On July 23, 2010 at 8:22pm, One Direction came together as a band and made history. Five years, five albums, they went from being five to four. And they left behind a legacy. They completely changed what we thought of the typical boybands – of wearing matching clothes on stage, the common dance patterns and everything. It made it’s own slogan, ‘One Band, One Dream, One Direction’ .
With five members originally – Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik, One Direction sold over 50 million records and sold out big arenas like the Madison Square Garden and others. I’ve been a huge fan since I was 13, so here’s why I like each member of the band. (The numbering doesn’t represent my most or least favorite)
1) Niall Horan
Niall James Horan (25). You can call him my bias (my favorite member of all). With an amazing Irish charm and humbleness, Niall’s solo music does wonders and is how Liam Payne described “Hard to hate”. His debut album ‘ Flicker ‘ was about heartbreak, and Horan was successful at making the fans cry and feel hopeful about it at the same time.
Why I like him : Niall is just, amazing. He has this charm, you can’t hate him. He is witty, knows his music (and is versatile at it). He is also a model, influencer, businessman and what not. He’s basically all in one. And no tinge of arrogance.
2) Harry Styles.
Harry Edward Styles (25). The youngest member of the band (and also the tallest), Harry is basically everyone’s favorite. He has his own rules, he fears no one when it comes to showcasing his love for fashion (for an example his MET Gala 2019 look) His solo album went full on classical rock.
Why I love him : The one thing I love the most about him is his love for fashion. His fashion sense defines no gender boundaries, asks the toxic masculinity to stay aside. And the best thing about him – his dimples when he smiles.
3) Liam Payne
Liam James Payne (25). The nicest and kindest person alive. Literally. His debut EP ‘First Time ‘ , gave an edgier sound, more like the blues mixed with pop vibes. Father to one, he just like his mate Niall, chooses to keep his life private.
Why I love him : Just everything about him is so nice. His innocence, the way he treats fans, his kindness, the way he understands women like no one else. Words are less to describe him.
4) Louis Tomlinson
Louis William Tomlinson (27). If you love and follow Louis, get ready to hear him say “Thank you so much for everything ” like a million times a day. Basically, Louis respects and loves his fans more than anything. His debut song ‘Just Hold On ‘ with Steve Aoki and his recent single ‘ Two Of Us’ was about his mother who passed away and whom he was really close to. Even after he lost his sister and mother, Louis still encourages his fans to never give up hope on life and gives several others the hope to live, no matter what happens. Kindness runs in his genes.
Why I like him : He has an angelic voice like no one. A very talented songwriter, his lyrics do magic. He basically has the best fanbase, and to be honest there’s nothing bad about him. He’s the best person you can ever know.
5) Zayn Malik
Zain Javadd Malik (26). Also known as Zayn, after being in the band for four years, he decided to follow his own direction and decided to leave the band. His debut album ‘ Mind Of Mine ‘ (yeah now you know where my blog name came from) was dark, soulful, with the blues vibe, and lyrics about sex, nothing like One Direction. Which pretty much explained his exit. But at the same time, his attitude with fans never changed, he still respects and loves them, even though most artists who go that way of the music industry don’t.
Why I love him : Zayn’s music is wonderful. He’s basically proved to have a very distinct taste in music, with more Indian vibes in his songs. He keeps you waiting for his music but when it’s out, it’s totally worth the wait.
As a band vs their solo careers.
One Direction literally ruled the music industry as a band for five years. With millions going crazy for them, they had what people thought was the perfect career and life.
It was only after Zayn left the band, and the lads decided to go on a temporary ‘ hiatus ‘ (literally meaning a break), the fans realized how controlled they were in the band. Not being allowed to have their own originality in music, giving them less time to give out an album. No wonder why the boys who gave an album almost each year are taking 2 years to give out even one. It’s about the originality and feelings they wanted to share with their music, something they couldn’t do in One Direction.
However, the worst part was when some fans got divided in groups. They started supporting their own favourites from the band, dissing the band and other bandmates in return. It has become like a competition for many – who’s solo career is doing the best?
I personally feel that this hiatus shouldn’t be about fighting each other when we are from the same fandom, like a family. We are not here to bring anyone down.
At the same time, we prove to still be the best fandom in the world. I mean, which boyband wins the award of ‘Best BoyBand ‘ and ‘ Best Fans ‘ every year even after 4 years of hiatus? Only we Directioners can do that.
The blog is my personal opinion as a fan of 1D since 7 years. No intention to hurt anyone’s feelings.