When One Direction released “Best Song Ever”, some fans felt it was too similar to The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”. The Who’s Pete Townsend reacted to the resemblance. Notably, one of the two songs was a much bigger hit than the other.
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during an interview with mtv newsIn this article, producer Julian Bunetta discussed the similarities between “Best Song” and “Baba O’Reilly”. “Well, I mean it starts with a synth and ‘Baba O’Riley’ starts with a synth,” Bunetta said. “I mean it’s a huge compliment because if he could spark that same enthusiasm it’s amazing but he wasn’t… we weren’t saying ‘Okay, let’s rip Baba O’Reilly’ two.”
Bunetta said he wasn’t sure what inspired “Best Song”, but it wasn’t “Baba O’Riley”. He said he realized “Best Song Ever” sounded like “Baba O’Riley”. They tried to make sure the “best song” didn’t infringe on anyone’s copyright.
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According to Rolling stone, Townshend had no problem with “best song ever”. “I love singles,” he said. “I like One Direction.” He denied an online rumor that he wanted to take legal action over the “best song”.
Townshend rejected the idea that the chords in the songs were too similar. “The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we all use in basic pop music because Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry have made it clear that fancy chords mean There isn’t great music – not always,” he said. “I’m Still Writing Songs That Sound Like ‘Baba O’Riley’ — Or I’m Trying To!”
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Also, Townshend liked the idea that it might have inspired One Direction. “I’m happy to think they may have been a little bit influenced by The Who,” he said. “I’m just relieved that they’re not all wearing boiler suits and Doc Martens, or Union Jack jackets.” Townshend was referencing some of the iconic outfits members of The Who wore during their heyday.
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“Best Song Ever” was far more successful. it reached number 2 billboard hot 100, remained on the chart for 21 weeks. It was One Direction’s highest charting single in the United States. official chart company Reports that it was a success in the UK as well. It peaked at number 2 in the UK for 28 weeks on the chart. “Best Song Ever” was a real hit – even if it sounds like “Baba O’Riley”.