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.

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

best

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2 Won't Get Fooled Again

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

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

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

They have so many great songs, but this is a masterpiece. Possibly the best rock song by anyone.

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3 My 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.

Brilliant song, brilliantly performed for Live at Leeds

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4 Behind 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

My favorite song, next is Baba o'reily

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5 Pinball Wizard

cool song with awesome guitar and lyrics

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.

My favorite song of all-time. I smashed toy guitars as a kid, listening to this song and pretending I was Pete. There needs to be a top 50 for the who because I love pretty much everything they wrote, even going back to the High Numbers. Wish I had been alive to see the original four play together. - turnpikefan2017

Number seven is good but really this song should be top five. Best Who song ever that is not off of Who's Next.

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6 Who 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.

Who are You is too great to be ignored. This song strikes such an awesome vibe. Lyrics and guitar-work are awesome. Undoubtedly their best in my opinion

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7 Love, 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.

This is by far my favorite song by The Who. One of my favorite Songs by a rock band of all time, there is an emotional quality to this song that gets me every time. I agree with the commenter that this may be the greatest song of all time.

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8 I 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.

Who's best guitar riff!

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9 The 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 only reason people even know of this song was because it was on Guitar Hero, and it still wasn't great.

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10 I 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.

You had to be very cool and hip to appreciate this song at the highest level. Great psychedelic and psychogenic song!

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The Contenders

11 Eminence 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"

I'm just voting for this because it's way underrated on this list it's not my number one but definitely top 5

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12 Bargain

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!

All Who members were so important on every song on the album “Who’s Next” but Keith Moon plays the drums frenetically throughout and so he gets the Who MVP for the song “Bargain”. Once again, there are many great live recordings of this song but the definitive version is on the album “Who’s Next”. - Garjen

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13 Magic Bus

I really love the live in leeds version

Such an amazing song, I love it so much

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14 The 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

This song really sounds like "All My Loving" by The Beatles.

There are two versions of this song " make sure you get the one with the extended drum build-up towards the end. Once again, Keith Moon’s drums add power to the pop and so he gets the Who MVP for the song “The Kids are Alright” and the definitive version is on the extended re-mastered re-released album “My Generation”. - Garjen

15 Substitute

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

The Who were so unique even when they were making pop singles in 60’s. The lyrics weren't your traditional love song by any means and they would have bass guitar solos in the middle. John Entwistle is the Who MVP for the song “Substitute” and the definitive version is on the album “Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy”. - Garjen

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16 A 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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17 The 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

This song captures the listener’s attention at the beginning of the album “Quadrophenia”. There is a fairly unusual bridge in the song where there are only bass guitar, drums and the lead vocal. All members of The Who are extremely important in the album but the Who MVP goes to John Entwistle on bass for the song “The Real Me” and the definitive version is on the album “Quadrophenia”. - Garjen

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18 You 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

Much cooler than pinball wizard

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19 5:15

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.

Hear the live version with the bass solo! Its amazing! - gemcloben

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20 Squeeze Box

I love yo play this song at bars everyone seems to like it

I think this just makes the who amazing - gemcloben

Pete Townshend wrote this song on a whim after teaching himself how to play an accordion. You can hear the original recording on Townshend’s solo album “Scoop” which really gives a little insight into his songwriting process. But I think it was Roger Daltrey’s vocals that made the song “Squeezebox” become a radio hit for many years to come. So, Roger Daltrey gets the Who MVP for this song and the definitive version can be found on the album “Who By Numbers”. - Garjen

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