8. 'Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy'
The overwhelming success of Tommy and Who's Next brought the Who a huge new army of fans, and many of them weren't around during their initial hit-making period in the 1960s. Also, many of their early classics ("I Can't Explain," "The Seeker," "Substitute") weren't available on any album. It was common practice in the 1960s for bands to churn out regular singles, leaving many of them off their albums. All of this made it perfectly logical to package up their early work on a single album and drop it in stores right in time for the Christmas buying season. The album was a big success. Many, many compilations followed, but this was the first.