Track of the Day: 'Baba O'Riley' by The Who

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A long-time reader, Tim, floats an idea:

Inspired by some recent viewing [specifically the video seen above—the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs opening montage that used The Who’s “Baba Riley,” aka “Teenage Wasteland”], I’m just throwing it out there: What about a “montages” series for Track Of The Day? Suggested ground rules:

1. The scene cannot be straight A-to-B narrative; we have to see multiple settings, characters, events, etc.

2. Ambient sound has to be a part of it — no purely musical soundtrack

3. Any genre allowed: film, TV drama, sports, whatever.

Or a meta-genre: a montage about montages:

If you want to follow Tim’s lead, submit via

(Track of the Day archive here. Pre-Notes archive here.)