THE WHO: TOP TEN

After first becoming a player in the music scene in the 1960s, The Who went on to become one of if not the greatest live rock and roll bands of all time. Their memorable live performances coupled with their popularization of such rock staples as the power chord, rock opera and guitar smash have earned The Who the distinction of being one of the greatest rock acts of all time. This list is a collection of their greatest songs to date.

MThe Top Ten

1Baba O’Riley

Great song always puts me in a good mood
Great guitar with pete doing his windmill
Love the vocals on this song as well+89

Baba O’Riley: One of the greatest rock songs ever made!
Who’s Next: One of the greatest rock albums ever made!new

Teenage wasteland its only teenage wasteland… amazing
Vocals are great and the music is really catchy… definitely number 1+53

Amazing lyrics, and music just puts you in a good moodnew

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2Won’t Get Fooled Again

Keith Moon does an incredible job on the drum solo. It deserves the number 1 spot.+57

Really showcases the talent each individual member brought to the band. May be 8 minutes but goes by in a flash! A true masterpiece.new

Possible the greatest rock anthem ever+2

Simply a great song. All of them go wild on this one, especially Keith Moon on drums.+33

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3Behind Blue Eyes

A song that is more than the sum of its parts – extraordinarily desperate and yearning,new

Great lyrics, great vocals, great guitar, great drums, great song! The who really put it all together in this song+36

Beautiful song, I fisrt heard this song in the documentary “The Greatest Story NEVER Told” by Dennis Wise. It really is a masterpiece of a song. Underrated in my opinion!+1

No one knows what it’s like to be the Batman.+1

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4My Generation

Awesome song with a sweet bass part+35

I think “My Generation” is like the birth of punk rock. Crashing drums from my cutie Keith Moon, awesome bass by John Entwistle, awesome vocals from Roger and twangy guitar by Pete. It has punk-ish lyrics about the weirdness of society, not unlike “American Idiot” by Green Day. – galaxyfox+3

Awesome song, the original is better than any other cover… For me it is their best and is worthy of the best song ever… The Who – My generation truly is the epitome of Rock n’Roll+27

The Who’s generation! – Userguy44+4

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5Who are You

I think this song reveals the band’s best guitar-work in all of their amazing catalogue… The vocals are pretty nice too… Great song – fidelcanojr+20

Definitely deserves to be #2 behind Teenage Wasteland. This song makes me want to live life. Between the groove and the amazing piano and guitar fusion, this song is just plain amazing. One of the best Classic Rock songs ever+13

He is a clone that is the most feared bounty hunter (but not the best) and he has killed his own brothers before 

Who are you? Who who, who who? Seriously, who are you people not voting this song? It’s absolutely amazing guitar work and shows off Roger’s voice very nicely. For me, it’s a toss up between this and Baba for the number 1 spot, but seeing as this is so far down, I give it my vote.+10

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6Love, Reign O’er Me

Daltrey never sang better. Never even came close, really. His vocals, the hypnotic synths and 6/8 time really make Love Reign O’er Me stand out, even when compared to the other stellar tracks on Quadrophenia.+32

This is by far my favorite Who song. From the intro to Daltrey’s scream at the end, it is perfection.+2

Quite possibly the greatest song of all time. I don’t think any more needs to be said.

But since it won’t let me post that, I will say that both the vocals and the lyrics work to make this one one of the most powerful and heart-wrenching songs I’ve ever heard, full of genuine emotion.+17

By far my favourite!+3

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7Pinball Wizard

I’m watching the who: sensation the story of tommy and townsend is talking about spirituality and feeling. And good production. This and the seeker are my best song. “don’t worry be happy, do your best leave the results to god.”

‘You impede your own spiritual progress by doing things which which are against the grain physically by self indulgence, by indulging in lust by indulging in greed – stop pretending and just get serious about life…let your intuition guide me.’

‘I was inspired to write tommy as a spiritual story…+2

cool song with awesome guitar and lyrics+22

The most popular song from The Who’s timeless Tommy, this was actually a late addition to the rock opera. Townshend was advised that the first version of Tommy was too relentless and needed something to lighten it up – and thus this classic song was born. A piece from classical composer Henry Purcell influenced Townshend for the song’s constant sense of motion, and helped bring us this enduring classic. 

Very spiritual 

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8I Can See for Miles

This song is very epic on drums and vocals. This should be at least be above the top five and to be honest, to be number one of the who band. YEAH!+31

The Best!+2

Horribly, horribly HORRIBLY underrated. How can this song not be AT LEAST in the top 5? Come on, let’s vote this song higher!+24

The Who’s only Top 10 single in the United States; “I Can See For Miles” brilliantly demonstrates the band performing at their unified best. Keith Moon’s fierce, intolerant drumming, Roger Daltrey’s menacing vocals, Pete Townshend’s ominous guitar and John Entwistle’s counterpoint bass come together with Townshend’s amazing writing to create this masterpiece. True, it’s a familiar story of love betrayed – but it’s given fresh, almost psychedelic life in this rendition.+5

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9The Seeker

“The Seeker” is easily one of my favourite Who songs. It starts with an ultra-catchy guitar riff that runs through-out the song, with Entwistle following every note to really add a punch sound to the already aggressive guitar sound. Listening to “The Seeker” makes my chest pound. But it’s not just the music. The lyrics are also very engaging. They might not be Shakespeare, but still, they do a very good job of capturing what to me seems is Townshend’s, and every person’s for that matter, struggle to define themselves, to be able to say “that’s who I am with certainty. It’s a song about seeking answers to existential questions that cannot be answered in a lifetime. You can “search low”, on the earth, or “high, ” in heaven, but still, we can only hope to get those answers when we die.+9

“They call me The Seeker; I bin searching low and hi-GHYYY! ” Sorry, I realise now that my singing was totally unnecessary, not to mention really bad. I’ll… just go shall I? *Backs slowly out of the room wearing an embarrassed grin.* – Britgirl+6

I love the bass in this song! John Entwistle plays better than God! If he was still alive, I’d sure record an album with him.+18

I think is the seeker is the coolest song of The Who+18

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10I Can’t Explain

This song is awesome, but you should give a listen to the live at the Isle of Wight version! It’s electrifying!+2

Heard it the first time on some greatest hits CD in 2004. It was like hearing God! Just awesome! – PeterLuke+11

Quite possibly the most underrated song of all time. This song is RAW energy. Remember back to your first love. Damn right, you can’t explain!+6

Heard this for the first time in 20 years. Absolutely brilliant. Incredible, magical and ohh so controlled.

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