The Who discography

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The Who discography

The Who in 1975
Left to right: Roger Daltrey (vocals), John Entwistle (bass), Keith Moon (drums), Pete Townshend (guitar)
Releases
Studio albums 11
Live albums 12
Compilation albums 22
EPs 3
Singles 54
Video albums 17
Soundtracks 4
Box sets 2

The following is the discography of 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]

CAN

[6]

GER

[7]

NLD

[8]

NOR

[9]

US

[6]

1965 My Generation 1 14
1966 A Quick One
  • Released: 9 December 1966
  • Label: Polydor
1 19 67
1967 The Who Sell Out
  • Released: 15 December 1967
  • Label: Polydor
1 2 48
1969 Tommy
  • Released: 23 May 1969
  • Label: Polydor
1 1 1 50 1 1 1
1971 Who's Next
  • Released: 14 August 1971
  • Label: Polydor
1 1 1

[12]

1 1 1 1
1973 Quadrophenia
  • Released: 19 October 1973
  • Label: Polydor
1 35 1

[13]

2 17 1 1
1975 The Who by Numbers
  • Released: 3 October 1975
  • Label: Polydor
1 29 1

[15]

30 1
1978 Who Are You
  • Released: 18 August 1978
  • Label: Polydor
1 1 49 29 21 1
  • US: 5× Platinum[11]
  • UK: 3× Platinum[10]
  • CAN: 2× Platinum[16]
1981 Face Dances
  • Released: 16 March 1981
  • Label: Polydor
1 16 1

[17]

2 16 1 1
1982 It's Hard
  • Released: 4 September 1982
  • Label: Polydor
1 55 3

[18]

4 2 1
2006 Endless Wire
  • Released: 30 October 2006
  • Label: Polydor
1 63
[19]
10 1 77 23 1
"—" denotes albums that did not chart, was not released or chart information is unknown.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK

[4]

US

[6]

1970 Live at Leeds
  • Released: 1970-05-16
  • Label: Polydor
1 1
  • US: 4x Platinum
  • UK: Gold[10]
1984 Who's Last
  • Released: 1984-12
  • Label: Polydor
48 81
1990 Join Together
  • Released: 1990-03
  • Label: Virgin
59 188
1996 Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
  • Released: 1996-10-29
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
56 194
2000 BBC Sessions
  • Released: 2000-02-15
  • Label: Polydor
24 101
Blues to the Bush
  • Released: 2000-03-19
  • Label: Polydor
2003 Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Released: 2003-06-30
  • Label: Polydor
72
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: Geffen
2012 Live at Hull
  • Released: 2012-11-19
  • Label: Geffen
68
2014 Quadrophenia - Live in London 28
"—" denotes albums that did not chart, was not released or chart information is unknown.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK

[4]

US

[6]

1968 Magic Bus: The Who on Tour
  • Released: 1968-09
  • Label: Polydor
39
Direct Hits
  • Released: 1968
  • Label: Polydor
1971 Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
  • Released: 1971-10-30
  • Label: Polydor
9 11
  • US: Platinum
1974 Odds & Sods
  • Released: 1974-09-28
  • Label: Polydor
10 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: Polydor
52
  • US: Gold
1983 Who's Greatest Hits
  • Released: 1983-11-23
  • Label: Polydor
94
  • US: 2x Platinum
Rarities
  • Released: 1983-08-14
  • Label: Polydor
1984 The Singles
  • Released: 1984-10
  • Label: Polydor
1985 Who's Missing
  • Released: 1985-11-30
  • Label: Polydor
44 116
  • UK: Gold
The Who Collection
  • Released: 1985-12-10
  • Label: Polydor
44
1987 Two's Missing
  • Released: 1987-04-11
  • Label: Polydor
1988 Who's Better, Who's Best
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Polydor
10
  • UK: Gold
  • US: Gold
1996 My Generation: The Very Best of the Who
  • Released: 1996-08-27
  • Label: Polydor
11
  • UK: Gold
  • US: Gold
1999 20th Century Masters: The Best of The Who
  • Released: 1999-04-13
  • Label: Universal
  • US: Platinum
2002 The Ultimate Collection
  • Released: 2002-06-11
  • Label: Polydor
17 31
  • UK: Platinum
  • US: Platinum
2004 Then and Now
  • Released: 2004-03-30
  • Label: Geffen
5 57
  • UK: 2× Platinum[10]
2009 Greatest Hits
  • Released: 2009-12-21
  • Label: Geffen
127 56
2011 Icon
  • Released: 2011-04-05
  • Label: Geffen
Icon 2
  • Released: 2011-04-05
  • Label: Geffen
2012 Pinball Wizard: The Collection
  • Released: 2012-05-28
  • Label: Spectrum
"—" denotes albums that did not chart, was not released or chart information is unknown.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK

[4]

US

[6]

1966 Ready Steady Who
  • Released: 1966-11-11
  • Label: Polydor
58
1988 Won't Get Fooled Again
  • Released: 1988-08
  • Label: Polydor
91[20]
2006 Wire & Glass
  • Released: 2006-7-17
  • Label: Polydor
"—" denotes albums that did not chart, was not released or chart information is unknown.

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK

[4]

US

[6]

1975 Tommy
  • Released: 1975-03-19
  • Label: Polydor
21 2
1979 The Kids Are Alright
  • Released: 1979-06-24
  • Label: Polydor
2 8
  • UK: Platinum[22]
  • US: Platinum
Quadrophenia
  • Released: 1979-08-13
  • Label: Polydor
23 46
2008 Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
  • Released: 2008-03-24
  • Label: Polydor
"—" denotes albums that did not chart, was not released or chart information is unknown.

Box sets[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK

[4]

US

[6]

1994 Thirty Years of Maximum R&B
  • Released: 1994-07-05
  • Label: Polydor
48 170
  • US: Gold
2004 The 1st Singles Box
  • Released: 2004-05-02
  • Label: Polydor
154
"—" denotes albums that did not chart, was not released or chart information is unknown.

Singles[edit]

Singles

Year Song B-side Chart positions Album
UK

[4]

AUS

[5]

GER

[7]

NLD

[8]

US

[6]

1964 "Zoot Suit" "I'm the Face" Non-album
1965 "I Can't Explain" "Bald Headed Woman" 1 87 93 My Generation
"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" "Daddy Rolling Stone" (UK)
"Anytime You Want Me" (US)
1
"My Generation" "Shout and Shimmy" (UK)
"Out in the Street" (US)
1 2 9 7 74
1966 "Substitute" "Circles" or "Waltz for a Pig" or "Instant Party" - Rare(UK)
"Waltz for a Pig" (US)
1 5 13 2 Non-album
"A Legal Matter" "Instant Party" 32 83 20 My Generation
"The Kids Are Alright" "The Ox" (UK)
"A Legal Matter" (US)
1 106
"I'm a Boy" "In the City" 1 11 10 6 Non-album
"La-La-La-Lies" "The Good's Gone" My Generation
"Happy Jack" "I've Been Away" (UK)
"Whiskey Man" (US)
1 4 4 5 24 Happy Jack (US)
1967 "Pictures of Lily" "Doctor, Doctor" 1 2 5 5 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)
1 2 1 2 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)
1 20 20 25 Magic Bus: The Who on Tour
1969 "Pinball Wizard" "Dogs, Pt. 2" 1 4 1 2 1 Tommy
"I'm Free" "We're Not Gonna Take It" --- 83 18 20 37
1970 "The Seeker" "Here for More" 1 8 15 4 Non-album
"Summertime Blues" "Heaven and Hell" 2 19 25 27 Live at Leeds
"See Me, Feel Me" "Overture" 1 7 2 12 Tommy
1971 "Won't Get Fooled Again" "I Don't Even Know Myself" 1 1 2 8 1 Who's Next
"Let's See Action" "When I Was a Boy" 2 5 4 2 5 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)" 1 5 2 2 6 Non-album
"Relay" "Waspman" 21 28 29 39
1973 "5:15" "Water" 20 46 Quadrophenia
"Love Reign O'er Me" 1 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" 1 4 1 The Who by Numbers
1976 "Slip Kid" "Dreaming from the Waist"
"Substitute" "I'm a Boy"/"Pictures Of Lily" (first UK 12" single release) 2 The Story of The Who
1978 "Who Are You"[24] "Had Enough" 1 1 1 1 4 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" 1 1 2 1 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 28 It's Hard
"Eminence Front" "One at a Time" 68
1983 "It's Hard" "Dangerous"
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 58 Endless Wire
"It's Not Enough" "Tea & Theatre"
2012 Baba O'Riley/See Me, Feel Me/My Generation (live) "Early Morning Cold Taxi" A Symphony of British Music
  • 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

  • The Who contributed one song to the album Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More which was released in 1970. This song also appeared on the album Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music, which was released in 1994.
  • Song performed - "We're Not Gonna Take It"
  • Songs performed - "Fire" and "Dig"

Videos[edit]

Films

1975 Tommy
1979 Quadrophenia

Documentaries

1979 The Kids Are Alright
2000 Classic Albums: The Who – Who's Next
2008 Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
2014 The Who: Sensation - The Story Of Tommy"

Other appearances

1968 Monterey Pop
1970 Woodstock
1980 Concert for Kampuchea
1996 The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
2001 The Concert for New York City
2012 The Concert for Sandy Relief

Concerts

Year Album details Certifications
1988 Who's Better, Who's Best
  • AUS: 2x Platinum[25]
1989 The Who - Tommy Live
  • Released: 1989-10-14
  • Distribution: Capitol
1994 Thirty Years of Maximum R&B Live
  • Released: 1994-07-06
  • Distribution: MCA
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 Live in Boston
  • Released: 2003-07-14
  • Distribution: Warner
2005 Tommy and Quadrophenia Live
  • Released: 2005-10-8
  • Distribution: Warner
2006 The Vegas Job
  • Released: 2006-10-7
  • Distribution: Passport
2008 The Who At Kilburn: 1977
  • Released: 2008-10-17
  • Distribution: Image
2012 The Who Live In Texas '75
  • Released: 2012-10-9
  • Distribution: Eagle Rock
2014 Quadrophenia - Live in London
  • Released: 2014/06/09
  • Distribution: Universal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  22. ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 23 August 2012. Note: User needs to enter "Tommy" in the "Search" field, "Keyword" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history. 
  23. ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 23 August 2012. Note: User needs to enter "Quadrophenia" in the "Search" field, "Keyword" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history. 
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