🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Who

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Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
MF DOOM 4.01
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3.00
Girls Aloud 2.93
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Bloc Party 2.41
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
The Killers 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81

So let’s get this over and done with…

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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

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  • My Generation
  • A Quick One
  • The Who Sell Out
  • Tommy
  • Live At Leeds
  • Who’s Next
  • Quadrophenia
  • The Who By Numbers
  • Who Are You
  • Face Dances
  • It’s Hard
  • Endless Wire
  • Who

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From The Ultimate Collection…

  • I can’t explain
  • Anyway anyhow anywhere
  • My generation
  • Kids are alright
  • Legal matter
  • Substitute
  • I’m a boy
  • Boris the spider
  • Happy Jack
  • Pictures of Lily
  • I can see for miles
  • Call me lightning
  • Magic bus
  • Pinball wizard
  • I’m free
  • See me feel me
  • Seeker
  • Summertime blues (live)
  • My wife
  • Baba O’Riley
  • Bargain
  • Behind blue eyes
  • Won’t get fooled again
  • Let’s see action
  • Pure and easy
  • Join together
  • Long live rock
  • Real me
  • 5.15
  • Love reign o’er me
  • Squeeze box
  • Who are you
  • Had enough
  • Sister disco
  • You better you bet
  • Don’t let go the coat
  • Quiet one
  • Another tricky day
  • Athena
  • Eminence front

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The Why? 1/5. More to follow when I wake up a bit.




It’s a 2 but mainly because when I visited my dad as a nipper c. 5 years old he used to play ‘Boris the Spider’ for me over and over as I loved it.


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Among the worst (successful) bands this country has ever produced. They don’t rock as much as they think they do, Pete Townshend’s not as clever as he thinks he is, they’re not even faintly rebellious despite the posturing. Top Gear in audio form, music for people who wear brown leather jackets. 1/5.


If ever we needed a zero.


A few very good songs, incl Barbara O’Reilly and Won’t get fooled again.
A LOT of shite
Awful people and opinions




Ur a magic bus.

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i cannot front on eminence front.

have never really done a deep dive on the who but im down with most of the big singles. hopefully everyone has seen the joe pera reads the church announcements episode of the joe pera show. peak tv.


These are probably going to get trashed because brexit dickheadery and going on way too long and general snobbery stuff but they’re ACTUALLY great so shut up.


Shit band, no tunes, absolute ghouls, fuck off.



Would have been 3 if judging on music only but Roger Daltrey’s a prick and always has been.

Really like some of the big tracks - 5:15, Baba, I can see for miles, Won’t get fooled again are all great. Decided to investigate further with Tommy and found it embarrassing to listen to. Fiddle About sounds like an out-take from ‘The Nightman Cometh’, but in a bad way. After that was not moves to give them a further chance.

3, because there is a very decent one disc best-of to be had from their catalogue.

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Not sure if this thread is ready for a take like this as early as this.

There’s a vast swathe of 60s bands that (for me) fall under the same banner: shite that boomers love. The Kinks, The Small Faces, The Who… loads of others. Shite that people bang on about on BBC4 documentaries. Shite that, when I was a teenager listening to Blur/Pulp or whoever, people would be all dismissive like “oh they’re not a patch on [60s band]”

Now before anyone says “YOU CAN’T LUMP THE KINKS IN WITH THE WHO!!!” - yes, I know. It’s unfair of me, possibly. But in my head, the majority of British 60s music is this big amorphous blob of Music That I Should Like. And I find it really hard to distinguish, even though I know that’s probably not fair.

I guess I’m saying: where to start with the 60s? (Other than The Beatles obvs).

It’s a 1/5 for The Who, though. They’re definitely shite.


You’ve already addressed that it was unfair to include The Kinks, but I’ll say it anyway.

Small Faces and The Who are very overrated though, yeah.

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Yeah, I’ll absolutely never listen to the Kinks or the Small Faces. It’s just not happening.