One Direction’s 10 Best Music Videos (Ranked by YouTube Views)

One Direction may not be an active boy band anymore, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still immensely popular. Originally reunited in the reality show, The X Factorthe group became arguably the most successful contestant to ever appear on the show.

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One Direction didn’t even win their particular series of the show, but that didn’t stop them from becoming extremely popular. While their solo careers are equally impressive, it’s as a band that they’re most popular, and the huge number their music videos garner on YouTube is a testament to that.

ten Somehow (Teenage Kicks) (453 million views)

The One Direction in front of Downing Street in the clip of "One way or another"

This particular song isn’t really an original by the band but rather a cover they did to raise money for the charity Comic Relief. The group covered two songs in one, with this mixing in “One Way Or Another” by Blondie with the popular song “Teenage Kicks” by The Undertones.

The song reached number one on the UK charts, and unlike the usual very polished videos that come for big pop acts, the band took a different turn with this one. Instead of paying a company to film them, they decided to film themselves throughout their tour, with the best bits collected in one fun video.

9 Perfect (469 million views)

One Direction in black and white for video "Perfect"

This song is from One Direction’s fifth album, after Zayn left the band. However, that didn’t slow the band down, and “Perfect” is another great song that proved popular around the world, with the number of views showing how much fans still wanted to see them.

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The video is the one that stands out from what the band normally did, being totally filmed in black and white. It features the band while on tour in a relaxed environment, giving fans a glimpse of what they’re up to in hotel rooms.


8 I kiss you (514 million views)

One Direction acting stupid in the music video "Kisses"

the music video for “Kiss You” was the one that leaned on the comedic side of the group, which made for quite an entertaining video. It takes them to different places, from driving to skiing, but they’re right 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 band’s youth and energy, creating a fun watch to go along with the song.

7 You and me (520 million views)

One Direction song "You and me" in the music video

“You & I” is a different kind of song for the group in terms of the music itself, sometimes leaning towards rock. The song is popular for the group, hence the reason why it has builds so many views, but the video itself is creative and shot in a unique way.

The video features the group on a pier, with each member walking and singing as they transform into each other as they go. They all wear the same clothes, which makes things even more stylish, and the creativity has been rewarded with a Brit Award.

6 Live while we’re young (685 million views)

One Direction emerging from a tent in the

“Live While We’re Young” is much more upbeat and is one of the band’s great pop songs and the music video reflects this. There’s a really positive vibe in all of this, which helps make this one of the most enjoyable clips to watch.

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The setting provides a music festival atmosphere, with the band appearing in tents enjoying and having fun. But then they come in and play guitar and dance too, in what is a nice video.

5 One thing (704 million views)

A direction in the "A thing" Musical clip

It’s another big hit for the group, which has achieved top 10 hits in several countries around the world. The video that goes with is great fun to watch and shows the band members in London going wild in a thrilling video.

It shows the group having as much fun as possible, which makes the video enjoyable and positive overall.

4 Best Song of All Time (725 million views)

A direction on "Best song of all time" Musical clip

This song lives up to its name, being one of the most successful they have ever created. Not only did it reach No. 2 on the UK charts, it also reached the same spot in the US, which was their highest charting spot for a single.

The video is the one with a lot of detail and was actually written by talk show host, James Corden. It sees the band members playing different characters and telling a comedic story, with the band appearing and dancing as well.

3 Story of my life (898 million views)

Louis Tomlinson in The Story Of My Life music video

It’s one of One Direction’s most iconic songs and one that’s a bit more serious in tone. The lyrics are about relationships and heartbreak, which is different from some of the band’s biggest hits, but it helps this one stand out overall.

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The video actually includes family members of the band, playing a big role in the story. It focuses on young photos of the group with their family, which then change to show them in the moment, recreating the images in a video that matches the title itself.

2 Drag Me Down (949 million views)

One Direction dressed as astronauts in the music video "drag me down"

the “Drag Me Down” video was another big hit for the group, garnering almost a billion views. The song was popular with fans, earning it Best Video at the Brit Awards in 2016.

This is a fun video that features the group preparing and training to become astronauts at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It’s nice to see the band in a totally unique environment that people wouldn’t expect of them.

1 What makes you beautiful (1.2 billion views)

One Direction dancing in the "what makes you beautiful" Musical clip

With over a billion views on YouTube, this song ended up being a huge hit for the band. Reaching number four on 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 took home the award, as the video itself won Best Pop Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. The video itself saw the band in California where they drove around in an RV, heading out to hang out on the beach or meet people, ultimately ending in a party atmosphere.

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