“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” 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 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. 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.
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” 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. 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.
“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, 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.”
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” 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, the lyrics speak of a tumultuous relationship leading to lament and heartbreak.
“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. 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”). 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” 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”. 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 is the fourth studio album by English-Irish boy band One Direction, released on 17 November 2014 by Columbia Records and Syco Music. 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” 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” 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.