In honor of their new album Made in the A.M. dropping today, Entertainment Weekly polled each member of One Direction about their biggest musical influences and milestones. Here are the highlights of what they revealed:
The first song Liam Payne ever performed in public was “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly.
“I mumbled my way through it,” Payne says of the ’90s inspirational ballad, at “about 7 years old on a karaoke machine.”
Speaking of karaoke, Payne also tells EW that one of his go-to karaoke songs is “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra. “What a jam,” he says of the Big Apple anthem.
Louis Tomlinson says the song “Far Away” by Nickelback reminds him of his first love.
Apparently the song is so meaningful to Tomlinson that he has the title tattooed on his arm. “I just really like it,” he elaborates. There’s no mention of who this said first love is, however. On the songwriting side, he credits Ed Sheeran, Green Day and Robbie Williams as being his biggest inspirations.
“Growing up on Green Day, that kind of got me into performing.”
Harry Styles is a major Meat Loaf fan.
The ‘80s rocker’s Bat of out Hell was the first album Styles bought, when he was 10 years old. “I used to listen to a lot of my dad’s music and my mum’s music,” he explains of the surprising choice. “They already had that album that I listened to, and then my dad lost his Bat Out of Hell so I went out and got one.” He also spills that he wishes he had written Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” saying “I think the verse in that song is one of the best verses ever written. It’s incredible.”
Niall Horan is heavily inspired by ‘70s bands like The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.
“My favorite band of all time is The Eagles,” he declares. “They’ve influenced me in the stuff I listen to now and the way I write.” For karaoke he skips ahead a couple decades for Chris Brown’s “With You” (“I remember singing that in a talent show when I was about 14”) and “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys.
But the first songs he ever performed in public? Those were during his school production of Oliver! when he was just a lad. He’s certainly come a long way from singing about gruel.