The Who discography

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The Who discography
Releases
Studio albums 11
Live albums 12
Compilation albums 26
EPs 4
Singles 58
Soundtracks 4

The following is a discography of albums and singles released by the English rock band The Who.

The Who have been with several labels over the years. In the United Kingdom and elsewhere outside North America, they were signed originally to Brunswick Records. In 1966, they moved to Polydor Records[1] and took the rights to their Brunswick recordings with them. They created and moved to Track Records the following year[1] with distribution by Polydor. They left Track in 1974 and returned to Polydor directly,[2] remaining with the label ever since.

In North America, they were originally on Decca Records. They moved to Atco Records for one single in 1966[1] before returning to Decca later that year. In 1972 the US Decca label was absorbed into MCA Records. The band changed North American labels again in 1981, to Warner Bros. Records.[3] The label released Face Dances and It's Hard and their singles, before The Who disbanded. In later years, MCA would acquire the US rights to the WBR albums. In 2003, MCA Records (now under common ownership with Polydor, under Universal Music Group) was folded into Geffen Records - which, ironically, was originally an independent label distributed by WBR. Geffen now controls the US rights to The Who's catalogue up through It's Hard. Their 2006 comeback album, Endless Wire, was released through Universal Republic in the US.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK

[4]

AUS

[5]

AUT

[6]

CAN

[7]

FIN


FRA

[8]

GER

[9]

IRE

[10]

NLD

[11]

NOR

[12]

SWE

[13]

SWI

[14]

US

[7]

1965 My Generation 5 14
1966 A Quick One
  • Released: 9 December 1966 (UK); May 1967 (US)
  • Label: Decca and Reaction Records
4 13 19 67
1967 The Who Sell Out 13 8 3 48 48
1969 Tommy
  • Released: 23 May 1969
  • Label: Decca and Track
2 8 6 2 50 14 4
1971 Who's Next
  • Released: 14 August 1971 (UK); 25 August 1971 (US)
  • Label: Decca and Track
1 3 5 2 3 2 2 5 4
  • US: 3× Platinum[17]
  • UK : Gold
  • CAN : Platinum
  • FRA: Gold[16]
1973 Quadrophenia
  • Released: 19 October 1973
  • Label: MCA Records, Polydor, and Track
2 35 2 4 7 3 8 2
  • US: Platinum[17]
  • UK: Gold[15]
  • FRA: Gold[16]
  • CAN : Platinum
1975 The Who by Numbers
  • Released: 3 October 1975
  • Label: MCA and Polydor
7 29 9 3 30 2 8
1978 Who Are You
  • Released: 18 August 1978
  • Label: MCA and Polydor
6 9 2 7 49 29 3 27 2
1981 Face Dances 2 9 1 12 29 6 5 4 4
1982 It's Hard
  • Released: 4 September 1982
  • Label: Polydor and Warner Bros.
11 55 3 30 28 47 8
2006 Endless Wire 9 63
[19]
28 10 57 62 4 52 77 23 51 7

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK

[4]

AUS

[5]

CAN

[7]

GER

[7]

NLD

[11]

NOR

[12]

US

[7]

1970 Live at Leeds
  • Released: 1970-05-16
  • Label: MCA, Polydor, and Track
3 6 2 8 5 13 4
  • US: 2x Platinum
  • UK: Gold
1984 Who's Last 48 56

[20]

81
1990 Join Together 59 188
1996 Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 84 194
2000 BBC Sessions
  • Released: 2000-02-15
  • Label: MCA and Polydor
24 101
Blues to the Bush
  • Released: 2000-03-19
  • Label: MCA and Polydor
2003 Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Released: 2003-12-05
  • Label: MCA and Polydor
72 43 95
2006 Live from Toronto
2007 View from a Backstage Pass
  • Released: 2007-11-05
  • Label: thewho.com
2010 Greatest Hits Live
  • Released: 2010-01-18
  • Label:
2012 Live at Hull
  • Released: 2012-11-19
  • Label: -
68
2014 Quadrophenia: Live in London
  • Released: 2014-06-10
  • Label: UMe
28 118
"—" denotes albums that were released but did not chart, albums not released in a particular territory, or chart information is not available.

Compilations[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK

[4]

AUS

[5]

BEL

[21]

CAN

[7]

ESP

[22]

FRA

[8]

GER

[9]

IRE

[10]

NLD

[11]

NOR

[12]

SWE

[13]

SWI

[14]

US

[7]

1968 Magic Bus: The Who on Tour
  • Released: 1968-09
  • Label: Decca
39
Direct Hits
  • Released: 1968
  • Label: Track
1971 Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
  • Released: 1971-10-30
  • Label: Decca
9 27 11
  • US: Platinum
1974 Odds & Sods
  • Released: 1974-09-28
  • Label: MCA
10 47 15
  • UK: Silver
  • US: Gold
1976 The Story of The Who
  • Released: 1976-09-23
  • Label: Polydor
2
  • UK: Gold
1981 Phases
  • Released: 1981-05
  • Label: Polydor
Hooligans
  • Released: 1981-10
  • Label: MCA
52
  • US: Gold
1983 Who's Greatest Hits
  • Released: 1983-11-23
  • Label: MCA
9 13 4
  • US: 2x Platinum
Rarities Volume I & Volume II
  • Released: 1983-08-14
  • Label: Decca
1984 The Singles
  • Released: 1984-10
  • Label: Polydor
1985 Who's Missing
  • Released: 1985-11-30
  • Label: MCA
44 116
  • UK: Gold
The Who Collection
  • Released: 1985-12-10
  • Label: Polydor
44
  • UK: Gold (Volume One)
1987 Two's Missing
  • Released: 1987-04-11
  • Label: MCA
1988 Who's Better, Who's Best
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: MCA
10 51 45
  • UK: Gold
  • US: Gold
  • CAN: 2x Platinum[18]
1994 Thirty Years of Maximum R&B
  • Released: 1994-07-05
  • Label: MCA
48 170
  • US: Gold
1996 My Generation: The Very Best of the Who
  • Released: 1996-08-27
  • Label: MCA
11
  • UK: Gold
  • US: Gold
1999 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Who
  • US: Platinum
  • UK: Gold
2002 The Ultimate Collection
  • Released: 2002-06-11
  • Label: MCA
17 65 11 31
  • UK: Gold
  • US: Platinum
2004 Then and Now 5 67 21 2
  • UK: 2x Platinum
The 1st Singles Box
  • Released: 2004-05-02
  • Label: Polydor
154 1
2009 Greatest Hits
  • Released: 2009-12-21
  • Label: Geffen Records
12 69 10
2010 Greatest Hits & More
  • Released: 2010-02-13
  • Label: Polydor
20
2011 Icon
  • Released: 2011-04-05
  • Label: Geffen Records
Icon 2
  • Released: 2011-04-05
  • Label: Geffen Records
2012 Pinball Wizard: The Collection
  • Released: 2012-05-28
  • Label: Spectrum Music
2014 The Who Hits 50!
  • Released: 2014-10-27
  • Label: Geffen Records
"—" denotes albums that were released but did not chart, albums not released in a particular territory, or chart information is not available.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
UK

[4]

AUT

[6]

DK

[23]

ESP

[22]

NZ

[24]

SWI

[14]

US

[7]

1966 Ready Steady Who 58
1970 Tommy
1988 Won't Get Fooled Again 91[25]
2006 Wire & Glass 31 3 9 39 83

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK

[4]

US

[7]

1975 Tommy
  • Released: 1975-03-19
  • Label: MCA and Polydor
21 2
1979 The Kids Are Alright
  • Released: 1979-06-24
  • Label: MCA and Polydor
26 8
  • UK: Silver[26]
  • US: Platinum
  • CAN: Gold[18]
Quadrophenia
  • Released: 1979-08-13
  • Label: Polydor
23 46
1980 McVicar
  • Released: 1980
  • Label: Polydor
22
2008 Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
  • Released: 2008-03-24
  • Label: Polydor
"—" denotes albums that did not chart, or was not released in that country.

Singles[edit]

Year Song B-side Chart positions Album
UK


AUS


AUT


CAN


US Rock[27]


GER


NLD


NZ


US
Cashbox

[28]


SWI


US

[7]

1964 "Zoot Suit" "I'm the Face" Non-album
1965 "I Can't Explain" "Bald Headed Woman" 8 87 93 My Generation
"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" "Daddy Rolling Stone" (UK)
"Anytime You Want Me" (US)
10
"My Generation" "Shout and Shimmy" (UK)
"Out in the Street" (US)
2 2 9 3 6 7 74
1966 "Substitute" "Circles" or "Waltz for a Pig" or "Instant Party" - Rare(UK)
"Waltz for a Pig" (US)
5 5 13 2 3 Non-album
"A Legal Matter" "Instant Party" 32 83 20 My Generation
"The Kids Are Alright" "The Ox" (UK)
"A Legal Matter" (US)
41 106
"I'm a Boy" "In the City" 2 11 23 10 6 2 Non-album
"La-La-La-Lies" "The Good's Gone" My Generation
"Happy Jack" "I've Been Away" (UK)
"Whiskey Man" (US)
3 4 6 1 4 5 6 13 24 Happy Jack (US)
1967 "Pictures of Lily" "Doctor, Doctor" 4 7 9 36 5 5 14 51 Non-album
"Whiskey Man" "Boris the Spider" Happy Jack (US)
"The Last Time" "Under My Thumb" 44 Non-album
"I Can See for Miles" "Someone's Coming" (UK)
"Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand" (US)
10 20 4 37 28 13 8 9 The Who Sell Out
"I Can't Reach You" "Our Love Was, Is" 62
1968 "Call Me Lightning" "Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde" 30 38 40 Non-album
"Dogs" "Call Me Lightning" 25 93 40
"Magic Bus" "Someone's Coming" (US)
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (UK)
26 20 6 20 13 10 25 Magic Bus: The Who on Tour
1969 "Pinball Wizard" "Dogs, Pt. 2" 4 45 6 25 12 8 15 19 Tommy
"I'm Free" "We're Not Gonna Take It" --- 83 18 20 37
1970 "The Seeker" "Here for More" 19 15 21 18 15 30 44 Non-album
"Summertime Blues" "Heaven and Hell" 38 8 19 25 14 27 Live at Leeds
"See Me, Feel Me" "Overture" 70 4 2 16 8 12 Tommy
1971 "Won't Get Fooled Again" "I Don't Even Know Myself" 9 14 7 27 8 9 15 Who's Next
"Let's See Action" "When I Was a Boy" 16 59 43 25 Non-album
"Behind Blue Eyes" "My Wife" 34 Who's Next
1972 "Baba O'Riley" 55 80 11
"Join Together" "Baby Don't You Do It (Live)" 9 58 18 23 27 28 9 17 Non-album
"Relay" "Waspman" 21 70 28 29 39
1973 "5:15" "Water" 20 46 Quadrophenia
"Love Reign O'er Me" 76
1974 "The Real Me" "I'm One" 92
"Postcard" "Put the Money Down" Odds & Sods
"Long Live Rock" "Pure And Easy"
1975 "Squeeze Box" "Success Story" 10 1 1 26 11 16 The Who by Numbers
1976 "Slip Kid" "Dreaming from the Waist"
"Substitute" "I'm a Boy"/"Pictures Of Lily" (first UK 12" single release) 7 The Story of The Who
1978 "Who Are You"[29] "Had Enough" 18 23 7 44 23 9 14 Who Are You
"Trick of the Light" "905" 107
1979 "Long Live Rock" "I'm the Face"/"My Wife" (UK)
"My Wife" (US)
48 54 The Kids Are Alright
"5:15" "I'm One" 45 Quadrophenia Soundtrack
1981 "You Better You Bet" "The Quiet One" 9 21 4 1 12 38 15 18 Face Dances
"Don't Let Go the Coat" "You" 47 84
1982 "Athena" "A Man Is a Man" (UK)
"It's Your Turn" (US)
40 5 3 31 28 It's Hard
"Eminence Front" "One at a Time" 5 68
1983 "It's Hard" "Dangerous" 39 -
1984 "Twist and Shout" "I Can't Explain" 87 Who's Last
1988 "My Generation" "Substitute"/"Baba O'Riley"/"Behind Blue Eyes" 68 88 Who's Better, Who's Best
"Won't Get Fooled Again" 91
"Join Together (Live)" 100
2004 "Real Good Looking Boy" "Old Red Wine" Then and Now
2006 "Wire & Glass" 31 31 9 58 39 83 Endless Wire
"It's Not Enough" "Tea & Theatre" 37
2012 Baba O'Riley/See Me, Feel Me/My Generation (live) "Early Morning Cold Taxi" A Symphony of British Music
2014 Be Lucky Who Hits 50
  • Note 1: "-" denotes albums that did not chart, blank spaces were not released in that country.
  • Note 2: The Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart did not exist until March 1981. Several album tracks from Face Dances and It's Hard entered the chart between 1981 and 1982 but are not listed here as they were not issued as retail singles.

Other appearances[edit]

  • Songs performed - "Fire" and "Dig"

Videography[edit]

Films[edit]

1975 Tommy
1979 Quadrophenia

Documentaries[edit]

1979 The Kids Are Alright
2000 Classic Albums: The Who – Who's Next
2008 Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who

Video albums[edit]

Year Album details Certifications
1983 Who Rocks America
  • Released: 1983
  • Distribution: CBS/Fox
1988 Who's Better, Who's Best
1989 The Who Featuring Tommy
  • Released: 1989-10-14
  • Distribution: Capitol Home Video
1994 Thirty Years of Maximum R&B Live
  • Released: 1994-07-06
  • Distribution: MCA
Who's Tommy: The Amazing Journey
1998 Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
2001 The Who & Special Guests: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Released: 2001-09-25
  • Distribution: Image
2003 The Who Special Edition EP
  • Released: 2003-03-25
  • Distribution: Classic Pictures
Live in Boston
2005 Tommy and Quadrophenia Live
Tangled Up in Who
  • Released: 2005
  • Distribution: Hiwatt
2006 In Their Own Words
  • Released: 2006-08-29
  • Distribution: Classic Rock Legends Ltd.
The Vegas Job
  • Released: 2006-10-7
  • Distribution: Passport Entertainment
Live from Toronto
  • Released: 2006
  • Distribution: Immortal
2008 Live at Glastonbury 2007
  • Released: 2008-06-6
  • Distribution: -
In Houston - Live
  • Released: 2008-06-6
  • Distribution: Intergroove
The Who At Kilburn: 1977
  • Released: 2008-10-17
  • Distribution: Image
2014 Quadrophenia: Live in London
  • Released: 2014-06-10
  • Distribution: UMe

Other appearances[edit]

1968 Monterey Pop
1970 Woodstock
1980 Concert for Kampuchea
1996 The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
2001 The Concert for New York City

Solo discographies[edit]

References[edit]

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