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The Who's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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32. "You Better You Bet" ('Face Dances', 1981)

"A surprise hit single for us," Townshend said. "We even went back on Top of the Pops." Tough and to the point, "You Better You Bet" reflects the way Townshend's enthusiasm for punk rock was tightening his songwriting. Addressed to his new girlfriend, it also hits a note of sly nostalgia when Daltrey sings about getting drunk "to the sound of old T. Rex." Daltrey, who has compared the song's bouncing melody to Elvis Presley, considers it a lone bright spot on 1981's Face Dances, their first album after the death of Moon: "'You Better You Bet' is still one of my favorite songs of all."

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