One Direction blasted into the global pop marketplace beginning in late 2011 after finishing third in the seventh season of X Factor. They quickly became the world's biggest boy band and began climbing the ranks of the top boy bands of all time. This is an introduction to their music and a guide to their 10 best songs.
One Direction covered Blondie's "One Way Or Another" and the Undertones' "Teenage Kicks" in this 2013 recording released as an official Comic Relief charity single. Their performance is strong and instantly bridges generations bringing the energy of late 1970s punk to an entirely new generation of music fans.
2. "Kiss You"
"Kiss You" is an effortlessly fun track from the Take Me Home album. It is uptempo and driven by pop guitar. The song became One Direction's sixth top 10 pop hit in the UK upon release as a single in late January 2013. The accompanying video cleverly spoofs a number of teen oriented movie genres.
"What Makes You Beautiful" is the single that started it all for One Direction. According to the upbeat lyrics, a girl overwhelmed the guys in One Direction simply by flipping her hair, but she didn't understand she is beautiful. "What Makes You Beautiful" was a #1 smash hit and landed in the top 5 in the US. The song has sold over four million copies in the US.
This song is the first written by Ed Sheeran and recorded by One Direction. It is a ballad whose production gives One Direction a classic boy band ballad sound. One Direction member Harry Styles met Ed Sheeran through a mutual musician friend. "Moments" is a song Ed Sheeran had no intention of recording himself.
5. "One Thing"
"One Thing" has one of the most instantly catchy choruses of all of One Direction's hits. It was the third consecutive top 10 pop hit for the group at home in the UK and is included on the Up All Night album. It has sold over a million copies in the US and landed in the top 15 at mainstream pop radio. The music video pays homage to the Beatles in its depiction of an energetic day in London for the group members.
6. "I Would"
"Live While We're Young" was the first single from the album Take Me Home and finds One Direction in a party mood. The song landed at #3 on the pop singles charts in both the US and the UK. It was a top 10 smash almost everywhere else in the world. "Live While We're Young" successfully laid the groundwork for the album Take Me Home to hit #1 around the world.