Plug In Baby

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"Plug In Baby"
Muse pluginbaby.jpg
Single by Muse
from the album Origin of Symmetry
B-side "Nature_1" (7")
Released March 5, 2001
Recorded 2001 (2001) at Ridge Farm Studio
(Surrey, England)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:39 (album/single version)
3:18 (radio edit)
Label Mushroom
Writer(s) Matthew Bellamy
Muse singles chronology
"Muscle Museum"
"Plug In Baby"
"New Born"
Origin of Symmetry track listing
"Hyper Music"
"Plug In Baby"
"Citizen Erased"

"Plug In Baby" is a song by English alternative rock band Muse. It was released as the lead single from the band's second studio album Origin of Symmetry.

The song became the band's highest-charting single in the UK when it peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart, until it was surpassed by "Time Is Running Out", which peaked at number 8 in 2003.[1] Today, "Plug In Baby" is considered one of Muse's most notable songs, and has been featured on the live albums Hullabaloo Soundtrack (2002) and HAARP (2008).

Background and composition[edit]

"Plug In Baby" is written in the key of D major (although the song does not begin or end on the tonic chord of the key). It's mainly guitar and bass-driven, and moves at a tempo of 136 bpm. The guitar riff is based on the harmonic minor scale.

The beginning of the riff shows similarities to the toccata from Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565".

One of the B-sides to the single, "Execution Commentary", was described by Bellamy as the "worst song I've ever written".[2]


The 1997 studio demo of the song lacked the main riff of the song, although there were numerous similarities in the lyrics and structure. "Plug In Baby" was to be re-recorded under the wishes of Maverick to coincide with the US tour promoting the Origin of Symmetry album. As Maverick wished Matt to tone down the falsetto on the song, Muse left the label and "Plug In Baby", as well as the rest of the album, remained unreleased in the US until 2005.


The song is often praised for its opening guitar riff which Total Guitar magazine readers voted as the number 1 ultimate guitar riff of the 2000s[3] and the 13th best of all-time in 2004.[4] In 2011, named "Plug In Baby" the 46th greatest guitar riff of all time, citing its "play on Bach's 'Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565'."[citation needed]

American rock band Lovedrug included a recording of "Plug In Baby" on their fan-chosen covers album from the I AM LOVEDRUG campaign.[5] The album, titled Best of I AM LOVEDRUG[6] was released on 28 June 2011.[7] The song has been featured on the video games Guitar Hero 5 and Rocksmith.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Plug In Baby" 3:39
2. "Nature_1" 3:40
3. "Execution Commentary" 2:30
4. "Plug In Baby" (music video) 3:41
No. Title Length
1. "Plug In Baby" 3:41
2. "Spiral Static" 4:46
3. "Bedroom Acoustics" 2:37
7" vinyl and compact cassette
No. Title Length
1. "Plug In Baby" 3:39
2. "Nature_1" 3:40



  1. ^ "Muse". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
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  3. ^ "Muse song named greatest riff of the 21st century". The Independent. 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Guns N' Roses top rock riff poll". BBC. 2 May 2004. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Ramirez, Carlos (7 Jun 2011). "Lovedrug Cover Def Leppard's 'Hysteria'". Archived from the original on 23 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lovedrug: I Am Lovedrug". Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lovedrug Release "Best Of I Am Lovedrug" On June 28th". 27 May 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 

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