The Who's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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44. "Trick of the Light" ('Who Are You', 1978)

Entwistle wrote songs about men facing things they feared, whether it was a furious spouse ("My Wife"), alcoholism ("Whiskey Man"), a creepy spider ("Boris the Spider") or death ("Heaven and Hell"). Here, he came up with a tune about a man so unsure about his sexual prowess that he hires a prostitute and begs her for an honest assessment of his skills. His thundering bass and growling vocals make this his most overlooked Who track. In the Who Are You liner notes, Townshend describes Entwistle's playing on "Trick of the Light" as sounding like "a musical Mack truck."

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