Tommy (studio album) by The Who

Tommy
Tommy by The Who
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 224th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 1,328 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1969 (12th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (36th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (224th)
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The Who 1975 Tommy Gala European Premiere Ticket Stub (UK)
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The Who. Tommy . Vinyl LP’s, parts 1& 2.. track Records 2606007 & 2406008. VG/VG
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Tommy *original soundtrack *LP *record *Polydor *PD 2 9502 *VG+ *1975 *The Who
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The Who bestography

Tommy is ranked 3rd 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 37 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 30,735.

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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 (212 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 78 (194 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 84 (191 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 82 (190 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 85 (203 votes)Comments: 1
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Rating: 78 (180 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 82 (191 votes)Comments: 1
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Rating: 81 (183 votes)Comments: 3
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Rating: 71 (184 votes)Comments: 1
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Rating: 90 (396 votes)Comments: 4
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Rating: 80 (177 votes)Comments: 1
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Rating: 71 (165 votes)Comments: 3
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Rating: 81 (179 votes)Comments: 1
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Rating: 84 (206 votes)Comments: 1
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Rating: 79 (174 votes)Comments: 1
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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 1,328 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 81.0/100, a mean average of 80.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.4.

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85/100
From 4 days ago
One of the best rock operas of all time.
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65/100
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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75/100
From 10/13/2020 03:14
76/100

Best tracks: Overture, Eyesight to the Blind, Underture, Pinball Wizard, Go to the Mirror!,
Worst tracks: Cousin Kevin, Fiddle About
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75/100
From 08/11/2020 21:34
A very ambitious, cohesive album here from the Who that accomplishes it's goal of telling us the story of Tommy - a deaf, dumb and blind kid who is badly abused. Musically, there are some fantastic highs in here - the opening track (mostly instrumental) does an excellent job of setting the stage, and both Pinball Wizard and Go to the Mirror are sublime tracks.

However, there are a lot of tracks here that seem to just move the story along and aren't very interesting or pleasant on their own. And by the end of it, I'm over the "See me, feel me, touch me, heal me" refrain. A bit repetitive. For me, the musicianship of the Who and the album's high points offset this, but I can't help but sympathize a bit with some of teague's comments on this site. Will be interesting to see how my feelings change over time with additional repeat listens on this one.
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40/100
From 07/01/2020 06:04
Tommy sounds extremely dated, not to mention it plays to zero of The Who's strengths, save a track here and there. The last thing I want to hear from The Who is a rock opera. I want some hard rocking bangers! Not a fucking song about Christmas! Like what the hell were they even thinking? Pete Townshend must have had the biggest ego in the world if he thought he could pull this off. And everyone seems to have fed his ego back in the day, with stage adaptations coming out every other second. To be fair, a lot of the music is fine, but it's definitely taking a backseat to the story. Which is definitely the least interesting aspect of this album. Time has not been kind to this album. Oh well, at least they influenced other bands to attempt the same thing. Gotta give it up for Pinball Wizard though, song kicks some serious ass. Unfortunately, every single other track I could easily skip and not lose a wink of sleep.
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75/100
From 08/19/2019 14:46
Awesome album. Pinball Wizard is the best song on there.
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Rating:  
85/100
From 05/20/2018 11:59
The Who's Tommy defined the opera rock genre, one that would be improved later on.
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