Top 100 Songs/
The Who were a rock group that formed in London in 1964. In their early years, they became known for their antics of destroying their instruments on stage. They became a staple of album rock with classics such as the 1969 rock opera Tommy and 1971’s Who’s Next The original lineup of singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon lasted until 1978 when Moon died at age 32 from a drug overdose.
At their concert in Cincinnati on December 3, 1979, eleven people were trampled to death when fans tried to push their way in before the show. The band broke up in 1982, but regrouped for Live Aid in 1986 and again in 1989 for a 25th anniversary tour. They subsequently regrouped multiple times. Just before their 2002 tour, Entwistle died at age 57 from a cocaine-induced heart attack.
In 2006, they released their first studio album, Endless Wire, in 24 years. They reconvened again for the album Who in 2019.
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Top 100 Songs
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. This list includes solo material from Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey as well as music by The Who.
DMDB Top 1%:
1. My Generation (1965)
DMDB Top 2%:
4. I Can See for Miles (1967)
DMDB Top 5%:
8. Who Are You (1978)
DMDB Top 10%:
12. Substitute (1966)
21. Let My Love Open the Door (Pete Townshend, 1980)
DMDB Top 20%:
24. I’m Free (1969)
31. The Real Me (1973)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
37. A Legal Matter (1965)
41. The Song Is Over (1971)
51. Gettin’ in Tune (1971)
61. Let Me Down Easy (Roger Daltrey, 1985)
71. Take Me Home (Roger Daltrey, 1987)
81. It’s Hard (1982)
91. Did You Steal My Money (1981)
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by album’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, critics’ ratings, and awards. Also factored in are the status of each album’s songs in Dave’s Music Database for songs.
1. Who’s Next (1971)
11. Who (2019)
* Technically not a studio album but a compilation, but included here because the songs were various singles, B-sides, and leftovers all recorded in 1967 and 1968.
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First posted 7/27/2012; last updated 8/18/2021.
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