I have learned my legacy. It’s One Direction. Through the last few weeks I have found out that when people hear anything newsworthy about the band, they instantly think of me. (Which was thoroughly lol-worthy with the latest Harry Styles headlines this week.) I AM the One Direction girl. Like that eHarmony cats girl, but with a bit less crying. Or is it more? You’ll never know. I can’t tell you how many friends, family, and bloggers approached me after the headlines that Zayn Malik was leaving the band.
Being that me = One Direction, I’m guessing many of you were probably quite surprised I’ve stayed mum on the big subject here in this little space. Seeing as I’m currently eating my way through a pint of Ben and Jerry’s right now, I’m still working out my sadness about it. That being said – I am looking forward to what the next chapter brings. Somehow I signed a ride or die contract and I’m stuck with this band. There’s worse things to love right? (
Plus I want some damn answers after five years of shadiness.) I’ve already realized I’m going to be that 45 year old mother who will empty her savings to go on the One Direction 20th anniversary reunion boat cruise. I don’t even like cruises.
I figured the best way to honor the original era would obviously be with music. I went through all of the albums and selected my 15 favorite One Direction songs. Note none of them were big radio singles, I’ve had issues with many of the song choices not being smart business moves (as have plenty of other fans.) It was much harder than I expected, I just love One Direction’s music so much. It made me realize all over again that every single one of the boys is incredibly talented. Fun fact: They’re even more talented live, not many current popular musicians can say that sadly.
I’d have to say One Direction’s most recent album FOUR is definitely my overall favorite. The boys have definitely grown as artists and vocalists throughout the years and it’s obvious. It’s the only album where I actually LOVE almost every single song. The tracks are a mixture of indie, alternative, and pop in one. There’s vibes of Fleetwood Mac, Mumford and Sons, and other nods to notable musicians. While many music critics once panned One Direction, FOUR was critically acclaimed across the board. People finally realized One Direction was more than a “boy band” and had incredible potential. If you need more convincing, FOUR was the album when my mom and aunt both finally admitted to enjoying the band after years of being non-stop subjected to One Direction listening by us three cousins.
If you haven’t stopped reading through this post yet and aren’t already a One Direction fan, I’d say give the few selected FOUR songs a good listen. You never know! Plus, you deserve a few gold stars from me.
Here’s to the Band Almighty Playlist (2010-2015)
BONUS: You can’t have an original era playlist and not include baby direction during The X-Factor. Check out “Forever Young” which was my favorite performance during the competition. (Even if they never actually got a chance to sing it during the show.)
Here’s to you One Direction! You’ve given me a good five years as a fan. Here’s to hopefully the next five treating me even better. And for Zayn to possibly return one day down the line. Cheers.
Do you have a favorite One Direction song?
Until next time,