The Who Hits 50!

by The Who

The Who Hits 50!

The Who Hits 50! is a compilation of singles by the English rock band The Who, released in 2014 by Polydor Records. The two-disc set contains every single released by the band in the United Kingdom, with the exceptions of: “A Legal Matter” and “La-La-La-Lies” from 1966; and “Long Live Rock” and the remake of “I’m One” from 1979. At the same time it also contains every single by the band released in the United States throughout their career, with the exceptions of: “The Real Me” from 1974; the reissue of “Substitute” from 1976; and “Long Live Rock” from 1979. A condensed single-disc standard edition appeared as well, both versions in conjunction with the band’s 50th anniversary and associated tour of the same name. The album is notable for containing singles generally not included on other compilation albums, such as the band’s Rolling Stones cover “The Last Time” done as an act of solidarity while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were facing jail time, along with other lesser-known singles “Dogs” and “Call Me Lightning”. The first disc includes every song from the compilation Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy with the exception “A Legal Matter”, and the second disc includes “Be Lucky”, a track released as a single in support of the compilation and recorded during 2014 sessions for a proposed new studio album. The song is the first new material released by The Who since their 2006 studio album Endless Wire. The selections were remastered by Jon Astley, and the cover art and packaging reflects the band’s association with the pop art of the 1960s. On the two-disc set, the liner notes incorrectly list Pete Townshend as the writer of the track “Trick of the Light” when it was in fact written by John Entwistle.


  1. Zoot Suit (2:01)
  2. I Can’t Explain (2:05)
  3. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (2:41)
  4. My Generation (3:17)
  5. Substitute (3:49)
  6. I’m A Boy (2:42)
  7. Happy Jack (2:13)
  8. Pictures Of Lily (2:46)
  9. I Can See For Miles (4:09)
  10. Magic Bus (4:37)
  11. Pinball Wizard (3:03)
  12. The Seeker (3:13)
  13. Won’t Get Fooled Again (Single Edit) (3:40)
  14. Baba O’Riley (5:01)
  15. Bargain (5:35)
  16. Join Together (4:24)
  17. 5:15 (4:53)
  18. Squeeze Box (2:43)
  19. Who Are You (5:11)
  20. Real Good-Looking Boy (3:53)
  21. Be Lucky (3:18)

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Format Vinyl 2× LP Compilation Remastered
Label Polydor
Catalog Number 3794051
Notes This compilation ℗ © 2014 Polydor Records Ltd. (UK). 3794051. Catalog Number Disc 1: 3794052 Catalog Number Disc 1: 3794053 Dedicated to the memory of Keith Moon (1946-1978) and John Entwistle (1944-2002). Differs from [r11234307]: runout information LP1. Runouts are laser etched except ‘ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. MILES.’ is hand etched.
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