Baba O’Riley

“Baba O’Riley” (sometimes mistakenly known as “Teenage Wasteland”) is a song by the English rock band The Who. It is the opening track to the band’s studio album Who’s Next, and was issued in Europe as a single on 23 October 1971, coupled with “My Wife”.

Roger Daltrey sings most of the song, with Pete Townshend singing the middle eight: “Don’t cry/don’t raise your eye/it’s only teenage wasteland”. The song’s title is a combination of the names of two of Townshend’s philosophical and musical influences, Meher Baba and Terry Riley.

“Baba O’Riley” was included in Time magazine’s list of the All-Time 100 Songs, Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. It has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including CSI: NY, Miami Vice, House MD and The Peanuts Movie in 2015.

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