The Who's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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16. "So Sad About Us" ('A Quick One', 1966)

"I think it's a terrific number," Townshend said of "So Sad About Us" in 1966. "We do it onstage – but the final record was nothing like the original demo disc I made of it." The Who recorded this prim breakup tune in 1966, though it was originally written for the Merseys, a band that shared the Who's manager and had a hit with a Townshend-produced version of the song that same year. With an intro that recalls the ringing guitars of the Byrds, it's one of the more vulnerable moments of the band's breakneck early years. It wasn't released as a single, but it's been covered by fans from the Jam to the Breeders.

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