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Released: Dec. 20, 1965

Rating: 3.968 (average of 18 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Out in the Street [2:30]
  2. I Don’t Mind (Brown) [2:32]
  3. The Good’s Gone (Townshend) - 3:59]
  4. La-La Lies [2:12]
  5. Much Too Much [2:45]
  6. My Generation [3:15]
  7. The Kids Are Alright [2:42]
  8. Please, Please, Please (Brown/Terry) [2:45]
  9. It’s Not True [2:30]
  10. I’m a Man (McDaniel) [3:23]
  11. A Legal Matter [2:47]
  12. The Ox (Entwistle/ Hopkins/ Moon/ Townshend) [3:49]
Tracks by Townshend unless noted otherwise.

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only--
sales in U.K. only - estimated--
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site.--
sales worldwide - estimated--


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 5

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • My Generation (11/5/65) #74 US, #2 UK
  • A Legal Matter (3/24/66) #32 UK
  • The Kids Are Alright (7/66) #41 UK
  • La-La-La Lies (11/11/66) --

Notes: The U.S. version of the album, which was called The Who Sings My Generation, omitted “I’m a Man,” put “The Ox” before “A Legal Matter,” and added “Circles” at the end. The 2002 2-CD Deluxe Version maintains the original UK track listing, adds “Circles” on the end, and then includes a whopping 17 bonus tracks. Among the extras are alternate versions of “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere,” “Instant Party,” “I Don’t Mind,” “The Good’s Gone,” “A Legal Matter,” and two versions of “My Generation.” Also included are “I Can’t Explain,” “Bald Headed Woman,” “Daddy Rollin’ Stone,” “Leaving Here,” “Lubie (Come Back Home),” “Shout and Shimmy,” “Heat Wave,” “Motoring,” and “Anytime You Want Me” (2 versions).


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

My Generation
The Who
“An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. Pete Townshend's exhilarating chord crunches and guitar distortions threaten to leap off the grooves on My Generation and Out in the Street; Keith Moon attacks the drums with a lightning, ruthless finesse throughout. Some ‘Maximum R&B’ influence lingered in the two James Brown covers, but much of Townshend's original material fused Beatlesque hooks and power chords with anthemic mod lyrics, with The Good's Gone, Much Too Much, La La La Lies, and especially The Kids Are Alright being highlights. A Legal Matter hinted at more ambitious lyrical concerns, and The Ox was instrumental mayhem that pushed the envelope of 1965 amplification with its guitar feedback and nonstop crashing drum rolls. While the execution was sometimes crude, and the songwriting not as sophisticated as it would shortly become, the Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record.” RU

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Last updated May 19, 2010.