One Direction may not be an active boyband anymore, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not still immensely popular. Originally brought together on the reality show, The X-Factor, the group went on to become arguably the most successful contestants to have ever been part of the series.
One Direction didn’t even win their particular series of the show, but that didn’t stop them from becoming hugely popular. While their solo careers have all gone on to be impressive as well, it is together as a group when they’re at their most popular, and the huge numbers that their music videos garner on YouTube are a sign of exactly that.
10 One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) (453 Million Views)
This particular song isn’t actually an original by the band but is instead a cover song that they did in order to raise money for the charity, Comic Relief. The band covered two songs in one, with this blending in Blondie’s “One Way Or Another” with the popular song, “Teenage Kicks” by The Undertones.
The song reached number one in the UK charts, and unlike the usual highly polished videos that come for major pop groups, the band took a different twist with this one. Instead of paying a company to film them, they decided to video themselves throughout their tour, with the best bits being brought together in a fun video.
9 Perfect (469 Million Views)
This song came from One Direction’s fifth album, once Zayn had left the band. However, that didn’t slow the group down, and “Perfect” is another great song that proved to be popular around the world, with the number of views showcasing just how much fans still wanted to see them.
The video is one that stands out in comparison to what the band normally did, being totally filmed in black and white. It showcases the band while they’re on tour in a relaxed environment, giving fans a glimpse of what they do in the hotel rooms.
8 Kiss You (514 Million Views)
The music video for “Kiss You” was one that leaned on the band’s comedic side, making for an altogether entertaining video. It takes them to different locations, from riding around on cars to skiing, but they are just in front of a green screen the whole time.
The video cuts and shows the truth, exposing the situation for comedy, which makes the video entertaining. It makes the most of the group’s youth and energy, creating a fun watch to go along with the song.
7 You & I (520 Million Views)
“You & I” is a different type of song for the group in terms of the music itself, leaning into rock, at times. The song is a popular one for the group, hence why it has built up so many views, but the video itself is creative and shot in a unique manner.
The video showcases the band on a pier, with each member walking and singing as they morph into each other as it goes on. They all wear the same clothes, which makes things even slicker, and the creativity was rewarded with a Brit Award.
6 Live While We’re Young (685 Million Views)
“Live While We’re Young” is far more upbeat and is one of the group’s big pop songs and the music video reflects that. The vibe is really positive throughout it all, which helps to make this one of the most enjoyable music videos to watch.
The setting provides a music festival atmosphere, with the group popping up in tents having fun and messing around. But they then kick in and play the guitar and dance around too, in what is an enjoyable video.
5 One Thing (704 Million Views)
This is another big hit for the band, which brought the top 10 successes in multiple countries around the world. The video to go along with it is a lot of fun to watch and shows the band members in London going wild in an exciting video.
It showcases the group just having as much fun as possible, which makes the video an enjoyable and positive one overall.
4 Best Song Ever (725 Million Views)
This song more than lived up to its name, being one of the most successful that they ever created. Not only did it reach number two in the UK charts, but it also hit the same spot in the United States, which was their highest spot for a single.
The video is one that has a lot of detail put into it, and was actually written by talk show host, James Corden. It sees the members of the group take on different characters and telling a comedic story, with the band as themselves popping up and dancing around as well.
3 Story Of My Life (898 Million Views)
This is one of One Direction’s most iconic songs and one that is a little more serious in its tone. The lyrics are about relationships and heartbreak, which is different from some of the group’s bigger hits, but it helps this one stand out overall.
The video actually includes family members of the band, playing a big part in the story. It focuses on young pictures of the group with their family, which then changes to show them in the present moment, recreating the images in a video that fits the title itself.
2 Drag Me Down (949 Million Views)
The video for “Drag Me Down” was another great one for the band, bringing in nearly one billion views. The song was popular with fans, which led to it winning the Best Video Award at the Brit Awards in 2016.
It is a fun video that features the group preparing and training to become astronauts at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It’s enjoyable to see the group in a totally unique environment that people wouldn’t expect from them.
1 What Makes You Beautiful (1.2 Billion Views)
With over one billion views on YouTube, this song ended up being a huge hit for the band. Reaching number four in the US Billboard chart and winning the 2012 Brit Award for Best Single, “What Makes You Beautiful” took One Direction to a whole new level of popularity.
It wasn’t just the song that was award-winning, though, as the video itself won Best Pop Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. The video itself saw the group in California where they drove around in a campervan, popping out to hang on the beach or to meet up with people, eventually ending in a party atmosphere.
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