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500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Who, 'Baba O'Riley'


The Who, 'Baba O'Riley'
349/500

Writer: Pete Townshend
Producers: Glyn Johns, the Who
Released: Aug. '71, MCA
Non-single in U.S.

"Baba O’Riley" (a.k.a. "Teenage Wasteland") takes its name both from Townshend’s spiritual guru, Meher Baba, and minimalist composer Terry Riley, whose work inspired the track’s repetitive electronic textures. The Irish fiddle solo at the end, though, was all Keith Moon’s idea.

Appears on: Who’s Next (MCA)

 
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