The Who just served up its highest charting album since 1981. The new collection, tiled, WHO, has entered the UK charts at Number Three, marking the band's biggest hit since 1981's Face Dances. The band was blocked from the top spot by Robbie Williams' The Christmas Present, which sits at Number Two, and the Who's longtime buddy Rod Stewart, who tops the British charts this week with You're In My Heart: Rod Stewart With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Who's last studio set, 2006's Endless Wire, only got as high as Number Nine in Britain. The band's career best in their homeland was in 1971 when Who's Next peaked at Number One. The Who has yet to top the American albums charts -- with 1973's Quadrophenia, 1978's Who Are You, and 1981's Face Dances all stalling at Number Two. WHO will debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the week ending December 21st -- with its entire fanbase waiting with bated breath to see if the Who will at last snag the till-now elusive Number One honors.

Roger Daltrey told us he believes the Who's new music easily stands tall alongside the band's most beloved material: "I think it's some of our best work since the '70s. I would've liked a bit more time on it, 'cause we did it in a bit of a rush, 'cause it was supposed to be out in July and they pushed the date back for release 'til now. But, all in all, I'm pleased with it. It's good. It's really good stuff. It shows that Pete hasn't lost his bite as a writer -- as a songwriter. Which is important, y'know, he's just not a product stuck in the '60s -- he's very much a man of today."

Daltrey went on to underline that just as Pete Townshend's songs chronicled the unease of shedding adolescence, and then mined the depths of the middle-age -- he's now casting light on how to grow old in today's world -- especially in songs like the new "Rockin' In Rage": "We're in very strange, troubled times. And I think the album expresses -- especially where we are in our years, y'know? Pete's 74, I'm 75 -- I'm going to be 76 next year. I mean, it's not an easy world to adapt to for old people, and I think some of these songs really do address what it feels like to be where we are in this modern world. 'I don't think I ever felt so out in the margin (laughs) '. . . I'm too old to fight the machetes and blades,' I mean, that couldn't be truer, y'know?"