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You & I (One Direction song)

“You & I” is a song recorded by English-Irish boy-band One Direction, taken from their third studio album Midnight Memories (2013). It was written by Julian Bunetta, John Ryan and Jamie Scott, with production being handled by Julian Bunetta and John Ryan. “You & I” was released as the album’s fourth and final single, first impacting US contemporary hit radio on 15 April 2014 by Columbia Records and later being released in Europe on 23 May 2014. An EP containing a remix created by band member Liam Payne was also released.

“You & I” is a soft rock ballad. It received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who named it a “cinematic”, “elegant” and more “grown-up” ballad. Commercially, the song managed to reach the top forty in most countries, while it reached the top twenty in the UK and top ten in Ireland. A music video for the song caused controversy due to the ‘freeze’ on screen being similar to the music video from Australian band Clubfeet. The video won a Brit Award in 2015.

The “You & I” fragrance endorsed by One Direction, named after the song, was released in August 2014.

What Makes You Beautiful

“What Makes You Beautiful” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction. It served as their debut single and lead single from their debut studio album, Up All Night (2011). Written by Savan Kotecha and producer Rami Yacoub, the song was released by Syco Records on 11 September 2011. The uptempo power pop[1] track features a prominent guitar-based chorus and riff. The middle eight consists of a “na na na” hook while the opening guitar riff is similar to that of the song “Summer Nights” from the Broadway musical and motion picture Grease as well as interpolations of The McCoys’s 1965 single “Hang on Sloopy” .

“What Makes You Beautiful” was a commercial success, reaching number one in several countries. It has been certified quadruple platinum in the US with sales of 4.8 million copies as of June 2016.[2] The single peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the UK Singles Chart. The song won the 2012 Brit Award for Best British Single and was generally complimented by contemporary music critics, who highlighted the appeal to the teenage audience and the pop sensibility. It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart after setting a Sony Music Entertainment pre-order record and selling 153,965 copies in its first week. The single also topped the Irish and Scottish Singles Charts, and reached the top ten on the Australian and New Zealand Singles Charts, Flemish Ultratop 50, Canadian Hot 100, and the Japan Hot 100. It has been certified quadruple platinum in the US with sales of 4.8 million copies as of June 2016.[2]

The accompanying music video, directed by John Urbano, depicts One Direction spending time on a beach in Malibu, California. The music video was uploaded to YouTube on August 19, 2011 and has accumulated more than 790 million views since it premiered. The clip garnered the group three MTV Video Music Awards at the 2012 ceremony. One Direction performed the song live on televised shows, at awards ceremonies, and on four of their major concert tours: Up All Night Tour (2011–12), Take Me Home Tour (2013), Where We Are Tour (2014) and On the Road Again Tour (2015). Artists including the Piano Guys have covered “What Makes You Beautiful”.

What a Feeling (One Direction song)

“What a Feeling” is a song recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction for their fifth studio album, Made in the A.M. (2015). It was written and produced by Jamie Scott and co-written by Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Daniel Bryer and Mike Needle. The song was released as the album’s second promotional single on iTunes Store and Spotify on 11 November 2015.[1][2] The song, along with the rest of Made in the A.M., leaked on the internet after a mishap in security during a listening party.[citation needed]

Strong (One Direction song)

“Strong” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction, taken from their third studio album Midnight Memories (2013). It was released on 20 November 2013. It reached number one in New Zealand, number 15 in Austria and number 44 in Canada.

“Strong” was written by Louis Tomlinson,[3] John Ryan, Jamie Scott and Julian Bunetta. In an interview with MTV News, Bunetta said, “We got into this discussion about how when you tell someone like ‘I need you, I love you and I need you ’cause you make me strong,’ essentially you can scare someone off. It’s pressure, so people just kind of run from it. So, that’s what the lyric is,” recalled Bunetta, who also helped produce songs on the album. “It’s saying ‘I’m sorry if I say this, but fuck it. It was just sort of a thing that I think all guys feel, having to uphold a woman who I love ‘I’m strong’ philosophy , and kind of throwing that idea out the window.”[4]

On 18 November, “Strong” was one of three tracks, along with “Diana” and “Midnight Memories”, to be released ahead of the album, which was released the following week.

Story of My Life (One Direction song)

“Story of My Life” is a song recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction. It was released on 6 November 2013 by Syco Music and Columbia Records as the second single from the group’s third studio album, Midnight Memories (2013). Written by band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, along with Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, and John Ryan,[1][2][3][4] the lyrics speak of a tumultuous relationship leading to lament and heartbreak.

Steal My Girl

“Steal My Girl” is a song written and recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction. It is the lead single from their fourth studio album Four (2014). It was released worldwide on 29 September 2014.[1] The single was written by band members Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne and regular collaborators Wayne Hector, John Ryan, Ed Drewett and Julian Bunetta (the four had previously written “Best Song Ever”).[1] It was produced by Julian Bunetta, John Ryan and Pär Westerlund. They also performed this song for the first time on their fourth concert tour, the On the Road Again Tour.

Rock Me (One Direction song)

“Rock Me” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their second studio album, Take Me Home (2012). It was written by Peter Svensson, Sam Hollander, Lukasz Gottwald, Henry Walter, Breanna Smith, and Allan Grigg, with production handled by Dr. Luke, Circut and Kool Kojak. Created in one day, Grigg carried out the mid-tempo beat, Hollander conceptualised the title and the pop rock melody “just came”.[1] Its clapping riff has been noted as similar to that of the Queen 1977 single “We Will Rock You”.

The song garnered mostly positive reviews from music critics, who centred on production quality and its rock elements. Upon the release of Take Me Home, “Rock Me” debuted at number one on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart due to strong digital download sales, and ultimately peaked at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Four (One Direction album)

Four is the fourth studio album by English-Irish boy band One Direction, released on 17 November 2014 by Columbia Records and Syco Music.[3] Two singles were released from the album, “Steal My Girl” and “Night Changes”, both achieving platinum status in the US, and scoring the band their tenth and eleventh UK top-ten hits.

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. It debuted at number one in 18 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. The album was also One Direction’s last with member Zayn Malik, who announced he was leaving the band on 25 March 2015. In August 2015, Four became the band’s fourth consecutive album to sell in excess of 1 million copies in the United States. The band became the first band to have their first four albums debut at number one in the United States.

One Thing (One Direction song)

“One Thing” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their debut studio album, Up All Night (2011). It was released in various countries by Syco Music on 6 January 2012, as their second single, and as their third single in the UK on 13 February 2012. Additionally, Columbia Records sent it to contemporary hit radio playlists on 22 May 2012 as their second single in the United States. Written by Savan Kotecha and its producers, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub, initially, the upbeat pop rock number was written as two different songs. As both tracks had elusive attributes, the trio decided to merge the two into one song. The lyrical content regards the protagonist’s infatuation with a significant other.

“One Thing” garnered mostly positive reviews from music critics, who generally commended the track’s catchiness. The single reached the top ten in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom, while attaining top-forty positions in Belgium (Flanders), Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. The number has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of one million copies. Directed by Declan Whitebloom, the accompanying music video depicts One Direction performing in and around London. The group performed “One Thing” on televised programmes and four major concert tours: Up All Night Tour (2011–12), Take Me Home Tour (2013), Where We Are Tour (2014) and On the Road Again Tour (2015). This song is the eleventh track on Now 43.

Night Changes

“Night Changes” is a song recorded by English-Irish boy-band One Direction. It was written by Jamie Scott, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan, while the production was handled by Bunetta and Ryan. The song was released on 14 November 2014 as the second and final single from their fourth studio album Four. It was also the group’s last single featuring Malik, as he announced his departure from the group in March 2015.

More than This (One Direction song)

“More than This” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their debut studio album, Up All Night (2011). It was produced by Brian Rawling and Paul Meehan, and was composed by Jamie Scott. Primarily backed by synthesizers, the track is an acoustic pop ballad about an unrequited love. “More than This”, the album’s fourth and final single, was released digitally by Syco Music on 25 May 2012.

“More than This” obtained generally favourable reviews from critics, who commended the balladry, but only charted on Australian and Irish charts. An accompanying music video, directed by Andy Saunders, depicts the group performing the track live as part of their Up All Night Tour (2011–12). One Direction performed the ballad during two of their major concert tours: Up All Night Tour (2011–12) and Take Me Home Tour (2013).

Moments (One Direction song)

“Moments” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their debut studio album, Up All Night (2011). It was written by Ed Sheeran, and Si Hulbert, the song’s producer. In 2011, as One Direction member Harry Styles told Sheeran that the boy band did not have enough songs for their album, Sheeran offered “Moments”, a track that Sheeran “was never going to use”. The song is a mid-tempo pop ballad about a love lost to distance or, as fans have speculated, death. Instrumentation includes a lightly strummed guitar and intermediate piano lines. The ballad received generally positive reviews from music critics, who noted the song’s memorability and complimented its composition. Upon the release of Up All Night, “Moments” charted in lower regions on the singles charts of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom due to strong digital download sales. One Direction performed the song on all three of their major concert tours: Up All Night Tour (2011–12), Take Me Home Tour (2013) and Where We Are Tour (2014).

 

Midnight Memories (song)

“Midnight Memories” is a song recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their third studio album of the same name. It was co-written by Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott,[1] John Ryan and band members Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson.

The song was released on 20 November 2013, five days prior to the release of the album,[2] and debuted at number three on the Irish Singles Chart the following day. It has since peaked in the top 10 of nine other countries around the world, including Australia,[3] New Zealand,[4] Denmark,[5] the Netherlands[6] and Spain.[7]

On 25 January 2014, it was announced that “Midnight Memories” would be the third single from the album. It received an official release on 9 March 2014.

Live While We’re Young

“Live While We’re Young” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction, released as the lead single from their second studio album, Take Me Home (2012). Written by Savan Kotecha and its producers, Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk, the number was released by Syco Records on 28 September 2012. Falk, Kotecha, and Yacoub had collaboratively helmed One Direction’s previous hits, “What Makes You Beautiful” and “One Thing”. The track is an uptempo, upbeat bubblegum pop song which features rock undertones, vocal harmonies, hand claps, prominent electric guitar riffs, and repetitive synthesizers. The chorus of the song is predominantly featured alongside the bridge, and is backed by wordless chants. Its opening guitar riff bears similarities with The Clash’s 1982 single, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”.

The track received mostly positive reviews from critics, who centred on its omnipresence and jubilant nature. The only negative feedback the song got was centered on the lyrics, which were interpreted as a thinly veiled euphemism for sexual intercourse. A commercial success, the song became a top ten hit in fifteen countries, while reaching the top of the charts in New Zealand and Ireland. In the United States, “Live While We’re Young” debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking the second-highest bow among all UK acts, outpaced only by Elton John’s number one arrival with “Candle in the Wind 1997”.

Following an unauthorized internet leak, the accompanying music video was officially released on 20 September 2012, four days earlier than the intended release date. Directed by Vaughan Arnell, the clip, which has a camping festival theme, was generally well received by critics, who commended its carefree nature. Upon release, it broke the Vevo record for having the most views in a 24-hour period with 8.24 million, besting the previous record which had been set by Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” (8.00 million). Bieber subsequently regained the record with his music video for “Beauty and a Beat” (10.6 million). One Direction performed “Live While We’re Young” on televised programs and during their two major concert tours: Take Me Home Tour (2013) and Where We Are Tour (2014). The track was featured in a Pepsi television commercial for the United States and was performed on an episode of Glee. This song is the first track on Now 45.

Little Things (One Direction song)

“Little Things” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their second studio album, Take Me Home (2012). It was released by Syco Music on 3 December 2012, as the record’s second single. The song was written by Fiona Bevan and Ed Sheeran, and produced by Jake Gosling. Bevan brought the song to Sheeran’s attention while he was in studio with the group in 2012, resulting in the band recording it. “Little Things” is a mid-tempo pop and folk ballad about the insistence that flaws are what make a person unique.

The track received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, many of whom felt that the song is not tailored to them. The song became the group’s second number-one hit in the United Kingdom, while reaching the top ten in Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. In addition, it attained top forty positions in Belgium (Wallonia), Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. The single has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 1,000,000 copies.

Directed by Vaughan Arnell, the accompanying music video was shot in black-and-white and consists of a simplistic concept — One Direction recording the song. Upon release, it received positive reviews from reviewers, who noted that it was a perfect accompaniment for the song. The band performed the track on both the UK and US versions of The X Factor and during their 3 major conert tours: Take Me Home Tour (2013), Where We Are Tour (2014) and On the Road Again Tour (2015).

Kiss You (One Direction song)

“Kiss You” is a song recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction for their second studio album, Take Me Home (2012). It was released as the record’s second single in Germany and the third overall single on 7 January 2013. The song was composed by Kristoffer Fogelmark, Kristian Lundin, Albin Nedler, Savan Kotecha, Shellback and its producers, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub. “Kiss You” is an upbeat power pop song with electronic effects; the lyrics detail a protagonist’s infatuation with a significant other. Critics praised the song for its production, calling it a stand-out track on Take Me Home.

The track became the group’s sixth top-ten hit in Ireland and the United Kingdom, while attaining top-forty positions in both Belgian territories (Flanders and Wallonia), as well as in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. The single peaked at number 46 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 500,000 copies. One Direction performed “Kiss You” on both the UK and US versions of The X Factor and 3 major concert tours: Take Me Home Tour (2013), Where We Are Tour (2014) and On the Road Again Tour (2015).

An accompanying music video, designed to display the group’s comedic timing, was directed by Vaughan Arnell, who had previously worked with the group on two other music videos. The clip depicts the band shooting various scenes via a green screen, which include sequences reminiscent of iconic music videos of songs such as the Beach Boys’ “Surfer Girl”, Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” and Rammstein’s “Mein Land”. The music video received 10.4 million views in a 24-hour period and positive commentary from reviewers, who appreciated its carefree, jubilant nature.

The song was included in the dancing game Just Dance 2014, and is also one of the select songs available on the demo version. Additionally, it is the final main track on the US edition of Now That’s What I Call Music! 46.

Infinity (One Direction song)

“Infinity” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their fifth studio album, Made in the A.M. (2015). It was released as a promotional single on iTunes and Apple Music on 22 September 2015.[1] The song was at first announced as the third official single from the album, but was eventually scrapped in favour of “History”.[2]

On 22 September 2015, One Direction announced the name of their album, Made in the A.M. and released “Infinity” as a promotional single along with the pre-order of the album. The cover art of the song also features a picture of One Direction’s fragrance, Between Us. On 7 December, One Direction gave the first live performance of the song on BBC Radio 1. The band also performed the single at the final of The X Factor on 13 December 2015. The promo track was certified Gold in Italy for over 25,000 units in March 2016.

Home (One Direction song)

“Home” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from the Perfect EP. It was released as part of the digital EP on iTunes and Apple Music on 22 October 2015.[1] The song is included as a bonus track on the Japanese version of Made in the A.M.. This song was written by Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Jamie Scott.

On 22 October 2015, One Direction released the second single “Perfect” from their album, Made in the A.M. and released “Home” as a promotional single along with the purchase of the EP, Perfect.

History (One Direction song)

“History” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction. It was released on 6 November 2015 as the third and final single from their fifth studio album, Made in the A.M. (2015), as well as their final single before their hiatus announced in December 2015. “History” peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The song was composed in G-flat major with a tempo of 88 beats per minute and a time signature of 12

The song was chosen as the third single from Made in the A.M after the commercial success that followed the band’s performance on the finale of The X Factor UK. The song was released by Syco Music on 6 November 2015.The single is the finale recording by the boy band before their hiatus. [3][4]

The music video was published on the band’s Vevo channel on YouTube on 26 January 2016. The video features clips of the band throughout the years, highlighting their tours and personal anecdotes (including clips with former member Zayn Malik). The video ends as the band walking off in separate directions. It was later confirmed that the band were originally supposed to run back together at the end of the music video. Ben Winston, who directed the video, also added “The ending wasn’t supposed to look like they’re just walking off in different directions, it was kind of like a ‘see you in a bit, guys.'” As of 25 March 2016 at 10:00 AM EDT the video had gained 126,624,313 views on YouTube,[needs update][5] at that time averaging 25 views per second.

Happily (song)

“Happily” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their third studio album, Midnight Memories (2013). It was co-written by band member Harry Styles.

It was written by Savan Kotecha, Carl Falk and Harry Styles; while the production was handled by Falk.[1] The song was announced as the eighth song on the track list of the third album.[2] An acoustic version of the song which was created by Country Club Martini Crew was released on SoundCloud on 10 January 2014.[3][4][5]

Michael Cragg of the Daily Mirror gave “Happily” two out of five stars and wrote: “It’s got those Lumineers’ ‘hey’ bits that everyone seems to be copying, and there’s another whiff of folk-rock in the chorus. There’s a slightly odd lyric in the second verse that runs, ‘if he feels my traces in your hair’. Blimey.”[6] Writing for Billboard, Chris Payne said that the 1D boys “sing and stomp along in unison to a giant chorus about trying to win someone back. Regardless of your opinion on Mumford, the Lumineers, and their influence, there’s no denying this is one of the album’s catchiest songs.”[7]

Gotta Be You (One Direction song)

“Gotta Be You” is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their debut studio album, Up All Night (2011). Written by August Rigo and the song’s producer, Steve Mac, it was released in the United Kingdom by Syco Music in November 2011, as the album’s second single. The track is a mid-tempo pop rock ballad incorporating an orchestral arrangement. The lyrical content is characterised by love sentiments.

The single peaked at number three in the United Kingdom, marking the group’s second top ten appearance there. Upon the United States release of Up All Night, “Gotta Be You” peaked at number 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Directed by John Urbano, the accompanying music video depicts the group spending time on the banks of Lake Placid, New York. One Direction performed the ballad on televised programmes and during their Up All Night Tour (2011–12).

Drag Me Down

“Drag Me Down” is a song recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction for their fifth studio album, Made in the A.M. (2015).[4] The song was released worldwide on 31 July 2015. The track marked their first single since Zayn Malik’s departure in March 2015. “Drag Me Down” debuted atop the charts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Austria, Australia, and New Zealand upon its release. It became the group’s first number one single in France and Australia, as well as their fourth number one in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It won the British Artist Award at the 2016 Brit Awards.

Best Song Ever (song)

“Best Song Ever” is a song recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction. It was released on 22 March 2013 by Syco and as the lead single from the group’s third studio album, Midnight Memories. Written by Wayne Hector, John Ryan, Ed Drewett, Julian Bunetta and produced by Bunetta, Matt Rad and Ryan, the song was recorded in 2012 and runs for 3 minutes and 21 seconds.[1] It was announced by One Direction in a video uploaded to their YouTube channel on 25 June 2013.[2]

The trailer for This Is Us was released thirty minutes after the video was uploaded, and included a short preview of the song.[3] The song became available for pre-order on iTunes on 26 June 2013. The song was included in the box set of the Brit Awards, 2014 BRIT Awards.[4]

The song debuted and peaked at number two on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100.

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