The Who By Numbers (studio album) by The Who

The Who By Numbers
The Who By Numbers by The Who
Year: 1975
Overall rank: 1,845th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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75/100 (from 266 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1975 (28th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (362nd)
Award Best albums of all time (1,845th)
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The Who bestography

The Who By Numbers is ranked 8th best out of 43 albums by The Who on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Who is Who's Next which is ranked number 35 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 31,396.

The Who album bestography « Higher ranked (1,758th) This album (1,845th) Lower ranked (2,969th) »
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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 266 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 24% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 74.7/100, a mean average of 74.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 74.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.3.

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95/100
From 07/11/2020 13:49
One of the most underrated albums of all time. Excellent from start to finish.
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From 01/18/2019 04:01
Dad rock - by numbers.
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80/100
From 07/14/2018 15:20
Super underrated! Probably the most personal Who album right next to Quadrophenia. Very confessional lyrics and the band plays with passion. Daltrey really sings the shit out of Pete’s lyrics on this one!
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80/100
From 01/23/2017 01:10
Favoritas: Squeeze Box, Success Story, Imagine A Man, Dreaming From The Waist
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90/100
From 10/28/2016 16:24
I never understood those who love to bash this album. It is chock full o' great cuts and Roger really puts his heart and soul into delivering them.
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90/100
From 07/31/2016 20:09
I know I'm in the minority on this, but I think this is The Who's best album next to Quadrophenia. Highly underrated. Other commenters are correct - it does feel like a Townshend solo album, but Roger's vocals make it much more than just that.
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75/100
From 05/01/2016 16:46
The Who by numbers, is essentially a Pete Townshend solo album in all but name. This is Townshend at his most confessional and self loathing, although Roger Daltrey wraps his tonsils around them with an enthusiastic sincerity, even on some of the more less 'manly' lyrics shall we say. It's a good record with some excellent songs, squeeze box, was the big hit from the album, a jokey country number. Elsewhere there's the opener, slip kid, the excellent, how many friends, and, the self pitying, however much I booze. Best song on the album though is the beautiful, blue,red and grey, a lovely song, one of Townshend's most gorgeous melodies. The playing is great, but as I said earlier, it really does feel like a solo album rather than a band, still, it's a good LP from a band who should have probably called it a day after their last record, quadrophenia.
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60/100
From 02/15/2015 15:08
Best Track: Squeeze Box
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45/100
From 01/08/2015 20:26
What happened to the Who to make this travesty? After the greatest streak of albums in the history of music they made a boring, placid, and unadventurous work. Almost as bad as Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Hate to say this about my favorite band, but seriously, not worth anyone's time.
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95/100
From 01/20/2014 06:58
This is their most enjoyable album for me. The only track I really don't care for is Squeeze Box, but that's probably just a silly personal annoyance for which I can blame my prude of a mother. This album obviously wasn't nearly as influential as their more highly rated stuff, but I think it's really genius. Its tracks work so consistently well with one another, and to me it almost feels like a concept album, atmospherically. Each song works just as well independently, too, though. And I completely agree with Hermes_requite about the remarkable lyricism. Overall it's just such a likable album.
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Best Albums of 1975
1. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
2. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan
3. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
4. A Night At The Opera by Queen
5. Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
6. Another Green World by Brian Eno
7. Horses by Patti Smith
8. Tonight's The Night by Neil Young
9. Fleetwood Mac (1975) by Fleetwood Mac
10. Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith
11. Mothership Connection by Parliament
12. The Hissing Of Summer Lawns by Joni Mitchell
13. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John
14. The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett
15. The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan & The Band
16. Young Americans by David Bowie
17. Sabotage by Black Sabbath
18. Zuma by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
19. Expensive Shit by Fela Kuti & Africa 70
20. Katy Lied by Steely Dan
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