I had no idea it was even a controversy. Apparently “The Best Song Ever” is getting some heat for it’s similarities to the Who’s classic rock anthem “Baba O’Riley.” I find it difficult to believe that One Direction fans even know who the Who is and vice versa, but the issue has become contentious enough that Pete Townshend, himself, felt the need to comment. “No! I like the single. I like One Direction,” he said recently in a statement. “The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we’ve all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don’t mean great music – not always. I’m still writing songs that sound like Baba O’Riley – or I’m trying to! It’s a part of my life and a part of pop’s lineage. One Direction are in my business, with a million fans, and I’m happy to think they may have been influenced a little bit by The Who. I’m just relieved they’re all not wearing boiler suits and Doc Martens, or Union Jack jackets. Why would I not be happy about this kind of tribute?” A million fans. Ha. Listen to them both above, and if you don’t have the patience to sit through the boys (endless) shenanigans, the song starts at the 2:10 mark.