7. The Who - 'Quadrophenia'
Most people see The Who's 1971 album Who's Next as an absolute masterpiece, but to Pete Townshend, it's merely proof that he was unable to achieve his dream of completing his crazily ambitious Lifehouse project. When he recovered from the trauma of that experience, he turned his creative energies towards a new rock opera about a young Who fan named Jimmy in 1964. He's a part of the Mod scene but never feels like he fits in with his friends or family. He jumps on a train and heads to Brighton, but things only seem to get worse. Unlike Tommy, the story on Quadrophenia is pretty easy to follow and kids all over the planet related to Jimmy's angst. There was no massive single like "Pinball Wizard," but many Who fans see it as the group's finest work. It also would never have worked on a single album. There's simply too much story to tell.