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The 10 best One Direction songs, definitively ranked

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british pop band One Direction have broken their secrecy on social media. Bang Showbiz – Bang Extra, Bang Showbiz – Bang Extra Ten years ago, on July 23, 2010, Simon Cowell grouped five singing aspirant together on “ The X Factor U.K. ” Those kids were One Direction. Although they came in third on the television competition, they went on to achieve impossible success cosmopolitan, selling out stadiums and scoring top 10 hits including “ Story of My Life, ” “ Best song ever ” and “ Drag Me Down. ” But it was n’t all roses. In 2015, Zayn Malik abruptly left the group, and former that class, remaining members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson announced they were going on foramen. “ It ‘s not adieu, it ‘s fair, ‘See you late, ” Payne told USA TODAY in 2015, ahead of the dismissal of the band ‘s fifth and last album “ Made in the A.M. ” “ It ‘s like what Tigger used to say : ‘Ta-ta for now. ‘ “ With 1D ‘s tenth anniversary this month, their patriotic fans ( besides known as Directioners ) are even crossing their fingers for a reunion as the guys enjoy successful solo careers. In the meanwhile, here are 10 of their best songs to celebrate the milestone. One Direction: ‘It ‘s not adieu, just see you late ‘ More: One Direction fans lose their minds, solicit for reunion after set ‘s foremost pinch in two years

10. “Little White Lies” (from “Midnight Memories, 2013) 

The closest 1D ever got to a dubstep birdcall, making it a refreshing outlier in the band ‘s pop-rock and folk-leaning catalog .

9. “Night Changes” (from “Four,” 2014) 

A smooth quixotic ballad about growing up and growing old together. It was besides the end music video featuring Malik before his passing, giving the lyrics sadly eerie plangency.

8. “History” (from “Made in the A.M.,” 2015)

Whether you ‘re a die-hard Directioner or first-time hearer, it ‘s impossible not to get nostalgic hearing this soulful ode to their union and time together, made all the more bittersweet by their ten anniversary .

7. “She’s Not Afraid” (from “Take Me Home,” 2012) 

There are two things in this populace we ‘ll never understand : person being scared to fall in love with 1D, and why this punchy pop hymn was only a bonus track on the “ Take Me Home ” deluxe version .

6. “Change Your Ticket” (from “Four,” 2014) 

Another bonus track that should ‘ve been a single, in which Payne oozes charisma as he takes run on vocals .

5. “Long Way Down” (from “Made in the A.M.,” 2015)

“ Made in the A.M. ” featured some of the ring ‘s most mature songwriting, apparent on this reflective song about the highs and lows of fame .

4. “Stockholm Syndrome” (from “Four,” 2014)

Co-written by Styles, who shows his preference for absurdity on this playfully indicative track about being trapped in a relationship – and loving it .

3. “Perfect” (from “Made in the A.M.,” 2015)

Styles has constantly been intentionally undefined about whether “ Perfect ” was a rejoinder to ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift ‘s “ 1989, ” which has four songs vaguely referencing him. ( Speculation is “ constantly fun to see, but it ‘s up to everybody ‘s individual interpretation, ” Styles told USA TODAY in 2015. ) careless, this ’80s-inspired atavistic is tailor-made for jamming in the car with the windows down .

2. “Once in a Lifetime” (from “Four,” 2014) 

possibly the most gorgeous birdcall 1D always released, this is a tender, about pensive ballad that showcases all the guys ‘ voices, particularly as they harmonize in concert on the haunt chorus.

1. “What Makes You Beautiful” (from “Up All Night,” 2012) 

Call us boring or basic for ranking this puppy-love anthem No. 1. But 1D ‘s breakthrough hit is 3 minutes and 19 seconds of arrant joy, with its insanely catchy pilfer and adorably earnest lyrics. The boys released their brash “ Best song ever ” in 2013, but we ‘d argue this is actually it .