Baba O'Riley
Featured in Episode
Top Chart Position (Hot 100)
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Year Released
Who's Next
Pete Townshend
RIAA Certification
Sequence song appears
Opening with Skates skating at beach
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"Baba O'Riley" is a song performed by The Who, recorded on the album Who's Next in 1971. The song appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Out Where the Buses Don't Run".


  • A live version of the song is used on the show, as opposed to the original studio recording. This is the only time this occurs in Miami Vice.
  • Roger Daltrey is the lead singer for all but the middle portion of the song, where Pete Townshend sings the line "Don't cry, don't raise your eye, it's only teenage wasteland". Due to this line and the chorus that follows, many people mistake the title of this song as "Teenage Wasteland".
  • The song is used as the theme to CSI:NY starring Robert Joy (which ran from 2004-2013 with Joy beginning his run in 2005), on which Edward James Olmos guest starred in the seventh season episode "Sangre por Sangre" in 2010. Another song on the Who's Next album, "We Don't Get Fooled Again", was the theme to the Miami-based crime drama, CSI:Miami, that ran from 2002-2012.


  • Roger Daltrey - lead vocal
  • Pete Townshend - backup vocal, guitar, synthesizer, organ
  • Keith Moon - drums
  • John Entwistle - bass guitar
  • Dave Arbus - violin


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Baba O'Riley

"Baba O'Riley" Live

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