The Who's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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21. "My Wife" ('Who’s Next', 1971)

After getting into an argument with his wife, Alison, Entwistle took his dogs for a walk. By the time he returned home, he had this tune mapped out – "one of those instant songs," he said. He played bass, piano and horns on the thunderous track. And the deadpan lyrics – about a spouse who goes on a murderous tear after hearing her husband might have had an affair – are quintessential Entwistle. "She always thought it was very funny," he said of Alison’s reaction to "My Wife." "She always had the ambition to come on and hit me over the head with a rolling pin halfway through it when I was doing it onstage."

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