The Who's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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41. "Young Man Blues" ('Live at Leeds', 1970)

The Who started playing American jazz-blues singer Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues" in 1964, when they were still the Detours. According to Townshend, the song also inspired his first "My Generation" demo. The Who recorded it during early Tommy sessions, but Townshend decided to include their take on Allison's version of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight to the Blind" instead. By the time the Who recorded what would become Live at Leeds' raging opener (actually the show's fifth song), "Young Man Blues" had evolved into a powerful call-and-response between Daltrey and his bandmates.

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