Pete Townshend wrote "I Can See for Miles" in 1966 but held back on it for years, thinking it was a guaranteed hit and wanting to save it for the right moment. Much to his chagrin, the song peaked at Number 10 in England and Number Nine in America before quickly falling off the charts. The group rarely played it live, and after Tommy hit in 1969, it was widely forgotten. Over the years, however, its reputation has grown considerably. The complex song is a clear highlight from The Who Sell Out and the aggressive sound was years ahead of its time. Today, it's seen as one of the Who's greatest achievements, even if they've only played once in the past 15 years.