Top Ten Songs from The Who

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61 A Legal Matter

Again Pete Townshend’s sense of humor comes out in this song as he sings about how difficult it is to be married. The Who always had a rock edge but this is a great pop song complete with an opening guitar riff that was so popular back in the 60’s. Pete Townshend is the Who MVP for the song “A Legal Matter’ and the definitive version is on “My Generation”. - Garjen

62 Acid Queen

How is Acid Queen at 64?! This is my second favorite Who song, only to be beaten by Won't Get Fooled Again.

How is this so low? This song is incredible! I can't describe how much I love it.

This should be at least top 15. Sp rated for it for that reason. My favourite is either Pinball Wizard or Behind Blue Eyes. This is a belter though. Tommy is a great album

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63 Gettin' in Tune

Top 25, me thinks!

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65 Going Mobile

Going Mobile is all that needs to be said!

Top 15 for me!

66 It's Not Enough

Definitive album " Endless Wire
Who MVP " Roger Daltrey - Garjen

67 However Much I Booze

Great guitar works

Love this tune!

Definitive album " Who By Numbers
Who MVP " Pete Townshend - Garjen

68 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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69 Young Man Blues

Great lyrics! Definitely top 20! Come on!

70 Athena

This song is definitely a top 25 Who song. Just listen to it again and compare with 50 songs listed above it.

Just fun rock -- maybe not top 10 for the Who, but higher than 64

I have to admit to having a lot of nostalgia for this song. It brings me back to 1982 working at McDonald’s back in my high school days. Before the days of the Internet we couldn't look up the lyrics, and since we weren't familiar with the English expression of “She’s a bomb”, we didn't know what The Who were saying. But it didn't matter back then (we just made up lyrics if we had to) as we sang in our cars. The Who MVP goes to Roger Daltrey for the song “Athena” and the definitive version of this song is on “It’s Hard”. - Garjen

71 Sunrise

You can hear the musical influences of Pete Townshend when you listen to this song. He has said that the jazzy chords he used in this song were deliberate to impress his highly musical parents. I have always thought that a performer like Tony Bennett should record an album called “The Songs of Pete Townshend” and it should include this song (and also his song called “Never Ask Me” from one of Townshend’s solo albums called “Another Scoop”). So, Pete Townshend is the Who MVP for the song “Sunrise” and the definitive version is from “The Who Sell Out”. - Garjen

72 Relay

Grossly Underrated! Love this song. But that can be said about all of the whos stuff

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73 Don't Let Go the Coat

Nice guitar melody and amating harmony vocally

Pete Townshend’s songwriting adapted from the mod pop of the 60’s to the arena rock of the 70’s and then to the 80’s sound. Meanwhile, Roger’s Daltrey voice adapted every step of the way. This song “Don’t Let Go The Coat” has a great 80’s sound but still the trademark Daltrey vocals. So, the Who MVP goes to Roger Daltrey for this song and the definitive version is on the album “Face Dances”. - Garjen

74 The Dirty Jobs

In my opinion this is the who's greatest song along with won't get fooled again, and I really don't understand why is this so low on this list... - Mcflupy

A lot of adults describe the music of The Who and specifically the album “Quadrophenia” as what helped get them through adolescence. The main character (Jimmy) goes through what we all struggle with: relationships, life direction, peer pressure. John Entwistle gets the Who MVP for the song “Dirty Jobs” and the definitive version is on the album “Quadrophenia”. - Garjen

75 Blue, Red and Grey

I saw Roger Daltrey on one of his solo tours perform this song by himself just singing and playing a ukulele. He loved the song and said Townshend never wanted to perform it live. Perhaps if The Who had performed it back in the 70’s it would have been more of a radio hit. The Who MVP for this song is Pete Townshend and the definitive version can be found on the album “Who By Numbers. - Garjen

76 Pure and Easy

The fact this isn't anywhere close to the top 10 is a joke. Top 5 for sure. Had Pete Townshend completed Lifehouse with this beautiful tune as its centerpiece, it would get the recognition it deserves as one of the absolute best in the Who's catalog.

Another great song “left over” from the aborted “Lifehouse” double album that didn't make it on to “Who’s Next” but was on the rarities and out-takes album “Odds & Sods”. Pete Townshend’s guitar and vocals sound great towards the climatic ending of the song. Pete Townshend gets the Who MVP for the song “Pure and Easy” and the definitive version can be found on The Who’s box set “30 Years of Maximum R&B”. - Garjen

77 So Sad About Us

I've always loved Pete Townshend’s “Scoop” solo albums where you can hear his original recordings of the songs he wrote before presenting them to The Who. You can kind of get a glimpse into his song-writing process. Of course The Who added the greatest bass player in John Entwistle, greatest drummer in Keith Moon and the greatest vocalist in Roger Daltrey and really created a genre of music in the 60’s called power pop. The Who MVP for the song “So Sad About Us” is John Entwistle and the definitive version can be found on their album “A Quick One”. - Garjen

78 Cut My Hair

A real stand out on the Quadrophonia album, as it's so different to The Who's other songs

As I listen to this song I hear John Entwistle’s melodic bass, Townshend’s sweet vocals and songwriting, Daltrey’s powerful vocals kicking in on the chorus but Keith Moon’s drumming once again drives this song. The Grammy’s should have invented an award in 1973 for “Greatest Achievement in Drumming” and Keith Moon would have been the inaugural recipient of that award. So Keith Moon is the Who MVP on this song “Cut My Hair” and the definitive version is on “Quadrophenia”. - Garjen

79 Rael

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.

80 Tea & Theatre

Way, way, way too low. How can you be a Who fan and not appreciate this song for what it is! One of Pete's best songs ever and proof all these years later that he still has "it"!

Love this song very much should be higher in the list

One of the best song EVER! Loved it very much

Definitive album " Endless Wire
Who MVP " Roger Daltrey - Garjen

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