Top 10 One Direction Songs
There might not be a lot of One Direction songs out there yet, as the guys only have two albums under their dapper British belts — however, they’re two albums with some of the catchiest pop songs of the decade so far.
Since breaking into superstardom across the pond on the U.K. ‘X Factor,’ they achieved rare global crossover success with their debut, ‘Up All Night,’ and are clearly eager to keep that momentum going: they have a movie in the works, they have dolls, they have recordbreaking tours, they have a store.
Even though the boys may have some trouble dancing themselves, they have plenty of tracks that will inspire Directioners and even their parents to get up and move, but they also have the vocal chops to deliver ballads that will bring tears to the eyes of teen girls everywhere without making their folks cringe, either.
We’re sure there are plenty more smash hits to come from 1D, but for now, let’s relish in our top 10 current favorite One Direction songs. That is, if we can stop staring at Harry Styles’ beautiful face for two seconds.
One Direction channel fellow British legends Queen in this rollicking combination of arena anthem and boy band staple. Showcasing their youth, the boys reminisce "back to summer '09" with hand claps, entreating an ex to "hit the metal, heavy metal." It may not feature Brian May or appeal to classic rock purists, but it's a pretty good bridge for tweens and their parents to bond over in the car.
One Direction may not be in high school, but they pretty much channel a stereotypical class underdog perfectly in 'I Would.' Crushing on a girl with a bad boyfriend who's "got 27 tattoos," they keep dreaming while she keeps downgrading. Cheer up, boys -- Harry Styles and Zayn Malik are well on their way to turning into that guy they're singing about.
Naysayers and critics may get on One Direction for pandering to a youthful fanbase, but they get surprisingly mature on 'Same Mistakes.' The lovelorn ballad examines a vicious cycle of a hot and cold relationship in a pretty adult way, and they sound both talented and wise beyond their years.
'Na Na Na'
Those Aussies are lucky -- they have kangaroos, koalas, a 777 Plane streaker and 'Na Na Na,' a bonus track on the Down Under edition of 'Up All Night.' This super catchy One Direction song, which has a lot of the same writers as 'Live While We're Young,' describes an off-and-on relationship in the simplest way possible: "We're like na na na / Then we're like yeah, yeah, yeah." You may scoff at it now, but just try getting it out of your head upon hearing it.
"Ow!" The high pitched yelp never sounded better than on 'Heart Attack,' one of the most fun tracks off of 'Take Me Home.' They plead with an ex who looks better than ever to take them back, because, well, she's sending them into cardiac arrest. Truthfully, it just sounds like karma for what they do to teenage girls every single day.
Featuring a hyper-high tempo ideal for pogo-ing, 'Kiss You' is just pure fun. Aside from the fact that the guys are shirtless in the video (heyo!), it also showcases each of them vocally: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson each have a distinct solo, which makes for great karaoke.
'Live While We're Young'
My, they grow up fast! Embracing their youth but realizing they aren't getting any younger, Zayn takes the lead and urges, "Tonight let's get some!" May it make parents a little uncomfortable? Probably. But will it make the entire planet go crazy (crazy crazy)? Yes. Yes it will.
A stripped-down (get your heads out of the gutter, girls) acoustic ballad penned by 1D pal Ed Sheeran, 'Little Things' leaves tear-soaked Directioners in its wake every time the guys perform it. And why not? It's a bunch of perfect dudes encouraging you to embrace your own perceived imperfections, and it's a simply beautiful listen.
The quintet may not know what that 'One Thing' is, but they've got it. Between the adorable video, which is essentially a love letter to London, and the sweet sentiment of the One Direction song ("You're my kryptonite" -- aw!), good luck not singing along to this.
'What Makes You Beautiful'
The song that launched a few million crushes! With a hook that's not only catchy but also pretty adorable, 'What Makes You Beautiful' launched One Direction into superstardom. With an intro reminiscent of 'Summer Lovin'' from 'Grease' and a chorus everyone from your grandpa to your baby brother can probably recite by heart, One Direction's debut single is inimitably infectious and was a clear sign of the sugary songs to come.