For a complete artist profile on Jefferson Airplane, please check out our Jefferson Airplane Artist Profile article. Our Top 10 Jefferson Airplane songs article is simply a subjective list of what we believe are some of the best and most important recordings the band released during the years when they defined the spirit of the 1960’s in all its rebellious glory.
# 10 – Today
We felt the perfect track to open our Top 10 Jefferson Airplane Songs list was the memorable Jefferson Airplane song “Today.” The legendary track was sung by Marty Balin. While Grace Slick may have hypnotized a generation, it was Marty Balin’s vocals that fueled this group from the start.
# 9 – Blues From An Airplane
The great moody Jefferson Airplane song “Blues From An Airplane,” was released on the band’s debut album entitled Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. The album was released in 1966. Marty Balin sings lead vocals on this great track.
# 8 – Lather
Grace Slick’s first appearance on our top 10 Jefferson Airplane Songs list comes via the opening track from their psychedelic masterpiece Crown Of Creation. The album’s opening track “Lather,” featured the brilliant vocals of the legendary Grace Slick.
# 7 – Trial By Fire
This great Jorma Kaukonen penned song “Trial By Fire,” was released on the Long John Silver album. The Long John Silver album was released in 1971. It was Jefferson Airplane’s last studio album. Listen to how different the band sounds on this song compared to the song “Today.”
# 6 – The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil
Listening to the harmony on this incredible song simply defines one of the reasons why Jefferson Airplane sounded like no other band in classic rock history. They had very unique vocal sound in the way their voices blended in harmony. There was this protest quality in their vocals that fueled their music, lyrics and their spirit. It was why so many people fell in love with this great band.
# 5 – Embryonic Journey
The video below says it all! This great piece of music was released on the album Surrealistic Pillow. The instrumental was written by Jorma Kaukonen. The song has appeared on the soundtracks of many films and documentaries centered on the 1960s.
# 4 – Comin’ Back To Me
A beautifully haunting song that showcases how this band was writing somewhere beyond this world. To those who were there, that statement makes perfect sense. The song was released on the grand Surrealistic Pillow album.
# 3 – Somebody To Love
One cant compose a top 10 Jefferson Airplane songs list without including their biggest hit “Somebody To Love.” The song was released on the band’s sophomore album entitled Surrealistic Pillow. The band’s second album was released in 1967. The song “Somebody To Love,” was a huge hit for the band as it peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard music charts. The song hit number one in Canada. “Somebody to Love,” was the ultimate escape song from a society turned upside down because of totally inept and ignorant leadership. Somehow it seems just as relevant today in 2018 as it did in 1967.
# 2 – White Rabbit
“White Rabbit,” is probably the most used rock and roll song in movies about the 1960s than any other track released during that time period. “White Rabbit,” just bleeds 1960’s culture more than any other song released during that tumultuous decade of anti-war protest, drug culture, civil rights movements and a government and country turned upside down.
# 1 – Hey Frederick
“Hey Frederick,” may not be the band’s most popular song, but in our opinion, it was their best. “Hey Fredrick,” was the closing track on the Volunteers album. The song showcased the brilliance of Jefferson Airplane like no other song in their catalog. From Grace Slick’s memorable vocal performance to the rest of the band’s blues-infused rock and roll psychedelic ramblings, this was an epic masterpiece that defined their place in 1960’s classic rock history.