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


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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!

Is truly magic to play, simply exhilerating

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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.

The best song by the band in my opinion. I will literally get up and play air guitar to this one, like Danny Tanner in that Full House episode lol. Great band, best in their GENERATION lol get it no? Ok...

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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

Rare treat to hear such an emotion and devotion in one song. Supreme sensation of angel voice accomplished with guitar and some of the best drums.

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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

Very spiritual

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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.

Of course, I second the commenter saying this might be the greatest song of all time. - Skymoon22

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8 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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9 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.

#! on my list

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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.

Its good.

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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"

Agreeing with this comment "A hidden gem, the only who song better than baba O'reilly"

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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!

Honestly, this is my favourite song by the who of all time. Daultrey screams like no other in this song and the song drifting from hard to soft, to thinking it's over, to another heavy verse... makes it one of my favourite songs of all time.

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13 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

My actual favorites are Won't Get Fooled Again and Baba O' Riley, but this is my 3rd favorite and it should definitely be in the top 10.

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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 Magic Bus

I really love the live in leeds version

Such an amazing song, I love it so much

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16 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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17 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

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

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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

21 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 is part of Go to the Mirror

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22 Cousin Kevin
23 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.

One of the greatest compilation albums by any band ever is “Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy” which contained all the power pop singles from The Who in the 60’s like the song “Pictures of Lily”. A lot of that power and pop came from the drums of Keith Moon, so he gets the Who MVP for this song and the definitive version can be found on the album “Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy”. - Garjen

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24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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!

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28 The Song is Over

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

Pete's vocal part is amazing


29 Join Together

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

30 Heaven and Hell

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

31 Christmas

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

Definitive album " Tommy
Who MVP " Keith Moon - Garjen

32 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

Once again there are many great live recordings of this song, but I still love the power pop from the original single. There is a funny video for this song on The Who rockumentary “The Kids Are Alright”. Keith Moon’s drumming make him the Who MVP for the song “Happy Jack” and the definitive version is on the album “Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy”. - Garjen

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33 Boris 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

Sweet bass line to play - willminns

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

34 Tattoo

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

35 Please, Please, Please

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

36 Don't Look Away

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

37 Sparks
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 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.

Definitive album - Quadrophenia
Who MVP ��" Keith Moon - Garjen

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40 The Punk and the Godfather

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

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41 Real Good Looking Boy

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

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


Definitive album " Then and Now
Who MVP " Roger Daltrey - Garjen

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42 No Time
43 Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
44 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

45 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

46 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

47 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
48 Run Run Run

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

49 I've Been Away

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

50 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?

I’m lucky enough to live in a town (Chicago) that has always had 3 or 4 stations that crank out The Who (props to WXRT, WDRV and WLUP). I heard a DJ once describe Roger Daltrey as having leather-lungs. He really has a unique voice combining power and emotion. So, the Who MVP for this song “Slip Kid” is Roger Daltrey and the definitive version can be found on the album “Who By Numbers”. - Garjen

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