The Who's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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40. "Heaven and Hell" (Non-album B-side, 1970)

The Who opened nearly every gig on their 1970 Tommy tour with Entwistle's hard-driving "Heaven and Hell," a death-obsessed tune that served as a kind of energetic warm-up for the band. "I basically wanted to write a song with a big subject, an important subject rather than spiders or drunks," said Entwistle. "The original version ... had a different chorus. It was basically 'I'd much rather stay in the middle with my friends because I don't like the sound of either of them.' I still don't. I don't fancy hell or heaven." The bassist also recorded a version of the song on his 1971 solo album, Smash Your Head Against the Wall.

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