It’s time to reminisce about what is arguably the biggest boy band of the 2010s. It’s time to countdown the top 5ive songs from One Direction.
Formed on the 2010 season of the British version of “The X Factor,” the foursome that was a fivesome literally shook the music scene during their first six years before they took a well deserve hiatus. So let’s get started!
5. “Best Song Ever”
This song signaled a change in style for 1D. They slowly to transition to a more mature sound. They moved away from “Bubblegum pop” like their first two albums and their new sound was mature and kind of retro using different band influences to create a new song that really wasn’t on the radio. “Best Song Ever” was probably the last truly “bubblegum pop” song that the did and was the best way to get their fans and the mainstream radio into their sound. Oh, this was the song also started the “One Direction ripped of insert classic song.”
4. “Little Things”
Written by Ed Sheeran, “Little Things” was the first ballad to showcase what they could do as a ground on slow numbers. It’s a love song about loving every little thing about a person. Every guy has a part and it’s truly the best. It’s a simple song that will make anyone’s heart melt. It was a perfectly crafted pop ballad. Luckily, it wouldn’t be the last.
3. “Drag Me Down”
Their first song without Zayn in the group and they pretty much proved that they really didn’t need him. Zayn leaving actually proved to let Niall and Louis voice be more prominent. It also showed that it wasn’t going to change anything about them. “Drag Me Down” was the perfect way to show they were standing strong together and keep what made them a hit that they were. The best part of the song? Niall’s vocals on the chorus.
2. “What Makes You Beautiful”
“What Makes You Beautiful” is such a catchy song. The beat is infectious like a bad case of herpes. Everyone heard it and knew the words to it. It was the song that you couldn’t get out of your head even if you tried. They also started the stereotypical boy bands performing at the beach while looking adorable and attainable. It was the start of panties flying at them. They were young British males that were attractive and could sing. They would be swimming in panties.
1. “Story of My Life”
Probably the most iconic ballad by 1D, “Story of My Life” is the best song that group has released next to “What Makes You Beautiful.” The only reason this song is higher is based on the fact that it was a song that everyone liked. It was a well crafted pop song that you couldn’t help but like, even if you didn’t listen to pop music. “Story of My Life” was a masterpiece.
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It’s time to go into the arena as it’s time for another edition of “Pop Project Versus.” We are going to battle as it’s the Battle of One Direction. That is right, We have the first single from all five original members and now it’s time to see who’s first single will reign supreme in the kingdom of Directioners. Yes, Zayn is in this because he was still in the band.
So here’s how this is going to work. Unlike previous battles, we will doing this in a countdown listing. The singles will be ranked by chart performance in the UK. If there is a tie, then we will go into the US Billboard Hot 100. So let’s rank the One Direction solo singles.
5. “This Town” by Niall Horan
The lowest in the chart of any of the solo singles, Niall’s first song “This Town.” came in on the UK Single Charts at number 9. He’s also the only member not be in the top five, which is sad because it’s a very beautiful song. It could be because it’s not pop like the music in One Direction. It’s more folk pop, which honestly just suits him better than anyone expected.
4. “Strip That Down” by Liam Payne
While Liam’s song is the newest of the solo singles, “Strip That Down” made it to the third spot on the UK Single Charts. Apparently Liam’s promise of full frontal nudity if it goes to number one didn’t help with promotion. It’s the weakest of the single but at the same time, it’s the most catchy besides the single at number one. It also pissed off the directioners, which is why it wasn’t number one. It will be interesting to see what Liam’s album will be like. Click here for my full review of “Strip That Down.”
3. “Just Hold On” by Louis Tomlinson
While I didn’t do a review of “Just Hold On,” I think it’s safe to say that Louis’ single with his friend Steve Aoki totally came out of left field. It was a style that I didn’t think he would take. I figured that Louis would have taken a pop rock route and not the EDM/Dance pop. It’s amazing song either way. So amazing that it made it to number two on the UK Single Charts. It’s an uplifting dance song and who doesn’t love that?
2. “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles
Now the next to singles were a tie on the UK Single Chart. Harry single was something that we’ve been wanting for months and months. It was something that we knew was coming but wasn’t sure when. “Sign of the Times” was everything we expected out of a Harry Style’s single. It made it to number one on the UK Single Chart and number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s classic soft rock/pop song but it’s not as good as the song at number one. Click here for all of my reviews of Harry Styles’ solo work.
1. “Pillowtalk” by Zayn
The first member to leave the group and make release a solo single “Pillowtalk” leads the way and is the pinnacle of their solo singles. Zayn’s first single was/is everything. It was something that wasn’t expected of him. It said fuck and was about sex, something that One Direction never covered. The chorus got stuck in your head for days. It was so good that it was number one on both the UK Single Chart and US Billboard Hot 100. Zayn is still proving being the best solo act that came out of One Direction. Click here for all of my reviews of Zayn’s solo work.
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It’s time to get sultry as the innocent one of One Direction let his thirsty show in his brand new single. That’s right, little Niall Horan is horny with his slow hands and he’s telling the world.
“Slow Hands” is way different from his first single “This Town.” The song is more of funk pop rock mix that’s beat is slow. The beat is a sexy slow beat that for stripping. I’m pretty sure that Niall made this song for people to strip too. The beat is pretty much teasing you until it hits the chorus. There, it gets a little faster. I like the change in genre for Niall, he really shows off what he can do musically. It fits him well. It showcase that he can sing different styles and genres with no problems. The part that really shines is the middle the song because just carries the song into the climax so nicely and signals the part where it’s the “oh, yeah” part of the song. Pretty much, it’s the part where they get it on.
His vocals on the song are great. His vocals are deeper which just adds to the sex of the song. These vocals are way better than what he did in “This Town.” His vocal shows more growth and it’s rather shocking that One Direction didn’t use him more on vocals. While it’s been known that he was one of the sleeper vocalist toward the end of their tenure, this song proves it. Niall vocals is pretty much best part of the song. Without the deeper vocals, the song wouldn’t be as nearly as sexual. It’s kind of like his musical balls dropped, so to speak.
The lyrics are probably the bow that ties everything together. They are seductive and don’t try to hide the fact that the song is about hooking up with someone. Here’s the second verse “I just wanna take my time/We could do this, baby, all night, yeah/’Cause I want you bad/Yeah, I want you, baby.” If this sound is taking about sex, then I don’t know what is. And the song even has the girl, sorry guys, putting the moves on Niall and wanting to go back to her place. He put a lot of thought into these lyrics. Probably some long lonely nights of writing.
Overall, the song itself is something extremely well thought out and arranged very well. Everything just adds to the song and makes it better. There isn’t one aspect that shines more than the other.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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Last Month, One Direction released their latest album entitled “Made in the AM.”
Honestly, it was a rather refreshing album. I wasn’t a big fan of their last two album, mainly due to the fact it seemed like it was the Liam, Harry, and Zayn show with guest appearances by Niall and Louis. It felt more like a group album because everyone is heard and is showcased where it didn’t feel like one overpowered the others. It was also more pop, like how “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home.” Don’t get me wrong “Four” and “Midnight Memories” wasn’t bad albums, it just they felt….let’s be real: It felt like they were trying to Zayn in the group to be slightly less poppy.
“Perfect” is one of my favorites of the album, mainly due to it’s tongue and cheek knock at T-Swizzle, also it’s rather catchy. Sidenote: if you haven’t heard the stripped version of “Perfect,” you are missing out because it’s the shiz. Their ode to hookups, “Temporary Fix,” is another favorite of mine…it’s just a fun song.
Lyrically, it’s one of their strongest albums. 1D’s self written songs haven always been great but this album’s lyrics take it to another level
The only complaint I have with the album is that the placement of the songs is slightly off. Like it could be a catchy pop song then 4 ballads then back to a catchy pop song with not really a transition song (like a catchy pop ballad that isn’t too fast nor too slow). That is just me being picky too.
I highly recommend this album, especially if you are new to 1D, because it’s the perfect album to go on a “hiatus” on.
Rating: 4 Harry Styles tats out of 5
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