One Direction, abbreviated to 1D, is an English-Irish and the biggest boyband in the world. The group was formed in The X Factor, a British singing competition, in 2010, with band members Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson. The boyband rose to prominence after it gained the third position in the X-Factor and released the biggest debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’.
1D has broken several records and eventually bagged the position of the biggest boyband in the world. They were regarded as the teen idols, thus they had a huge female fan base as well as a male fan base, but they are one of the best-selling boybands to date and have won numerous awards in their active years, including seven Brit Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, and 28 Teen Choice Awards.
Former band member Zayn Malik left the band in March 2015 to pursue a solo career which, no doubt, left the fans all over the world heartbroken and highly devastated. Before Zayn left, the band released four albums. They released a total of five albums till 2015 before the band went on a hiatus in 2016 and the other members also pursued a solo career.
One Direction is a boyband that has a huge fan base, known as Directioners, all around the world. It has been 6 years since the band went on a hiatus, but still today true Directioners have not forgotten where they belong and still support the band and also the boys as solo artists as if it is the beginning, but there is hope and prayer every day among the Directioners that there will be a reunion between the former five members and the band will make a come back.
While the world waits for a massive reunion, today I, as a proud Directioner, have brought a list of that are evergreen and bring lots of emotions up to the surface when listened to. The works of the band are truly a piece of art and you will find a song for each of your moods.
One Direction wrote and sang the lyrics every girl wants to hear, and that’s why they are a major hit mostly among female Directioners and leave them all gaga.
Now without any delay, let me introduce you to the masterpieces by the band:
1. Night Changes (Four)
"We're only getting older, baby
And I've been thinking about it lately
Does it ever drive you crazy
Just how fast the night changes?"
Starting our One Direction songs list with this melodious song which will make you nostalgic and might even squeeze out few drops of tears from you. This is the second single from 1D’s fourth album and also the last single with Zayn.
The music video is quite romantic and it gives you the chance to go on a romantic date with all the boys virtually.
This is, no doubt, one of the best One Direction songs and brings out lots of emotions because of its nostalgic tone as well as it is the last single while Zayn was still a member of One Direction.
2. What Makes You Beautiful (Up All Night)
"Baby, you light up my world like nobody else
The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed
But when you smile at the ground, it ain't hard to tell
You don't know oh, oh
You don't know you're beautiful"
This One Direction song is heard by almost everyone. Directioner or not, one must have heard it at some point in their life as it is one of the biggest debuts of all time, one of the famous songs by the band and also one of their bests.
It is the debut single from their debut album ‘Up All Night’. The song broke several records after its release.
The song is an ode to all the girls who are insecure and have low morale about their looks but they don’t know the fact that they are beautiful.
3. You And I (Midnight Memories)
"Not even the gods above
Could separate the two of us
No, nothing can come between
You and I
Oh, you and I"
Again one of the best One Direction songs, the lyrics of the song is quite powerful as it is trying to defy the power of God to separate people from each other through various circumstances.
The high note by Zayn at the end of the song will steal your heart right away and leave his voice ringing in your ears long after you have heard it.
4. Perfect (Made In The A.M.)
"But if you like causing trouble up in hotel rooms
And if you like having secret little rendezvous
If you like to do the things you know that we shouldn't do
Then baby, I'm perfect
Baby, I'm perfect for you"
This One Direction song is rumored to be written by Harry for his former partner Taylor Swift. Though not all the lyrics indicate her, some do and they act like a response to several lyrics from Taylor’s songs.
Overall, lyrically through the song, the boys ask their love interests if they are ok with their celeb life which is full of cameras and hidings and if they aren’t able to be the gentlemen who give their girls flowers, time and keep promises.
5. Kiss You (Take Me Home)
"Oh, I just wanna take you anywhere that you'd like
We could go out any day, any night
Baby, I'll take you there, take you there
Baby, I'll take you there, yeah"
This single will make you dance once you hear it. Whatever a person wants to say to their crush, the boys have turned each line into the lyrics of the song.
6. 18 (Four)
"I have loved you since we were eighteen
Long before we both thought the same thing
To be loved and to be in love"
Co-written by Ed Sheeran, this song from our One Direction songs list is very soothing to the ears and heart. Speaking about teenage love that has lasted for so long, the song will fill your heart with mixed emotions.
7. Up All Night (Up All Night)
"I wanna stay up all night
And jump around until we see the sun
I wanna stay up all night
And find a girl and tell her she's the one"
The title track of 1D’s debut album, this song should be totally in your party songs playlist to help you stay up all night and jump around.
8. Little Things (Take Me Home)
"I won't let these little things
Slip out of my mouth
But if I do, it's you
Oh it's you they add up to
I'm in love with you
And all these little things"
Ed Sheeran wrote this song but gave it to the boys as a gift to put in their album. With only guitar chords being played throughout the song, this harmonic track addresses all the little insecurities that comprise a human and despite those insecurities, the boys love their partners.
9. Midnight Memories (Midnight Memories)
"Straight off the plane to a new hotel
Just touched down, you could never tell
A big house party with a crowded kitchen
People talk shh but we don't listen"
The title track of their third album, this One Direction song is one of those songs that will make you scream to the top of your lungs with your group of friends and can be the right song for your party playlist while you go crazy and make lots of midnight memories.
10. Drag Me Down (Made In The A.M.)
"If I didn't have you there would be nothing left
The shell of a man who could never be his best
If I didn't have you, I'd never see the sun
You taught me how to be someone, yeah"
Drag Me Down is the first single of One Direction without Zayn. Lyrically the song pays tribute to that one person in each of the boy’s life who was there with them through all the highs and lows and always got their back.
11. Where Do Broken Hearts Go (Four)
"Now I'm searching every lonely place
Every corner calling out your name
Tryna find you but I just don't know
Where do broken hearts go?"
When you are heartbroken and just trying to find the answer to where do broken hearts go, One Direction made the relatable song for you but they are also without answers and searching for it.
12. Right Now (Midnight Memories)
I wish you were here with me
'Cause right now,
Everything is new to me"
Another melancholic One Direction song, this song will make you feel nostalgic and blue thinking about all the good old days. You would feel like leaving everything behind and go straight to the person whom you are missing badly once the song starts ringing in your ears.
13. Live While We’re Young (Take Me Home)
"Let's go crazy, crazy, crazy 'til we see the sun
I know we only met but let's pretend it's love
And never, never, never stop for anyone
Tonight let's get some and live while we're young"
A dance number and another One Direction song that is a perfect add-on to your party playlist, the song is all about living your life to the fullest and enjoying every second of it like there’s no tomorrow.
14. I Wish (Up All Night)
"But I see you with him
Tearing me apart
'Cause you don't see"
Yet another blue ballad from our One Direction songs list, this song will surface all of the emotions that you feel when your love is left unrequited.
15. Steal My Girl (Four)
"Everybody wanna steal my girl
Everybody wanna take her heart away
Couple billion in the whole wide world
Find another one 'cause she belongs to me"
Just like I mentioned before that One Direction sing the words every girl wants to hear, this is another beautiful song by the band that will make you dance over your heels while you are head over heels in love. This song is a mood lifter.
16. Rock Me (Take Me Home)
"Do you remember summer '09
Wanna go back there every night
Just can't lie it was the best time of my life"
This is one of the best One Direction songs that shows the pure talent of the biggest boyband. This pop-rock song will get you grooving in no time.
17. No Control (Four)
Beside you, I'm a loaded gun
I can't contain this anymore
I'm all yours, I’ve got no control, no control"
The lyrics of this One Direction song indicates the arousing sexual nature between two lovers when they are around each other. This track is quite different from the ones that the band usually writes and sings.
18. Olivia (Made In The A.M.)
"I live for you, I long for you, Olivia
I've been idolizing the light in your eyes, Olivia
I live for you, I long for you, Olivia
Don't let me go"
Giving the vibes of old British songs, this One Direction song will make you sway while you enjoy the beautiful lyrics.
19. Best Song Ever (Midnight Memories)
"And we danced all night to the best song ever
We knew every line now I can't remember
How it goes but I know that I won't forget her
'Cause we danced all night to the best song ever"
One Direction has lots of songs that you would surely like to add to your playlist when you are in a mood for a grand party, and this song is one of them that will light up your party in no time and bring you to the dance floor to show off some cool moves.
And if you are a Directioner, don’t forget to do the iconic One Direction dance.
20. I Want To Write You A Song (Made In The A.M.)
"I wanna write you a song
One as beautiful as you are sweet
With just a hint of pain
For the feeling that I get when you are gone
I wanna write you a song"
This song from our list of One Direction songs has a soothing tone that is enhanced through simple guitar chords only.
The boys write a love song, lyrically which is the song itself, for their partners which will remind them of the boys when they are not around.
This is also the song from 1D’s last album before they went on a hiatus, and probably they wanted their fans to have a sweet song to hold on to (excluding the rests) while they are gone. Can this be it? I think so!
21. Summer Love (Take Me Home)
"'Cause you were mine for the summer
Now we know it's nearly over
Feels like snow in September
But I always will remember
You were my summer love"
This One Direction song sings about the summer love and relationship that has come to an end now that the seasons have changed. It’s quite melancholic but sweet to the ears and might make you cry while you relate to the lyrics.
22. Don’t Forget Where You Belong (Midnight Memories)
"Don't forget where you belong, home
If you ever feel alone, don't
You are never on your own
And the proof is in this song"
There is no place in the world like home. Home is where your heart is, and 1D has perfectly put up that feeling on this beautiful soothing song that will remind you of your roots wherever you go.
23. More Than This (Up All Night)
"When he opens his arms and holds you close tonight,
It just won't feel right
'Cause I can love you more than this"
Another heart wrenching One Direction song, this song will be a perfect companion on your gloomy days.
24. Strong (Midnight Memories)
"I'm sorry if I say, "I need you"
But I don't care, I'm not scared of love
'Cause when I'm not with you I'm weaker
Is that so wrong? Is it so wrong
That you make me strong?"
Lyrically the track sings about how the love of the boys’ partners make and keep them strong through thick and thin.
25. If I Could Fly (Made In The A.M.)
"For your eyes only, I show you my heart
For when you're lonely and forget who you are
I'm missing half of me when we're apart
Now you know me
For your eyes only"
This soft ballad by Liam, Niall, Harry and Louis will fill your heart with numerous emotions as the song creates a warm atmosphere, leaving you with the feeling of being on your own for quite some time and miss the people you love and care for.
26. Gotta Be You (Up All Night)
"Can we fall, one more time?
Stop the tape and rewind
Oh and if you walk away I know I'll fade
Cause there is nobody else
It's gotta be you"
When you are trying to get back to your partner even after you broke their heart, this One Direction song will perfectly describe that situation because the lyrics detail the same story.
27. Change Your Ticket (Four)
"You should probably stay, probably stay, a couple more days
Come on, let me change your ticket home"
Another song from our One Direction songs list that explores the arousing sexual nature between lovers, the boys ask their partners to stay back with them for some more days through this joyous track.
28. Infinity (Made In The A.M.)
"How many nights have you wished someone would stay?
Lie awake only hoping they're OK
I never counted all of mine
If I tried, I know it would feel like infinity"
Another One Direction song that will raise the melancholic mood, Infinity will leave you crestfallen but also would make you sing and scream the lyrics to the top of your lungs.
29. Story Of My Life (Midnight Memories)
"The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night
To keep her warm
And time is frozen"
The track details a girl who is hard to get. The music video of this song shows how the stories of the boys’ lives have changed as they grew up with their loved ones and with time lost them on the way.
30. I Would (Take Me Home)
"Would he say he's in L-O-V-E?
Well if it was me then I would, I would
Would he hold you when you're feeling low
Baby, you should know that I would"
When you know that you can be a much better partner of your crush than their current partner, then this One Direction song is for you as it sings all the reasons why your crush should be with you instead of anyone else.
31. Moments (Up All Night)
"Heart beats harder
Time escapes me
Trembling hands touch skin
It makes this harder
And the tears stream down my face"
This melancholic ballad from our list of One Direction songs has a theme of suicide due to heartbreak. The lyrics detail the story of a person who suicides to end the unbearable pain that came after their partner also ended their life.
32. They Don’t Know About Us (Take Me Home)
"They don't know about the things we do
They don't know about the I love you's
But I bet you if they only knew
They would just be jealous of us"
This romantic song by 1D defines that kind of love that is flourishing between two people secretly and is highly judged by others because they don’t know completely about this pure love. The song will surely fill your heart with happiness and lift your mood.
33. One Thing (Up All Night)
"So get out, get out, get out of my head
And fall into my arms instead
I don't, I don't, don't know what it is
But I need that one thing
And you've got that one thing"
The feelings you get when you are attracted to someone so much and want them for real but you don’t understand what is that one thing that you want from them and which attracts you, this One Direction song is written exactly to give voice to those feelings of yours.
34. Diana (Midnight Memories)
"Diana, let me be the one to
Light a fire inside those eyes
You've been lonely
You don't even know me
But I can feel you crying"
Diana is another One Direction song that has its title after the name of a girl but the song is not about a particular girl but all the girls who suffer from depression and anxiety. The boys want to light them up with this song and give them hope for a better future.
35. Fireproof (Four)
"Cause nobody knows you, baby, the way I do
And nobody loves you, baby, the way I do
It's been so long, it's been so long, maybe we're fireproof
'Cause nobody saves me, baby, the way you do"
The love which has existed for a very long time, this song from our One Direction songs list defines exactly that kind of love which is full of passion and chemistry.
36. C’mon, C’mon (Take Me Home)
I’ve been watching you all night
There's something in your eyes
Saying come on, come on and dance with me baby"
This track by 1D will make you dance in no time by keeping the music loud once you listen to it.
37. History (Made In The A.M.)
"You and me got a whole lot of history
We could be the greatest team that the world has ever seen
You and me got a whole lot of history
So don't let it go, we can make some more, we can live forever"
This One Direction song never fails to squeeze out tears from the fans who have been supporting the boys for a long time.
One of the last songs by the band before their hiatus, through it the boys are asking their fans to stick together with them even after their hiatus and telling that they all can be the greatest team together that has ever existed.
38. Everything About You (Up All Night)
"It's everything about you, you, you
The way you make it feel, new, new, new
Like every party is just us two
And there's nothing I could point to"
The song lyrically tells that the boys love everything about their girls. This mood-lifting song is a piece of art and one of the best One Direction songs.
39. Stockholm Syndrome (Four)
"All my life I've been on my own
I use a light to guide me home
But now together we're alone
And there's no other place I'd ever wanna go"
Stockholm Syndrome is a typical condition in which hostages form a bond with their captors as time goes by. One Direction sings about such a relationship that makes the person never want to leave as they feel happy by being trapped in the relationship.
40. One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)
"One way or another I'm gonna find ya
I'm gonna get ya, get ya, get ya, get ya
One way or another I'm gonna win ya
I'll get ya, I'll get ya"
This song from our One Direction songs list is a cover by the boyband for charity work. It is a mix of ‘One Way Or Another’ by Blondie and ‘Teenage Kicks’ by The Undertones.
The song, as well as the music video, is quite funny and childish and you wouldn’t like to miss the chance to do a crazy dance to this song when you are alone or with your friends.
Here ends our list of One Direction songs.
If you are a Directioner, well, then you don’t need to be introduced to the G.O.A.T. but you can just relish and relieve all the memories that you have with the boyband listening to our compilation of their masterpieces, and if you have been just introduced to the biggest boyband in the world, this is the playlist where you can start your journey of being a Directioner.
Comment below which songs are on your list of favorites, don’t forget to like and share this article with your Directioner friends and keep your fingers crossed for a 1D reunion!