One Direction 'Best Song Ever' a Rip Off of The Who's 'Baba O'Riley'?
Is One Direction's 'Best Song Ever' a rip off of The Who classic 'Baba O'Riley'? Critics are blasting 1D songwriters for the BSE similarities with The Who song. Listen to the intros to both songs. Do you think they sound the same? When One Direction first released "Best Song Ever," some immediately noticed the similarity between the opening of their new song and The Who classic "Baba O'Riley."
Most Directioners probably didn't pick up on it because The Who isn't exactly landing on many of their playlists, but music critics were quick to point out the similarities.
In fact, someone created a YouTube video that puts each song's opening to the test.
And, yep...the two definitely sound pretty close at the beginning.
Sure, the "Baba O'Riley" intro stretches out a bit longer than 1D's quick and poppy opening, but the similarities are undeniable.
It's safe to say that the writers of "Best Song Ever" were heavily inspired by The Who tune.
Beyond the opening chords and similar timing, however, the comparisons between "BSE" and "Baba O'Riley" definitely end pretty quickly.
Website Clickmusic noted in their review: "Since Sony decided to recruit some of the most creatively barren songwriters in the industry, we find the 1D team resorting to plagiarism once again as The Who's 'Baba O'Riley' is sterilized and repackaged for fans who probably don't know any better. And someone should call Trading Standards over the song title because this represents the laziest, most mind-numbing trends in modern pop."
Do you think the "Best Song Ever" ripped off the opening tune of "Baba O'Riley?"