The Who's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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26. "A Legal Matter" ('My Generation', 1965)

Townshend made his vocal debut on "A Legal Matter" – the group's impish ode to divorce. Daltrey, who was married at the time, might've been leery of singing lyrics like "I gain and lose my women fast." Townshend, on the other hand, just looked at the hard-charging B-side to "The Kids Are Alright" as a means of expressing his frustration. "It's terrible feeling like an eligible bachelor but with no women seeming to agree with you," he said. The song was later released as a single in its own right – ironically, the same week in 1966 when Keith Moon married model Kim McLagan.

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