500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The Who, 'Tommy'
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96/500

96. The Who, 'Tommy'

Decca, 1969

"Rock opera" is one way to describe this exploration of childhood trauma, sexual abuse, repression and spiritual release. Here's another way: the slash and thunder of "My Generation" blown wide open. Driven by Keith Moon's hellbent drumming, the Who surge and shine, igniting the drama in Pete Townshend's melodies.

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