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. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Baba 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
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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.
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3Behind Blue Eyes
Great lyrics, great vocals, great guitar, great drums, great song! The who really put it all together in 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
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
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4My Generation
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
awesome song with a sweet bass part
The epitome of The Who generation. This song changed Rock 'n' Roll history forever.
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5Pinball Wizard
cool song with awesome guitar and lyrics
Knock Knock
Whos there?
The
The Who!

This is a good song
THIS SONG SHOULD BE FIRST! I've lived on it since I was 10! If you don't like this song, your a 'deaf, dumb, and bind bay who doesn't know how to play pinball!
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6Who 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

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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.
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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.
Simply greatest rock vocal performance ever. Very easy.
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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
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9Bargain
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
In my top five songs ever, up there with stairway to heaven and child in time
A beautiful love song that does not tread into sappiness!
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10I Can't Explain
Heard it the first time on some greatest hits CD in 2004. It was like hearing God! Just awesome!

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The Contenders

11Magic Bus
I really love the live in leeds version
Such an amazing song, I love it so much
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12Substitute
reminds us of the old times were we don't need to have good faces to be famous
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13You 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
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14I 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 BEST Who song no contest. There is absolutely no reason it should be as low as 18 for god's sake.
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15Eminence Front
This is MY favorite, a blast from my past! This show their skills as a band, the solos and variety of the instrumentals unsurpassed!
A hidden gem, the only who song better than baba O'reilly
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"
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16The 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
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17See 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!
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18How Many Friends Listen to sample

19I'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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20Squeeze Box
I love yo play this song at bars everyone seems to like it
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21A Quick One, While He's Away
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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22Sally Simpson Listen to sample

23The Song Is Over Listen to sample

24Go to the Mirror Listen to sample

255:15
I've heard anything much better in the rock world...

Absolutely beautiful, the piano, the brass, the guitar fills, the backing vocals, the melody... I could go on for 5 minutes 15... But its just simply incredible, highly underrated
How is this so far down? It has everything - an immensely addicting piano backing, a thunderous drum track, a brilliant bassline and a horn - what more do you need?
A song with sublime energy and a great feel to it. Deserves to be in the top ten.
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26The 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
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27Join Together Listen to sample

28Happy Jack
Never fails to make me happy. Love the drums in this one, especially Townshend saying: "I saw you! " at the tail-end of the song. It basically says how happy they are as a band :D
I remember riding in my Dad's car when I first heard this song. It makes me want to skip around to this day!
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29Overture
Probably one of the best instrumental songs that ever have written
Its sad that my favorite who song didn't even make the list.
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30Sparks Listen to sample

31Zoot Suit

32Christmas Listen to sample

33Amazing Journey Listen to sample

34Heaven and Hell Listen to sample

35A Legal Matter Listen to sample

36It's Not Enough
One of the best voices!
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37Run Run Run

38Real Good Looking Boy

Easily their most underrated song. Evokes feeling and has an excellent melody to back it up.

Wonderful ballad. Absolutely fabulous lyrics. Easily The Who's most underrated song.

CanĀ't believe this song is in this place, itĀ's perfect for me, it has so much armony, a sample of an elvis song and much variations of sounds.

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39Pictures of Lily
Love This Song This One Got Really High In The Charts

mneilan

Brilliant lyrics, amazing music.
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40Boris the Spider

It's really funny, my favorite song by them. I'd like to see you get it out of your head. I'm also in love with the fact that John Entwisle wrote it with Bill Wyman

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41Sea and Sand
This song has it all: crazy great drumming by Keith Moon, beautiful guitarplay by Pete Townshend, great vocals by both Daltrey and Townshend and Entwistle is great on the bass. The song has both very cool rock sections and slower beautiful sections. The pace of the song is changing multible times during the song, and in a way like I have never heard it before. Simply breathtaking! This song is very underrated, because it is the one of the best songs the Who has ever made in my opinion...
Number 44? What?! I have listened to a lot of the Who, and this is my favorite song of all! It should at least be in the top 10...
Totally agree! This is absolutely one of the greatest songs by the Who if not the very best!
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42Long Live Rock Listen to sample

43Quadrophenia Listen to sample

44Getting In Tune Listen to sample

45Sunrise Listen to sample

46However Much I Booze Listen to sample

47Relay Listen to sample

48Doctor Jimmy
NUMBER 60? REALLY? THIS SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 20.
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49I Don't Even Know Myself Listen to sample

50Young Man Blues

The Live at Leeds/Wight version is a rock'n'roll Rollercoaster. Roger's screams, Pete's Thunder, Entwistle God-like as always, Moon at his very best... What else can you ask for?

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51Bell Boy Listen to sample

52Don't Let Go the Coat
Nice guitar melody and amating harmony vocally
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53Going Mobile Listen to sample

54Athena Listen to sample

55Love Ain't for Keepin' Listen to sample

56Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere Listen to sample

57Naked Eye
Love the live version
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58I'm a Boy Listen to sample

59Dreaming From the Waist

How can this song not be on this list. A rock solid performance from all of the band members and some of the best lyrics Pete has written. Their most underrated song.

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60Out In the Street Listen to sample

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62The Dirty Jobs Listen to sample

63Rael
Completely shocked this beauty didn't make it into the list. It seems to me that this list is devised into the ten most famous 'The Who' songs rather than the songs which are the gems not as well recongnised but more so in a lot of ways matches up to the same standards and sometimes surpasses that of the top ten I see in this list.
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64We're Not Gonna Take It Listen to sample

65Tea & Theatre
Love this song very much should be higher in the list
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66Pure and Easy Listen to sample

67Water Listen to sample

68Music Must Change Listen to sample

69Slip Kid
Really? Not even a mention?
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70Welcome Listen to sample

71Teenage Wasteland
Everyone can relate to this song

72So Sad About Us Listen to sample

73Trick of the Light Listen to sample

74Gettin' In Tune Listen to sample

75Too Much of Anything Listen to sample

76My Wife

This is without a doubt the greatest song John Entwistle ever wrote. I love the melody, and its definitely Entwistles highlight on Who's Next!

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77Why Did I Fall for That Listen to sample

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This list was created 8 years, 47 days ago and has been voted on over 2,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 19 times.

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