The Who's 50 Greatest Songs

From power-pop anthems to operatic epics to stadium-size rockers and beyond

50. "Boris the Spider" ('A Quick One', 1966)

"He was a very strange fellow," Townshend said of Entwistle. "I loved John, obviously, for his eccentricities." The first song Entwistle wrote for the Who bowled the band over, highlighting his dark, absurdist sense of humor and distinct playing style. Never released as a single, it still became the group's most requested live song. According to Townshend, it was also Jimi Hendrix's favorite Who song, which shouldn't be all that surprising. "What's interesting in our group is that the roles are reversed," Townshend said. "John's the lead guitar."