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The Who

I Can'T Explain

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Punk
  • Space
  • Musical
song from
  • 1965
  • 2012
  • 1968
  • 1979
  • 2010

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“I Can’t Explain” is a song released by English rock band The Who in 1965, written by Pete Townshend and produced by Shel Talmy. It was released as the A-side of the first single the band released as “The Who” (the first single, I’m the Face/Zoot Suit, was released as the High Numbers). “I Can’t Explain” was also released as the opening song of The Who’s 1971 compilation album Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy. In the liner notes, Townshend notes the song’s similarity to its contemporary hit single “All Day and All of the Night” by The Kinks: “It can’t be beat for straightforward Kink copying. There is little to say about how I wrote this. It came out of the top of my head when I was 18 and a half.“ The Who used “I Can’t Explain” throughout their live... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Can't explain ... I know what it means but ... Try to say it to you

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This song is listed #371 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Popular in Rock (See Charts): Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway To Heaven, Beat It, Give In To Me, Wherever You Will Go, Stigmatized, Nothing'S Changed, Hotel California, Imagine, and Nothing Else Matters.


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