You Better You Bet

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"You Better You Bet"
Single by The Who
from the album Face Dances
B-side "The Quiet One"
Released 27 February 1981
Format 7"
Recorded 4 November 1980;
Odyssey Recording Studios, London
Genre Art rock, new wave
Length 5:36
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Pete Townshend
Producer(s) Bill Szymczyk
The Who singles chronology
"Long Live Rock"
"You Better You Bet"
"Don't Let Go the Coat"

"You Better You Bet" is a song written by Pete Townshend of The Who for their 1981 album, Face Dances. It appears as the first track on the album.

"You Better You Bet" was the last single by The Who that reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 18 on 21 March 1981. The track peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart in the first half of 1981.[1] It was also their last single to hit the Top Ten in the UK, peaking at number 9. It is sung by front man Roger Daltrey but contains backing vocals from Townshend and bassist John Entwistle. Townshend's guitar part is played on a Rickenbacker 360/12.


The song makes references to both the group T. Rex, and the group's own 1971 album Who's Next, with the line: "I drunk myself blind to the sound of old T. Rex... and Who's Next". This song also sounded very similar to Pete Townshend's solo release "Let My Love Open The Door" which was released a year prior.

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was produced in black and white featuring the band and keyboardist John Bundrick playing onstage. It was the fourth video played upon MTV's launch on 1 August 1981.[2] The video was also the 54th video to be aired on MTV, making it the first video to be shown on MTV more than once.


Chart (1981) Peak position
Canadian RPM Top Singles 4
UK Singles Chart 9
US Billboard Hot 100 18
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 677.
  2. ^ "MTV LAUNCH FIRST DAY SATURDAY AUGUST 1st , 1981 Part 2". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-01-12.