear on LitP, it was originally on Benefit. LitP is an album mostly of previously released pieces which do NOT appear on an album (some were on British EPs, some were just singles" as well as 1 song from each of the band's 4 pre-Thick as a Brick releases. Teacher was the song from Benefit.
+7 #14 OldManintheWoods 2014-12-12 23:59
Hmmmm... we'll put Dr. John in the hall of fame, but not Tull? Madonna? Did Michael Jackson even make anything rock-oriented? What a sham the rock hall of fame has turned out to be. And don't even get me started on Deep Purple and Iron Maiden. What a crock of crap....

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