The Who's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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47. "Going Mobile" ('Who's Next', 1971)

This exuberant Townshend-sung track was originally intended for a car-chase sequence in Lifehouse but ended up on Who's Next. It was inspired, Townshend has said, by "me riding around in the mobile caravan I've bought." Capturing the feel of driving in an air-conditioned auto, leaving the "police and the tax man" behind, the track featured another of Townshend's early forays into technology: his acoustic guitar run through what he called "one of the original crude guitar synthesizers. …It sounds just like a duck, doesn't it?"

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