Tommy (studio album) by The Who

Tommy by The Who
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 235th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 1,428 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1969 (11th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (39th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (235th)
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The Who bestography

Tommy is ranked 3rd best out of 48 albums by The Who on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Who is Who's Next which is ranked number 40 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 24,182.

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Tommy track list

  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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Rating: 86 (243 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 78 (222 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 84 (223 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 83 (221 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 85 (235 votes)Comments: 1
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Rating: 78 (210 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 82 (225 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 81 (212 votes)Comments: 4
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Rating: 71 (210 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 90 (433 votes)Comments: 6
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Rating: 80 (206 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 71 (186 votes)Comments: 3
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Rating: 85 (237 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 79 (202 votes)Comments: 1
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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 1,428 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.8/100, a mean average of 79.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.4.

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From 02/11/2024 22:02
TBC…

Album Rating:

17.05.1969

The Who (UK): Tommy

1.Overture. 72
2.It's A Boy. N/a. 68. N/a
3.1921. 73
4.Amazing Journey. 72
5.Sparks. 67
6.Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker). 77
7.Christmas. 67
8.Cousin Kevin. 63
9.The Acid Queen. 63
10.Underture
11.Do You Think It's Alright?
12.Fiddle About
13.Pinball Wizard
14.There's A Doctor
15.Go To The Mirror!
16.Tommy Can You Hear Me?
17.Smash The Mirror
18.Sensation
19.Miracle Cure
20.Sally Simpson
21.I'm Free
22.Welcome
23.Tommy's Holiday Camp
24.We're Not Gonna Take It
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Rating:  
80/100
From 03/02/2023 14:01
There is some great stuff on here but it too inconsistent to be ranked amongst the greatest albums of all time. 1921, Overture, Sally Simpson, We're Not Gonna Take It and Pinball Wizard are fantastic and bulk up the album really well. The storyline and concept are unique and are enjoyable to look into as they explore interesting themes but they do get lost in the lyrics at times. This leads to some songs which sound like words are being forced to match with the flow of the music which makes it sound disjointed. Overall, if the album was consistent this would be their greatest record without a doubt.
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50/100
From 03/11/2022 11:05
Some good tracks but way too many embarrassing duffers in the lyrics. The story is too clear and reads like a book. First tommy's dad is killed and then..... etc. Quadrophenia blurs the story and its way better for that alone - as well as having no duff tracks. Still, good that they did the duff one first and then improved it I guess. Imagine if it was the other way round !
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100/100
From 02/03/2022 12:48
Love this Opera Rock; great stuff, absolutely to be listened from the beginning till the end, not piece by piece.
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90/100
From 01/17/2022 11:37
I love this album by The Who (their best in 60s). This is too long and tracks like Fiddle About and Cousin Kevin are not necessary and they are the lowest points for me. The rest is good, I especially like Acid Queen, Christmas, 1921. Pinball Wizard is the best and all-time great track.
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85/100
From 11/15/2021 19:29
I'm a sucker for a Rock Opera. This is one of the great influencers of the musicals, operas, and concepts that I love most. While things that have come since are more polished and logical, this pioneer of a great era can't be forgotten.
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75/100
From 05/12/2021 22:35
Decent concept album. Bit mild in rock terms compared to their other albums but worthy of pulling out for a listen every now and then.
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85/100
From 05/07/2021 13:40
One of the best rock operas of all time.
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40/100
From 03/13/2021 18:08
The concept of the album is frail, and the music isn't much better
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70/100
From 02/18/2021 17:26
some very good stuff
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