One Direction Tell All the Little Things About ‘Little Things’
Directioners can thank Ed Sheeran for One Direction‘s hit ‘Little Things.’ Not only did the ginger Brit pen the tune, but he also presented the band with it at the last minute. The group revealed in a new interview that ‘Little Things’ wasn’t the song that they planned to record during that particular session — but everyone’s pretty glad that they did.
Harry Styles told MTV News, “That one actually wasn’t one of [them] we were supposed to be recording. We went in to record a different one of his and he said, ‘I’ve written something else if you want to hear it.’” Hazman continued, “He wrote it and then played it to us in the session when we were supposed to record something else and we said ‘All right, we want to record that now.’”
“He’s just such a good songwriter,” Liam Payne gushed about using Sheeran’s songs. “He comes up with amazing songs ’cause we’re such big fans of him. We just think he’s wicked.”
Still, for as awesome as Ed is, when you have a total of six people trying to agree on particular parts of tracks, it’s not always easy to deal with. Luckily, 1D have a way around that.
“The thing is, if you have us and Ed — six people trying to write song — not everyone [is] going to be the same way,” Harry said. “It’s kind of hard, so it’s usually split up between three and two [people]. The songs that are on the album that he did, he’d written and when we’re there, whoever’s not like, in the booth, everyone just kind of jams and comes up with ideas.”
‘Little Things’ is a song the guys all pretty much agreed on when it was done. The band adores this song, and so do their screaming (and, in the case of this song, often weeping) Directioners. “We’re really happy with it as well because boy bands have done ballads before and this song’s really different for a boy band. It’s just all about the song, the lyrics and getting the emotion across,” Zayn Malik enthused. “It’s not sad, it’s more about falling in love with somebody.” Awww!
The band knows how much fans love the song, too. Liam is particularly pleased with the feedback he’s gotten on the tender acoustic track. He put it simply: “‘Little Things’ is our first proper ballad, so it’s great that they love it and that we’ve done a great job because the ballads the real important thing.”