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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Who's Best Album?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

November 15, 2013 3:00 PM ET
The Who My Generation Who’s Next The Who By Numbers It’s Hard
The Who: 'My Generation', 'Who’s Next', 'The Who By Numbers', 'It’s Hard'
Courtesy of Brunswick Records; Decca Records; Polydor Records; Warner Bros. Records

The Who are releasing a super deluxe edition of their 1969 landmark album Tommy next week, and Roger Daltrey recently told us that the group is plotting their "last big tour" in 2015. "We intend to go on doing music until we drop," he said. "But we have to be realistic about our age. The touring is incredibly grinding on the body and we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere."

See Where 'Who's Next' Ranks on Our 500 Greatest Albums List

Now we have a question for you: What is your favorite Who album? We're going to count the 11 legit studio albums like The Who by Numbers and Face Dances along with essential compilations like Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy and Odds and Sods. We'd also be crazy to not count Live at Leeds. Vote for whatever album you want, but please only vote once and only for a single album. 

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter using the hashtag #weekendrock.

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