One Direction’s 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

From "What Makes You Beautiful" to new single "Steal My Girl," check out 1D's biggest Hot 100 hits to date.

One Direction has become one of the defining pop groups of the first half of the 2010s partially because the U.K. boy band is also one of the most prolific pop artists of that time period; forthcoming album Four will be the group’s fourth full-length in four years. Over that time period, 1D has exploded in popularity and reached stadium status, bringing a slew of colorful hit singles to the masses and conjuring unholy screams from thousands of teenage girls. It’s true that Zayn, Harry, Liam, Niall and Louis still have yet to top the Hot 100 chart, but with singles as diverse as “Little Things,” “Midnight Memories” and “One Thing,” the boys have become a mainstay on the U.S. singles chart, and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

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Ahead of their new album release, check out the 10 biggest One Direction songs, including each song’s Hot 100 peak position and debut date.

(Note: This chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 through the chart dated Nov. 15, 2014. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods.)

10. One Direction - “Midnight Memories”
Hot 100 Peak Position: No. 12
Debut Date: Dec. 7, 2013

The title track from 1D’s third studio album served as the opening track on the boys’ Where We Are stadium tour, as the quintet continued tumbling down the classic-rock rabbit hole on this screeching, chest-pounding sing-along.

9. One Direction - “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)”
Hot 100 Peak Position: No. 13
Debut Date: Mar. 9, 2013

A medley of Blondie’s “One Way or Another” and the Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks,” this stopgap single between Take Me Home and Midnight Memories was released as a charity offering for Comic Relief in 2013 and soon became another Top 20 hit for the boys.

8. One Direction - “Kiss You”
Hot 100 Peak Position: No. 46
Debut Date: Mar. 9, 2013

A rollicking power-pop track co-written by pop maestros Shellback and Savan Kotecha, this One Direction song highlighted sophomore album Take Me Home and sent up the Beach Boys and Elvis Presley in its music video, although the song failed to crack the Hot 100’s Top 40.

7. One Direction - “Steal My Girl”
Hot 100 Peak Position: No. 13
Debut Date: Oct. 18, 2014

The lead single from Four continues to inject some lighters-up arena rock into the upper reaches of the Hot 100, debuting at No. 13 last month and coming in at No. 34 on last week’s tally.

6. One Direction - “Little Things”
Hot 100 Peak Position: No. 33
Debut Date: Jan. 12, 2013

One Direction’s only straight-up ballad to appear on this list, “Little Things” draws its hushed imagery from co-writer Ed Sheeran, who helped the boy band display its sensitive side following playful hits like “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Live While We’re Young.”

5. One Direction - “One Thing”
Hot 100 Peak Position: No. 39
Debut Date: July 7, 2012

It’s no easy task following up a breakthrough hit like “What Makes You Beautiful,” but this bouncy One Direction song performed admirably as the second single from Up All Night, entering the Top 40 of the Hot 100 and confirming that One Direction was no one-hit wonder.

4. One Direction - “Live While We’re Young”
Hot 100 Peak Position: No. 3
Debut Date: Oct. 20, 2012

One Direction mania had officially invaded the United States by the time “Live While We’re Young” was released as the lead single from second album Take Me Home, and the carefree anthem immediately shot into the Hot 100’s Top 5 upon its release.

3. One Direction - “Best Song Ever”
Hot 100 Peak Position: No. 2
Debut Date: Aug. 10, 2013

A No. 1 single on the Hot 100 chart still eludes the One Direction boys, but “Best Song Ever” got darn close when it debuted in the runner-up spot in summer 2013. The “Baba O’Riley”-riffing intro is a great touch, but the entire second verse — better known as dentist dad versus dirty mouth — has to be the highlight on this one.

2. One Direction - “Story of My Life”
Hot 100 Peak Position: No. 6
Debut Date: Nov. 16, 2013

Although it’s slower than “Best Song Ever” and took a longer time to get going on the Hot 100, the folk-tinged “Story of My Life” eventually became the bigger hit and one of the group’s signature hits thanks to its longer life-span on the chart.

1. One Direction - “What Makes You Beautiful”
Hot 100 Peak Position: No. 4
Debut Date: Apr. 21, 2012

For many Americans, “What Makes You Beautiful” was their introduction to the zippy British harmonies of One Direction — and with its immaculate pop melodies and charming lyrics, what an introduction it was. Amazingly, “What Makes You Beautiful” made its Hot 100 debut only two and a half years ago, triggering a quarter-decade of pop culture domination for the five-piece.


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