Top Ten The Who Songs

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

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

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

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

2 Won't Get Fooled Again

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

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

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!

3 Behind Blue Eyes

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

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

4 My Generation

Easily best who song

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.

5 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

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.

6 Love, Reign O'er Me

Great song

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.

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

7 Pinball 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...

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.

Very spiritual

8 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!

The Best!

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.

9 I 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!

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.

10 Eminence Front

The best of all

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!

This one is so good!


The Contenders

11 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

"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

12 Substitute

How is it possible this is not in the Top 10?

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

13 Bargain

Definitely a top 5

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!

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 Magic Bus

The studio is killer but the Live at Leeds one tops it if you ask me. - Metarock

The Live at Leeds version destroys the studio version! But both are amazing.

Lol what loser put this on here!

Because he likes to strangle his son, what about strangling Sarah for being a ratbag infront of her big brother and his compadres.

16 You Better You Bet

The lyrics to this song are absolutely insane! Just saw the Who at Fenway Park and when they did You Better You Bet, I couldn't believe how many people were singing to it!..Incredibly catchy synth open!

Makes me want to dance, great song!

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

17 The Real Me

Unbelievably great track

Love this song, WASP does a great cover of it.

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.

18 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.

Best live song on recent tours. Fantastic rock song that belongs in the top ten for sure.

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19 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.

It good

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.

Funny how this song made like 20 or 30 something on the greatest songs of all time list, ahead of all other songs by the who. Defiantly a great song. This was the song that got me into the who. when I was a kid I listened to the live at Leeds version with my dad

20 Boris the Spider

First death growls in this song. By John Entwistle. - Userguy44

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

Sweet bass line to play - willminns

Definitive album " Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy
Who MVP " John Entwistle - Garjen

21 Pictures of Lily

Any song about masturbation deserves a vote

"Pictures of Lily helped me sleep at night" - dek

Love This Song This One Got Really High In The Charts - mneilan

Brilliant lyrics, amazing music.

Should be way higher up! Such a great song.

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22 Join Together

So straightforward and simple. It's a great poster song for The Who

I love the guitar layering!

This should be way higher. At least in the top 15.

23 Cousin Kevin
24 See Me, Feel Me

I remember back in 1969 when Tommy first came out rock music was being criticized by many for being too simplistic. My older sister, who is a classical piano player, said at the time that anyone who doesn't think rock songwriters have any talent should hear the Overture from Tommy (which, of course, is basically what the last part of See Me Feel Me is).

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.

This song is one of my favorites, the tune is simple and the lyrical content is strong.

25 I'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

I love this song, especially the guitar riff in the beginning

This is one of the climatic moments in the album “Tommy” in which Roger Daltrey portrayed the deaf, dumb and blind boy freeing himself from his self-imposed prison. The public really identified with “Tommy” - hence its popularity. Roger Daltrey is the Who MVP for the song “I’m Free” and the definitive version is on the album “Tommy”. - Garjen

26 Tattoo

Definitive album " Live at Leeds
Who MVP " Pete Townshend - Garjen

27 Bell Boy

My favourite song of the band, or the one my I-Pod tells me I listen to the most. - irismatidia

I think this is a great song from start to finish. Even Moons short vocal parts are good.

The album “Quadrophenia” was the story of Jimmy who had 4 personalities, each represented by a different member of The Who. The song “Bell Boy” was Keith Moon’s theme song, so we get to hear the comical Keith singing the part of the bell boy with a very cockney accent. So, Keith Moon is the Who MVP for the song “Bell Boy” and the definitive version of this song can be found on the album “Quadrophenia”. - Garjen

28 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

29 Go to the Mirror!

I'm pleasantly surprised to see this so high

This is the best

I love this song

The album “Tommy” turned The Who into a Supergroup but it really made Roger Daltrey into the quintessential front man. It also led Roger to an acting career because it became apparent that he could identify with the lead character and perform with such passion. So the Who MVP goes to Roger Daltrey for the song “Go To The Mirror! ” and the definitive version is on the album “Tommy”. - Garjen

30 Sea and Sand

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...

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...

Totally agree! This is absolutely one of the greatest songs by the Who if not the very best!

Most underrated song ever! It is definitely my favorite song from The Who!

31 Happy 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!

Always make me happy

The Live At Leeds version is the best

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32 Christmas

Better than Pinball Wizard by a million times

Maybe the most underrated song I've ever heard in my entire life. - Donut

How is this not in the top ten, not only my favorite who song, my favorite song in general.

Tommy, can you hear me? - BrianScott01

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33 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
34 Please, Please, Please

Definitive album " My Generation
Who MVP " John Entwistle - Garjen

35 Overture

Probably one of the best instrumental songs that ever have written

Its sad that my favorite who song didn't even make the list.

This song should be in top 15 (at the very least).

I love the trumpet in this song

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36 Don't Look Away

Definitive album " A Quick One
Who MVP " Pete Townshend - Garjen

37 Doctor Jimmy

Epic song. Should be much higher on the list. The strength of the emotions present, as well as the terrific lyrics make this a classic, that seems to me quite unappreciated.


Great song! This makes my top 5 list for the Who.

Much better than Baba O' Reily

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38 1921

Awesome song

Pete Townshend’s masterpiece album “Tommy” propelled The Who into super-stardom and led them on a worldwide tour performing their rock opera at opera houses and at some of the most historic performances in rock history. This song lays out the narrative of the story. The definitive version of this song is on “Tommy” although the live versions are all wonderful. And Townshend is the Who MVP for this song with his sweet vocals and great guitar work. - Garjen

39 Amazing Journey

This song should be higher! Don't know why it's not Amazing Journey/Sparks because they're basically one song. Tommy and Quadrophenia are best listened to as a WHOLE ALBUM in one sitting, so I guess that's why there's not much in top ten from those two albums. - turnpikefan2017

40 The Punk and the Godfather

The fact that I had to add this easily top 5 worthy song myself really disappoints me.

69, 69! You l've got to be kidding me, this is easily in my top 5 songs

Very underrated track on q

The Who influenced many bands that came after including the punk era which would begin a few years after the release of the album “Quadrophenia”. The album also spurred resurgence in the “mod rock” scene in England as well since the album’s plot revolved around the story of mod and rocker gangs fighting in the 60’s. The Who MVP for the song “The Punk Meets the Godfather” is John Entwistle and the definitive version is on the album “Quadrophenia”. - Garjen

41 I'm a Boy

great song

This is anther great power pop song on the great compilation album of 60’s hit singles “Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy”. If you are looking for a harder rock version of this song, then check out the live version on “Live at Leeds”. Both versions will have Keith Moon’s impeccable drumming who gets the Who MVP for the song “I’m a Boy”, and once again I would say the definitive version is on the album “Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy”. - Garjen

42 Heaven and Hell

There is only the live version. The Who never recorded it in a studio.

43 Trick of the Light

John Entwistle always came up with unique song ideas like in this song about a prostitute but it’s more from the perspective of her client. John Entwistle might be the only bass player that would come up with bass riffs to kick off the song. John Entwistle is the Who MVP for the song “Trick of the Light” and the definitive version can be found on the album “Who Are You”. - Garjen

44 Run Run Run

Definitive album " A Quick One
Who MVP " John Entwistle - Garjen

45 I've Been Away

Definitive album " A Quick One (bonus track)
Who MVP " John Entwistle - Garjen

46 Slip Kid

I'm voting for my second favorite (1 is Baba). This is a REALLY close second though. Such a cool sound.

How is this so low?

Really? Not even a mention?

How is this so far down?

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47 Going Mobile

Going Mobile is all that needs to be said!

Top 15 for me!

48 Much Too Much

Keith Moon is my MVP for this song (and for me he is the MVP for the entire “My Generation” album). He drives the song all the way through with the power and energy that would define The Who. The definitive version of this song can be found on “My Generation”. - Garjen

49 The Song is Over

This is one of the most beautiful songs in this catalog. - backflip

Pete's vocal part is amazing


50 Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand

Pete Townshend had a great sense of humor and it came out in his song-writing quite often. This song “Mary-Anne With the Shaky Hands” was never a radio hit (perhaps because of the innuendo in the lyrics) but for that reason it is another of the many hard-core Who fan cult favorites. So, Pete Townshend gets the Who MVP on this song which can be found on the album “The Who Sell Out”. - Garjen

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