On March 25 2015, the world of pop was torn apart. Zayn Malik quit One Direction, ending the original line-up of the twenty-first century’s biggest pop phenomenon.
Now One Direction are returning to London for the first time as a four-piece, headlining Wembley Stadium for the Capital FM Summertime Ball. It seems a good moment to look back at what Harry, Louis, Niall, Liam and (sob) Zayn have achieved so far.
So here it is: the definitive list of the 20 best One Direction songs. Following our in-depth run-downs of the best Taylor Swift songs, the best Rihanna songs and the best Eminem songs, we’ve raided all four One Direction albums to pick 1D’s greatest hits and best deep cuts.
Scroll through our Top 20, then vote for your favourite One Direction song in our online ranker poll. And if you think that there’s nothing more 1D than pretty faces and a gazillion-dollar merchandise industry, then read on and learn. These guys have changed the world and left some genuinely great songs in their wake.