The Bottom Line
It is not THE "Best Song Ever," but this is arguably One Direction's best song ever, and that is a very good thing. There is a loose playfulness here that was missing on much of the Take Me Home album. Lyrically "Best Song Ever" has its moments of pure silliness, but it is all in good fun. This is a perfect introduction to the boy band's upcoming third studio album.
- Upbeat, playful energy
- Charm that induces smiles
- Classic rock references
- No mistakes here
- Written by Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan
- Produced by Julian Bunetta
- Released July 2013 by Syco
Guide Review - One Direction - "Best Song Ever"
One Direction do seem to enjoy indulging in references to classic rock and punk music. "Live While We're Young" brought back memories of the Clash's "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," and the band covered Blondie's classic "One Way Or Another." Now the opening for the new single "Best Song Ever" is a dead ringer for the Who's "Baba O'Riley (aka Teenage Wasteland)," and for fans of British punk, that single cover for "Best Song Ever" might look familiar. There is more than a passing similarity to the cover of the Jam's 1980 album Sound Affects. Fortunately, One Direction does choose to pay homage to truly outstanding music.
Once we are past the opening memory of the Who, Harry Styles leads us straight into the song with words of awestruck romance. The title appears in the chorus as a memory of the "best song ever" providing the soundtrack for a night dancing with an unforgettable girl. The production here is beefed up giving a pleasing rock feel to the track while remaining pure boy band pop. Liam Payne gets the best and silliest line of the song singing, "Said her name was Georgia Rose, and her daddy was a dentist..." "Best Song Ever" is designed to bring smiles to the faces of pop fans across generations. The "you know I know" bridge provides additional moments of unabashed fun.
"Best Song Ever" serves as both part of the promotion for the One Direction film One Direction: This Is Us due to hit theaters August 29, 2013 and the lead single for the upcoming third album by the group titled Where We Are. It works well in both contexts consolidating the best of past music by One Direction into one song. Playfulness, charm, and a bit of the cheeky populate "Best Song Ever." The group's multitude of fans will deservedly rejoice.