Known for their non-choreographed performances and Harry Styles (let's be honest), the British-Irish boy band has gone a very long way from their fetus X-Factor days back in 2010. Gone are the Jack Wills hoodies, the braces, the suspenders, ink-free bodies, and the bubblegum-pop sound. After four successful albums, Niall (my future baby daddy ehem ehem), Louis, Harry, Zayn, and Liam have grown to become one of the fittest, most envied and coveted men in the music industry. But people often wonder why this is so, and why are they so popular among teens? Yes, they have the abs, perfect quiffs, and faces to die for, but there's definitely more to them than that.
Even before they became this gorgeous, hot, and have possessed the voices of angels, people who watched X-Factor already liked them. This may be because they're really funny lads who are just complete dorks. This made them entertaining and really cute. Because of the X-Factor video diaries, the show showed the world just how silly and really nice these boys are. And even when they have already made it big, they didn't stop their funny antics and cuteness. In interviews, meet and greets, fan signings, and stolen videos, you could really see that they're still their cheeky and nice selves. Along with their realness, they're also really nice people. They aren't douchebags and they don't get into trouble with other people. They don't start fights and they even treat their fans very kindly.
They have such beautiful voices *cries*.
Contrary to popular belief (meaning contrary to what non-directioners believe), these five boys can actually sing. Although they did not win the X-Factor and although each of them didn't originally pass bootcamp, their live performances prove that they can produce nice vocals. Zayn and Harry especially, have time and time again melted the hearts of fans due to their perfect high notes in Moments, Gotta Be You, You and I, Story of My Life, Right Now, Something Great, and A LOT more (I mean have you seen the Vines??). Their harmony can also bring out eargasms as they are just per-fect. The only sad thing is these don't get very much appreciated because people are quick to judge them.
They don't conform to the "boy band stereotype".
Yes, this has been said before, but I cannot emphasize this enough. It's alright for people that they don't dance because they sing instead. They also don't always bring out pop in their albums. In their most recent album, Midnight Memories, the boys have produced more rock sounding tracks in the record. Their Take Me Home album shows their transition from pop to pop-rock. To go with their rockier genre, the boys look bad ass. Since 2012, Harry, Louis, Zayn and Liam have been adorning their bodies with different tattoos. This just goes to show that they're not the clean-cut boy band that everyone expects them to be.
Of course the physical appearance is a great factor as to why they're liked by so many girls. With a face like that, even Narcissus would obsess over them. One thing about One Direction is that they all look good. And they all look different too, which means more choices, yay! They could wear whatever type of clothing or have any type of hair, and they would still look beautiful (huhuhuhu).
Sometimes, I feel like even if One Direction do have a really really big fan base, it's still hard for everyone to like them. I guess having the title of a "boy band" makes them not treated fairly. They aren't taken more seriously when it comes to their music because people always assume that boy bands are only a marketing tool. They aren't just a pretty face, they are artists that also have talent and can produce good music. Someone who says they don't have nice songs are people who obviously haven't really listened to their music. There are a lot of songs by them that need more attention because they simply are just wonderful. I guess the haters can hate, but there's no denying what these boys can offer.
- Kim Alivia
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