“Directioners’ parents overhearing One Direction’s new single, “Best Song Ever,” may have thought it sounded like their best song ever growing up: the Who’s “Baba O’Riley” from 1971.
Producer Julian Bunetta opened up to MTV News about the track and that sonic coincidence on Thursday, one day after it leaked prior to its official release on Monday. He said, “Well I mean it starts with a synth and ‘Baba O’Riley’ starts with a synth. I mean that’s a huge compliment because if that can evoke that same excitement than that’s amazing but that was not the… we weren’t saying ‘OK, let’s rip off ‘Baba O’Riley’.'”
He added, “At a certain point we recognized it had the same type of intro where there’s a synth and a piano, but we really tried to make sure that there was no intellectual property stolen or anything like that.“