Top Ten Songs from The Who

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.

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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

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

How the zombie jesus is this not first? This song brings the passion out of the true who

Has anyone EVER played faster in a song! Incomparable! Can't be beaten!

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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.

We don't get fooled again!
Have you not heard the scream!
No one can do that!
Obviously The Who's best song!

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

In my opinion, the best of all time. - MontyPython

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3My Generation

Awesome song with a sweet bass part

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

The epitome of The Who generation. This song changed Rock 'n' Roll history forever.

And his stutter-so awesome

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4Behind Blue Eyes

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

Even one of the worst band like limp bizkit has a good song that too is cover of Behind blue eyes. This shows the nature of this song

Its one of my favorite songs to play for the miracle of the meadow lands I would rank it 5th in my top ten songs list right now

Top song on possibly the overall greatest album of all time

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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

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

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.

First song I learned from the who

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6Pinball Wizard

cool song with awesome guitar and lyrics

Knock Knock
Whos there?
The Who!

This is a good song

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.

Not a fan but favorite tommy song

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7Love 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.

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.

Roger Daltrey could be guilty of going overboard with his vocals, but "Love, Reign O'er Me" is a perfect example of the man knowing how to rock the emotions without getting excessive. Townshend's writing is perceptive and involving, and the band sounds great, but it's Daltrey who gives the song its heft, power and impact. A truly sterling piece of rock singing that demonstrates why Daltrey, at his peak, couldn't be beat.

I thought a lot about this, since I also think that Pinball Wizard and Go To The Mirror are amazing songs but Love Reign O'er Me is a completely different thing. Easily one of the best songs of all time and the greatest rock vocal performance of all time.

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8The 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.

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.

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

The call me the seeker!

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9I Can't Explain

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

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!

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

I've always had a soft spot for this song. Keith's drumming is fun here. - IronSabbathPriest

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10I 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!

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

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.

This song deserves way better position in this list.

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In my top five songs ever, up there with stairway to heaven and child in time

To raise this higher on the list I'm gonna drown an unsung man

I'd Call that a Bargain, The best I've ever had

The best I ever haad

Yes, this awesome anthem is always overlooked! Should always be a top #10 song for the Who. Best lyrics and top riff---come on, this should always be a top Who song. Forget that---it should always be a top ROCK song! Thanks Pete!

I know I'm worth nothing without you. - thenarrok

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12Eminence Front

A hidden gem, the only who song better than baba O'reilly

This is MY favorite, a blast from my past! This show their skills as a band, the solos and variety of the instrumentals unsurpassed!

I don't know why this song is so low on the list, I think the music is great and the lyrics give meaning to what our society is becoming and how the who were against the "Eminence Front"

An underrated classic Who song! And one of there more funky tunes

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13Magic Bus

I really love the live in leeds version

Such an amazing song, I love it so much


reminds us of the old times were we don't need to have good faces to be famous

I love this song makes me dance every time I hear it!

Should be mid top 10's easy

Should be in the top ten - mneilan

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15The Kids Are Alright

This song is a simple, humble example of classic Who. An overlooked release by most, it is a beautiful ode to the pure everyday issues of life, and really personifies the calmer side to the Who.

I Used To Hate This Song, Its Awesome Now

16You Better You Bet

Great Song! I could listen to this all day and never get sick of it! I first heard it in the first episode of season 2 of The Newsroom and it fit in perfectly! I'd say this is easily my favorite song from The Who.

Love Love This Song Please Vote This Song Higher Up This List PLease Great Guitar Bass Drumming And Singing - mneilan

Great tune lovely beat vote this up

One of their later hits from the 1980's.

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17The Real Me

This is the best song because the bass is fantastic and the song is the first of quadrophenia after I am the sea and it opens the film
John entwistle is fantastic also keith moon is good and I love the energy that the song can to give

This song does not have one bass solo, it is an ode to the greatness of the greatest bassist ever, John Entwistle. It is really amazing.
This is not my favorite, but it should move up on this list.

Bass bass and only bass

John really shows his talent here - gemcloben

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18A Quick One, While He's Away

The 9-minute "A Quick One, While He's Away" is actually a mini-opera, and paved the way for The Who's 1969 rock opera Tommy. As a medley of six songs, it tells the simple story of a girl who takes a new lover while her old one is away. The piece is generally regarded as the first integrated song cycle in rock. Aside from its place in rock history, it also contains some of Townshend's most engaging writing.

I wouldn't say this song is better than all of Tommy, but it was the beginning of their Rock Opera idea. Should be in the top ten... Anyone who has seen Wes Andersons RUSHMORE should love this song.

This Is Better Than The Whole Tommy Album Put Together

Great song first heard on monterey pop

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19See Me, Feel Me

Damn! I guess this song deserve #6 on top ten list
But those crap are higher, I 'm sorry all the who songs are great but I mean there are a few the who songs who deserve lower than this song and higher than this song, so I think I must vote this song
I love the live version on woodstock, moon always play this song awesome and fast

The Who have so many great songs, but surely this should be higher then 27? Check out some of the live performances like Woodstock for example.

Fantastic song! Has an amazing amount of emotion!

A powerful, beautiful piece of art.

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20I'm Free

I am free rocks so much so so so so so so so so so much it has to be in the top 10 I love this classic rock song really much

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Top Remixes (46)

1. Love Reign O'er Me
2. Eminence Front
3. Baba O'Riley
1. Pinball Wizard
2. Bargain
3. The Seeker
1. See Me, Feel Me
2. Pinball Wizard
3. Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand

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