The Who's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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43. "I Can't Reach You" ('The Who Sell Out', 1967)

With its original title, "See, Feel, Hear You," anticipating "See Me, Feel Me," this rapturous, yearning pop gem was written by Townshend shortly before he adopted Meher Baba as his spiritual adviser. Describing his frame of mind at the time, Townshend later admitted, "I can say without pretensions that I was looking for someone." The song's lyrics, meanwhile, are intriguingly ambiguous about whether the object of his desire is spiritual or sexual. It was also one of the first songs that Townshend wrote on piano; he happily recalled that its refreshing simplicity was "caused by my inability to play!"

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