The Who

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1990

Inducted by: U2

Nominated in: 1990

First Eligible: 1990 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1990 (ranked #14) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
My Generation [UK] (1965)
A Quick One (Happy Jack) (1966)
The Who Sell Out (1967)
Tommy (1969)
Live At Leeds (1970)
Who's Next (1971)
Quadrophenia (1973)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
I Can't Explain (1964)
My Generation (1965)
Substitute (1966)
I Can See For Miles (1967)
Magic Bus (1968)
Pinball Wizard (1969)
Behind Blue Eyes (1971)
Bargain (1971)
Won't Get Fooled Again (1971)
Baba O'Riley (1971)
The Real Me (1973)
Love, Reign O'er Me (1973)
Squeeze Box (1975)
Who Are You (1978)
You Better You Bet (1981)
Eminence Front (1982)

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23 comments so far (post your own)

The Who are one of the best bands ever. They are alot like Led Zeppelin, but in some ways better. Roger Daltrey had one of the most powerful voices in rock music, Keith Moon was an insane drummer, John Entwistle was an extremely gifted bassist, and Pete Townshend was a good guitarist, (but not as good as Jimmy Page)and a great songwriter

Posted by Zach Tankersley on Wednesday, 01.23.08 @ 14:29pm

Zach you got it backwards. Zeppelin was a lot like The Who. The Who was around long before Zeppelin got started. I think Townshend wasn't happy that Zeppelin came around. However I feel that the bands were really not alike. Zep was more blues based.

Posted by Barry on Saturday, 05.24.08 @ 19:13pm

As a matter of fact, Townshend actually once (in the "History of Rock 'n' Roll" documentary series) stated that he never liked a single thing Zeppelin ever done (funnily enough that didn't surprise me at all), possibly because they were so much bigger than The Who in many ways, although he was friends with them and liked them all personally. I guess he didn't like their cock-rock style which was the main difference between those two bands. I mean, The Who never did songs like "Whola Lotta Love", neither they did medieval-styled Tolkien-inspired epics such as "Stairway to Heaven", but rather songs about angry young men in search of themselves (such as Townshend himself was).

Posted by denyo on Friday, 09.19.08 @ 18:22pm

Top 5 Songs:

1. Baba O'Riley
2. Won't Get Fooled Again
3. Who Are You
4. I Can't Explain
5. Happy Jack

Posted by Who's Next on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 22:35pm

The Who were honored along with several others last night by the Kennedy Center. Now I am not saying they are the last word in anything, but if anyone truly wants to know what a Hall of Fame Band is, they need look no further than The Who! This goes especially for all you boy band fanatics, Steve Perry Panty Freaks and Madonna missionaries.

Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Monday, 12.8.08 @ 08:28am

Top 5 songs

1. Behind Blue Eyes
2. I Can See for Miles
3. Won't Get Fooled Again
4. The Kids Are Alright
5. A Quick One

Posted by Will on Monday, 04.6.09 @ 19:11pm


Posted by poop on Wednesday, 04.29.09 @ 09:27am

Speaking of bands who actually have good names, for me The Who always comes to mind. Here's how they came up with the name of The Who: a bunch of people were brainstorming for names. The band members were already so deaf they kept saying, "The who?". Finally, someone suggested the Who as their name.

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 17:39pm

quick 7 great who songs (no order)

Love reign o' me
I can see for miles
Love ain't for keeping (either version)
I can't Explain
My Generation
the Amazing Journey

Posted by Curt Marano on Friday, 08.7.09 @ 20:33pm

I love the album Odds And Sods. So many great songs on that one.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 08.7.09 @ 20:43pm

quick 7 great who songs (no order)

Love reign o' me
I can see for miles
Love ain't for keeping (either version)
I can't Explain
My Generation
the Amazing Journey

Posted by Curt Marano on Friday, 08.7.09 @ 20:33pm

How could you leave out "Baba O'Riley?"

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 08.8.09 @ 03:39am

Today (12/3) is the 30th anniversary of the Who concert tragedy in Cincinnati. Eleven people were trampled to death outside Riverfront Coliseum in a mad dash for "festival seating."

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 12.3.09 @ 13:48pm

Well that is a date that I want etched into my memory.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 12.3.09 @ 19:09pm

I was a student at UK when the Who Concert stampede occurred up in Cinn. At least one of the dead was a UK student. Terrible tragedy. I don't think they've ever had festival seating there in Cinn. since that day.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 12.4.09 @ 06:17am

Pinball Wizard is one of the greatest and most underrated songs of all time. The Hall just wouldn't be the hall without several bands, and the Who is one of them, hands down.

Posted by Chris on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 19:41pm

Pure and Easy is one of the great songs and should be on any top ten list.

You can list hundreds of bands that don't exist without the Who.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 19:26pm

Well, I said it earlier, Dameon, but I love that whole album... Long Live Rock is great, too, but Pure And Easy is so underappreciated.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 20:06pm

Surfaris and the Who lol
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Number 451 - Surfaris

Number 451

The Surfaris

"Wipe Out"



Genre: Surf Rock
art by KnightDigital
Instantly recognisable song, with lyrics even i can remember Wipe Out! [repeat x 30]. Now that i am learning how to play the drums, [yes, Animal from the Muppet's still sounds better than me] I have been watching "The Ventures" version on youtube with Mel Taylor [?] pounding the snare drum amazingly fast. There is a Safari's version on youtube but the Ventures remake is something to behold. Both videos will be on the bottom on the page, hell i will even let you choose which one is the better version.
By the way here is a list of songs that are in danger of being voted off ..... 1: Michael Nesmith #549 - 2: Elvis Presley #501 - 3: REM #597 - 4: Cher #889 - 5: David Lee Roth #997. So there you go, if you want to save them go ahead, if you want to stick the boot in while they are down, be my guest. Once a song reaches 100 votes and its all negative, I will put up another song to take its place. Then you can vote for the old one back - Ha!
Oh, and please keep voting, otherwise i will have to take the word "Definitive" out of the title!
circa 1963
A Glendora, CA, surf group remembered for "Wipe Out," the number two 1963 hit that ranks as one of the great rock instrumentals, featuring a classic up-and-down guitar riff and a classic solo drum roll break, both of which were emulated by millions (the number is no exaggeration) of beginning rock & rollers. They recorded an astonishing number of albums (about half a dozen) and singles in the mid-'60s; the "Wipe Out" follow-up, "Point Panic," was the only one to struggle up to the middle of the charts. The Surfaris were not extraordinary, but they were more talented than the typical one-shot surf group; drummer Ron Wilson was praised by session stickman extraordinaire Hal Blaine, and his uninhibited splashing style sounds like a direct ancestor to Keith Moon. He also took the lead vocals on the group's occasional Beach Boys imitations. ~ [Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide]
surf rock ~ wo0t

Posted by mrxyzomg on Thursday, 08.5.10 @ 15:21pm

Love reighn on me

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 08.22.10 @ 17:30pm

Just ran into a great old video of the Who performing one of their earlier (and one of my favorite of theirs) songs, enjoy

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 13:21pm

3/4 of U2 spoke for The Who. Why does it only say Bono on this page? Watch the video.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.28.11 @ 21:20pm

I'm glad they were inducted the same year they were eligible.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 21:13pm

The Who had a few great songs, but relatively few great albums. They don't deserve to be honored in this way.

Posted by Luke Madigan on Monday, 05.8.17 @ 16:11pm

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