One Direction’s single Drag Me Down hits no1 in 82 countries on its 1st day

1 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

All One Direction Singles, Ranked Worst to Best.

Liam Payne did the honors of announcing the news in the middle of the night – which was hardly fair to fans just getting ready to go to sleep (who now probably won’t be able to sleep for days due to their exhilaration).

With “Drag Me Down,” One Direction enters a new phase of its career as one of the most successful pop groups of all time, as the quintet is now a quartet following the departure of Zayn Malik earlier this year. Immediately, Directioners let go of any semblance of chill they’d ever had, though the overjoyed reactions truly reached their peak on Friday morning, when those who’d slept through the news woke up to find their Twitter feeds amok with feelings, GIFs and all caps. One Direction is looking forward and preparing its fifth studio album, but before we get even more new music, let’s look back on the group’s impressive collection of radio hits over the past five years. If 2014’s Four found the boys still dabbling in mid-70’s arena-rock, this quick, unfussy track is a graduation to the shimmering pop-rock melodies of the Police and Fleetwood Mac. On its first single without recently departed member Zayn Malik — and its first since its five-year anniversary as a group — One Direction romantically alludes to the diehard Directioners and their place in the group’s phenomenal run of success; it’s basically the Backstreet Boys’ “Larger Than Life” with a slightly less bombastic guitar riff.

The best news for One Direction fans is that the quartet does not sound incomplete: the group compensates for Malik’s absence by giving each member ample time to shine, and the harmonies admirably resonate on the call-and-response portions of the pre-chorus. Off their debut album, this track is fine – plenty of high school slow dances have taken place with this solid tune playing in the background – but for as memorable as many of 1D’s pop bests are, this one isn’t in the same league. Adding a bit of rock n’ roll edge to their pop ways, the title track off their third album showcased a group that was maturing and the promise of what the future could hold. The guys are growing up before our very eyes! “Night Changes” is a ballad showcasing tight harmonies and a markedly different sound than first Four single “Steal My Girl.” A Midnight Memories slow burner, “You & I” succeeds with its moving melody and aching lyrics — not to mention a few killer high notes toward the end. One Direction sought a big, dumb slice of fun to lead third album Midnight Memories, and with “Best Song Ever,” the boys howled toward the Who and let the sexual innuendos fly freely.

One Direction has better singles than “Kiss You” (hence its No. 6 ranking on this list), but none are quite as giddy or as effervescent as this three-minute romp. “Kiss You” captures the rapid exhilaration of a first kiss, and is just as unforgettable. The Mumford & Sons homage is real, but so is the emotion: “Story of My Life” is ace songwriting no matter the genre, with all five members pulling their weight and crafting a folk-pop chorus one can’t help but sing along with by the end of the song. Following the sugar rush provided by their Up All Night singles, One Direction returned with a single just as sticky-sweet and quotable. “Live While We’re Young” flaunts a bulletproof guitar riff (thanks, the Clash!), dizzying bridge and some of the boys’ most quotable lyrics to date. The arena-rock backing track here is pitch-perfect, and the stomp-clap power of the chorus is undeniable on both headphones and in a stadium. “One Thing” is easily One Direction’s most underrated single ever, a gooey puppy-love song with incredible melodies and a gorgeous breakdown-to-final-chorus transition. The song only peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but “One Thing” deserves to be remembered as essential. “Baby you light up my world like nobody else/The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed.” And with that, we were putty in the hands of these five U.K. lads. “What Makes You Beautiful” towers above the rest of One Direction’s strong singles discography, an effortlessly charming and supremely durable introduction to the world at large following their X Factor run.

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