One Direction fans are celebrating the bands 10-year anniversary today, so let us take a trip down 1D memory lane to remember some of the best years of Directioners’ lives. (Image source: Somag News)
By Alexandra Bull | @ally_bull19
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and most importantly of all, One Direction Fans, today is the day we have all been waiting for: 10 years of One Direction.
The band, consisting of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan (and once upon a time Zayn Malik) were formed on the X-Factor UK, 10 years ago today, which is why July 23 is the biggest day in the One Direction fandom.
Here is a little recap for us all: after not making it past boot camp as solo contestants, the boys were bought back and formed by the judges into a boyband, making it all the way through to the grand final where they finished third.
But that was only the beginning for these teen heartthrobs.
Five albums and four world tours later, there is no denying One Direction have been one of the biggest boybands in the world.
The band toured Australia three times, their first trip in 2012 only venturing to the east coast, before performing their ‘Take Me Home’ tour all around Australia and their final tour in 2015,‘On the Road Again,’ which was the beginning of the end, if we want to be dramatic about it (which I do).
They have had four UK number one hits, six Top 10 hits in the US and as of April 2020, have sold over 70 million records worldwide.
The boys have won 223 awards, including seven Brit awards and seven American Music Awards, including the Global Success Award (which has since been abolished) twice and British Artist Video of The Year four times in four consecutive years.
The group have done some huge performances over the years, including singing their hit song ‘What Makes You Beautiful,’ at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony, only a mere two years after being formed, as well as performances at some of the world’s biggest music award shows.
They have performed at the AMA’s and the Brit Awards, along with performing at Australia’s ARIA’s awards in 2014 and Harry as a solo artist in 2017.
Their fan base, the ‘Directioners’ have stuck around for 10 years and have helped keep the hope of something happening special for the band’s anniversary, very much alive.
With one of the biggest online presences on all forms of social media, fans have been begging for a reunion for the 10-year anniversary, mainly so we can finally see the band perform Stockholm Syndrome live, as Australian fans were robbed of that in 2015.
Now, whether you have been around since Kevin the pigeon or have only just started listening to their music, or maybe you do not even like One Direction, there is no denying the group is insanely talented and have given the world some absolute tunes over the years.
‘What Makes You Beautiful,’ launched them to stardom in 2011 and was followed by hits such as ‘Live While We’re Young,’ ‘Best Song Ever’ and ‘Drag Me Down’.
Most impressively, the boys also greatly contributed to the song-writing of pretty much all of their songs on their later three albums; Louis claims a massive 29 writing credits, and Liam with 26, demonstrating how heavily involved and passionate they were about the creative process of their albums.
It also shows how deeply personal their music was, which not only makes it so much more authentic but also provided listeners with a small window into their lives.
As solo artists, the boys have eight albums between them, which have graced our airwaves since 2016, when Zayn Malik released ‘PILLOWTALK’.
Their solo songs have had a consistent presence in the charts ever since.
Each band member, especially Liam and Niall, has hinted at a reunion and many fans are hoping today will be the day.
On Twitter, there have been some hints dropped to a potential documentary with never- seen-before footage of the boys and an interactive website for the fans.
This would be more content in one day than fans have received in the last four and a half years, thus making it an exciting prospect
It is unlikely a full-scale reunion will happen anytime soon due to three of the members going on tour next year, but the bar has certainly been set high for any future reunions by other groups.
For example, The Jonas Brothers going above and beyond for their own reunion, offering fans a tour and an album.
Personally, I could do with another One Direction movie as well as an album and tour, because we honestly deserve after their ‘18 month’ hiatus turned into almost four years.
While it is possible today could be the last day One Direction are officially together (God forbid) there is no denying fans have been blessed with enormous amounts of content from the band over the years.
We got a full seven-hour livestream coined ‘1D Day’ in 2013, along with their movie This Is Us. We also received multiple books, TV specials and iconic interviews, along with hundreds of concerts,16 music videos and let us not forget the epic ‘1D World’ stores that graced the planet from 2012 until 2014.
Do I still have my onesie and two-metre-long banner from 1D World that I received for Christmas in 2012? Definitely. But honestly, who can blame me? The items are absolutely iconic.
The group always went above and beyond for their fans and for that I believe the fanbase will be forever grateful for that, even if they never performed their final album live on tour.
There is no denying we were spoilt with 1D content over the five years the boys were together, and even more so now with their solo endeavours, which has shown their individual music styles and always leaves fans wanting more.
One Direction will remain one of the biggest bands the world has ever seen, let alone one of the biggest boybands, with five years of constant success as a band.
Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another ‘18 months’ for this reunion to happen.