If you haven’t heard of One Direction, you either don’t pay attention to new music or you’ve just woken up from a coma. (If you’ve been in a coma, welcome back. They just released the iPhone 5s and New Kids on the Block got back together!)
One Direction is a boy band that was put together by Simon Cowell on the United Kingdom’s X Factor. While each of the boys auditioned individually, Cowell put them together to make the picture perfect boy band. It is made up of Harry Styles, Zany Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan.
Styles has recently made news by dating Taylor Swift but the two broke up in January. Swift allegedly penned a song after him titled, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble.’
In August, it was announced that Malik had proposed to his girlfriend, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.
While Tomlinson hasn’t made headlines for girlfriends or being engaged, he did cause a stir when he was part of a Twitter war with the band The Wanted. While more than one member of The Wanted were part of the Twitter war, Tomlinson was the only member of One Direction to speak up.
Payne made news recently by being a hero. The member saved his friend from a burning balcony then rushed to the hospital with him.
Horan hasn’t been in the tabloids as much as the other boys, however, he was rumored to have been dating Ellie Goulding. The two traded twitter flirtation and compliments. The relationship has yet to been confirmed or denied.
Outside of their personal lives, the boys have had multiple hits with the band, They have a big following of screaming fans. These fans, ‘Directioners’ have given the band over 15 million followers on Twitter and the group recently released a documentary based on their lives.
Below are the top ten songs by the band.
10. ’Gotta Be You’
‘Gotta Be You’ was released in 2011. In the music video, the boys wonder down the road, drive, walk around the fire, and ride a train. The song is simple, it talks about needing one specific girl. The music video has more than 112 million views.
9. ’Up All Night’
‘Up All Night’ is a fun tune about staying up all night (obviously) and hanging out with a girl. The boys haven’t made a music video for the song, however, their second CD was named after this song. They even give Katy Perry a little shout out.
‘Moments’ is a relatively sad song but still romantic. In the song, a girl leaves the boy (or dies, I’m unsure) and he is singing about how he just has one more thing to say about it. The group performed it on The Today Show and many of the girls in the audience were seen sobbing.
7. ’Kiss You’
‘Kiss You,’ by far, has the funniest music video that the boys have made. In it, they dress up in costumes and play around. They surf, ski, drive around, dress like sailors and prisoners. I’m not quite a Directioner but I do have to admit, it is really, really fun to jam to ‘Kiss You’ in the car. It is quite catchy.
6. ’They Don’t Know About Us’
To write this top ten list, I had to listen to all of the One Direction songs because, honestly, I only knew a few before. Hands down, ‘They Don’t Know About Us’ is one of the most romantic songs that the band sings. This song tells the story about a guy standing up for his girlfriend and relationship to a society that doesn’t support the relationship. It is sweet.
5. ’One Thing’
‘One Thing’ has a music video with the guys just playing around throughout the streets. They pose with fans, they show screaming fans and they play on giant bouncy balls. Now, if we could only figure out what the one thing is.
4. ’Best Song Ever’
‘Best Song Ever’ is not the best song ever. (Sorry guys.) The music video is a giant commercial for their film. So how did this song get to be number four on the list? Because it is so catchy! It’s too bad that they’re talking about the best song ever but they can’t remember what it is called.
3. ’Live While We’re Young’
One critique that I have for One Direction is that their music videos are very alike. It isn’t too bad but the ‘One Thing’ music video and the ‘Live While We’re Young’ video have close concepts- complete with more bouncy balls. The boys also talking about staying up late in this song too. I mean, after three songs about staying up late, you’d think they’d be pretty tired.
2. Little Things
‘Little Things’ has a black and white music video that features the boys in the recording studio. It has more than 123 million views on YouTube. The song tells the story about why they love a certain things about her.
1. ’That’s What Makes You Beautiful’
‘That’s What Makes You Beautiful’ is basically a sped up version of ‘Little Things.’ They talk about why they love a girl even though she doesn’t love parts of herself. In the music video, the guys are at the beach but all wearing actual pants when they get in the water. Come on guys, you’re rich. Get a wetsuit or something.