Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Who: The Good, the Bad…and Their Top 30 Songs

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June 27 marks two significant events in the history of The Who. On the positive side, in 1989 the group performed its classic rock opera Tommy in full for the first time in 17 years. On a sad note, that same date in 2002 marked the death of John Entwistle. The group were set to launch a U.S. tour when the group’s bassist died of a cocaine-induced heart attack.

Despite being down to just Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, The Who continued as an entity. They released their first studio album in 24 years with 2006’s Endless Wire. In 2010, they performed the Super Bowl halftime show (see my blog entry, Now Presenting the Half Time Show Starring the Theme Songs of CSI). That prompted me to post a top-ten list on the Dave’s Music Database Facebook page.

On August 23, 2011, I expanded it to a top-thirty list in honor of what would have been Keith Moon’s 65th birthday. I have not changed that list, but have simply reposted here on the blog, complete with extra links and videos.

The Who – The Top 30 Songs

My Generation

1. My Generation (1965)
2. Won't Get Fooled Again (1971)
3. Baba O'Riley (1971)
4. Pinball Wizard (1969)
5. I Can See for Miles (1967)

Won’t Get Fooled Again

6. I Can't Explain (1965)
7. Who Are You (1978)
8. Behind Blue Eyes (1971)
9. Magic Bus (1968)
10. Happy Jack (1966)

Baba O’Riley

11. Substitute (1966)
12. Squeeze Box (1975)
13. You Better You Bet (1981)
14. Love Reign O’er Me (1973)
15. We’re Not Gonna Take It/See Me Feel Me (1970)

16. 5:15 (1973)
17. The Kids Are Alright (1966)
18. Pictures of Lily (1967)
19. I’m Free (1969)
20. Join Together (1972)

Pinball Wizard

21. The Seeker (1970)
22. Summertime Blues (1970)
23. Bargain (1971)
24. I’m a Boy (1966)
25. Eminence Front (1972)

I Can See for Miles

26. The Real Me (1973)
27. Long Live Rock (1974)
28. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (1965)
29. Athena (1982)
30. Boris the Spider (1966)

I Can’t Explain


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