Top Ten The Who Albums

The Top Ten

1 Who's Next

One of the few Rock N'Roll albums I would consider perfect!
It's perfectly produced, perfectly performed, without fillers and full of astounding songs!

Glad to see it at the top. Has many fabulous tracks on it like Baba o Riley, wont get fooled again and behind blue eyes which is also a lovely song. You can also relate to this album very easily...

Nothing with Keith Moon really disappointed me, but this album is definitely king to me. Amazing from start to finish, especially the opening and closing tracks(Baba O' Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again). However, those two songs are certainly not the only good songs on this stellar album! Bargain, Behind Blue Eyes, Getting in Tune, etc. Like I said, it's amazing from start to finish! - Metarock

I just listened to this album a couple hours ago. I can't resist it. From songs like Wont get fooled again to getting in tune, every song is written with thought, meaning and endless expression. I'm glad this is at the top.

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2 Quadrophenia

Not only the best from The Who, but a contender for best album ever. The story, the horns, the flow, it all works. Pete Townshend outdid himself with this one, and the band was clearly at their peak. Listen to "The Real Me" and find out why the John Entwistle/Keith Moon combination has no equal. You can't even call them a "rhythm section" as throughout the album either took the lead on many tunes.

A work of genius... A phenomenal work. Pete Townshend made the definitive story of alienated youth. just the sad opening of 5.15 draws you in and breaks your heart. this is a must if you have not heard this record. the film, Quadrophenia is a must see also. the gifted Phil Daniels and Ray Winstone (two of England's working class actors) bring a whole new meaning to the music. but hear the album first. keith moon's drumming is truly a work of art in itself.

Every part of it is AMAZING. The Who at their peak of music making and playing.

It's amazing how an album can speak so much to you. This album is an extraordinary artistic description of being young and an important piece of rock history.

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3 Tommy

It's a masterpiece and one of the greats rock albums of all time in my opinion and definitely the who's best album with who's next just behind it as the 2nd best and Quadrophenia 3rd best.

It is very underrated. I love Quadrophenia and Who's Next obviously, but people need to know how close Tommy comes to latter. Every second is just perfectly composed. A true gem in the genre of Hard Rock.

see me. feel me.
touch me. heal me.

lisening to you...

that deaf dumb and blind kid, sure plays a mean pinball!

how can he be saved. from the eternal grave.

I'm the gypsee. the acid queen.
you get the picture.

More fun (and bonkers) than Quadrophenia. Plenty of filler, but I like the good stuff just as much as the more consistent Who's Next. This was my introduction to the band and really snagged me.

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4 The Who Sell Out

This album is the product of a young Pete Townshend breaking out of his creative shell. The appreciation of pirate radio stations is brilliant conceptual work. The songs are written well, and some are quite humorous.

Excellent album. The unreleased songs off the deluxe edition are a must to hear!

I'm surprised this is not among the top 3

5 My Generation

Way ahead of its time!

6 Who Are You

This album is, for some inexplicable reason, ALWAYS underrated on best of lists. This is totally wrong, as it is one of their absolute finest. Daltrey, Entwistle and Townshend are all at the top of their game here, and Moon's much discussed decline is nowhere near as bad as people make out. John's 3 contributions are three of his best and Pete's different writing styles all work beautifully. This band was always much more than just blunt headed power, and their various other sides come together magnificently on Who Are You. Listen to it again.

I really like this album, it is different from their other ones. New song, Sister disco, trick of the light, and of course who are you are the hits of the album. Released on August 18 1978, Keith is sitting on a chair labeled "NOT TO BE TAKEN AWAY" Eirely, Keith died less than a month later on September 7th.

7 A Quick One (Happy Jack)

It's not as good as the Tommy Who's Next Quadrophenia trilogy but it comes in close fourth.

8 The Who by Numbers

This deserves much more praise. In a hand or a face, slip kid, and however much I booze are masterpieces, there are only two songs that I dislike in the album.

My favorite, it is often overlooked

I love this one, squeeze box and slip kid are terrific tunes.

Underrated

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9 Live at Leeds

This and Deep Purple's Made in Japan are two of the best live performances I've ever heard. - Metarock

Best Live Rock Album of all time from the greatest live act of all time. You can never beat that, centuries from now people will watch this with awe and wonder why they were so underrated.

Got this because heard nothing but good things about this album and I'm literally in awe. It's so incredible, I don't even think words can describe it.

This is a really great live album, even if the magic bus is 8 minutes, not even mention my generation totaling a whopping 14 minutes and 27 seconds long.

10 It's Hard

Underrated album with some excellent songs. Perhaps not their best work but well worth a listen the whole way through

The Contenders

11 The Kids Are Alright
12 Face Dances

You better you bet is a really good catchy song.

13 A Quick One
14 Magic Bus
15 Endless Wire

Love how mature this album is. I wish they just released it as the boy who heard music instead of going the whos next route oh well still rocks

16 Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
17 Odds and Sods

Naked Eye and Pure And Easy are 2 of their best songs ever

18 Greatest Hits Live
19 Then & Now

This album has one of their finest. Real Good Looking Boy is great.

20 Meaty, Beaty, Big And Bouncy

Even though this is a compilation album, every song on this album is perfect.

21 Thirty Years of Maximum R&B
22 Live At Hull 1970
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