If you’re trying to figure out the song in this new Mazda commercial it is probably not because you don’t know it. Baba O’Riley by The Who is massively popular and is in fact No. 349 on Rolling Stone”s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. But since the commercial only uses the musical intro and none of the lyrics, you may find yourself in an “I know this but I can’t quite put my finger on it” situation.
Another reason why this song may be a little tricky is that some people mistakenly believe it to be called Teenage Wasteland. The title of the song is a combination of the song’s philosophical and musical influences, Meher Baba (an Indian mystic who claimed to be God in human form) and Terry Riley (an American composer of electronic music). Teenage Wasteland was the working title but then became the title of completely different Pete Townshend song, just to make things a little more confusing.
So now that you know the story behind the title of the 349th greatest song of all time, check out this video of The Who performing at the 2010 Super Bowl halftime show. Still rocking after 46 years together.