Tommy (studio album) by The Who

Tommy by The Who
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 232nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 1,367 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1969 (12th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (38th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (232nd)
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The Who bestography

Tommy is ranked 3rd best out of 46 albums by The Who on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Who is Who's Next which is ranked number 39 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 28,413.

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Tommy track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 80 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Rating: 86 (223 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 78 (204 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 83 (202 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 83 (201 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 85 (213 votes)Comments: 1
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Rating: 78 (190 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 82 (202 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 81 (193 votes)Comments: 4
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Rating: 71 (193 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 90 (411 votes)Comments: 6
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Rating: 80 (187 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 71 (172 votes)Comments: 3
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Rating: 82 (189 votes)Comments: 1
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Rating: 85 (216 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 79 (184 votes)Comments: 1
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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 1,367 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 80.9/100, a mean average of 79.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.5.

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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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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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80/100
From 11/27/2020 05:45
Album is easy to listen to, tells a messy but interesting story and has a few catchy tunes. Nothing spectacular, but solid and enjoyable.
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60/100
From 11/17/2020 18:12
"One track album"

No entiendo porqué este disco es tan aclamado. A mi parecer tiene una obra de arte que es "Pinball Wizard" pero lo demás no deja de ir de lo bueno a lo regular. Hay que escucharlo porque es uno de los mayores discos en la historia del rock, pero sabiendo eso, si uno no es fanático de los who, termina dando sueño...
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