All One Direction singles, ranked worst to best

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One Direction Releases New Single! 'Drag Me Down' Is 1st Without Zayn Malik

With "Drag Me Down," One Direction enters a new phase of its career as one of the most successful pop groups of all time, as the quintet is now a quartet following the departure of Zayn Malik earlier this year.

One Direction is looking forward and preparing its fifth studio album, but before we get even more new music, let's look back on the group's impressive collection of radio hits over the past five years. Where does "Drag Me Down" rank among 1D's best official singles — and which single is unquestionably the group's best?

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Check out Billboard's ranked list of every One Direction single, from their first official single to today's new track. Where does your favorite rank?

15. Gotta Be You

Earnest, inoffensive lyrics about a cute girl? Check. But as sweet as the tune is, it's pretty forgettable. This Up All Night track was a good starting point, but the guys had much better in store for their devoted fans.

14. Little Things

We know this ranking is controversial: the song certainly has its superfans, but we never got on board with one of 1D's biggest ballads. The guys' harmonies are on point, but the lyrics fail to measure up (and, it must be said, rubbed plenty of people the wrong way).

13. More Than This

Off their debut album, this track is fine - plenty of high school slow dances have taken place with this solid tune playing in the background - but for as memorable as many of 1D's pop bests are, this one isn't in the same league.

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12. One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)

This is a charity single and a double cover, so consider its inclusion here just a bonus. The cover of the classic tunes is nothing special, but there is a super goofy video that shows the guys at their charming best. Not the band's greatest single, but the impetus for one of their most enjoyable videos.

11. Midnight Memories

Adding a bit of rock n' roll edge to their pop ways, the title track off their third album showcased a group that was maturing and the promise of what the future could hold. Plus: The tune has one hell of a sing along-worthy chorus.

10. Night Changes

The guys are growing up before our very eyes! "Night Changes" is a ballad showcasing tight harmonies and a markedly different sound than first Four single "Steal My Girl."

9. You & I

A Midnight Memories slow burner, "You & I" succeeds with its moving melody and aching lyrics -- not to mention a few killer high notes toward the end.

8. Drag Me Down

The group's first post-Zayn single is an ode to the fans and a logical pop-rock progression following the arena-rock heard on Four. Click here to read a full breakdown of 1D's newest song.

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7. Best Song Ever

Yes, it sounds like "Baba O'Riley" — that's the point. One Direction sought a big, dumb slice of fun to lead third album Midnight Memories, and with "Best Song Ever," the boys howled toward the Who and let the sexual innuendos fly freely. It's not the best song ever, but it's a pretty great one.

6. Kiss You

One Direction has better singles than "Kiss You" (hence its No. 6 ranking on this list), but none are quite as giddy or as effervescent as this three-minute romp. "Kiss You" captures the rapid exhilaration of a first kiss, and is just as unforgettable.

5. Story of My Life

The Mumford & Sons homage is real, but so is the emotion: "Story of My Life" is ace songwriting no matter the genre, with all five members pulling their weight and crafting a folk-pop chorus one can't help but sing along with by the end of the song.

4. Live While We're Young

Following the sugar rush provided by their Up All Night singles, One Direction returned with a single just as sticky-sweet and quotable. "Live While We're Young" flaunts a bulletproof guitar riff (thanks, the Clash!), dizzying bridge and some of the boys' most quotable lyrics to date.

3. Steal My Girl


Perhaps more than any other One Direction track, "Steal My Girl" makes ample room for a killer instrumental to balance out the vocal hooks. The arena-rock backing track here is pitch-perfect, and the stomp-clap power of the chorus is undeniable on both headphones and in a stadium.

2. One Thing

"One Thing" is easily One Direction's most underrated single ever, a gooey puppy-love song with incredible melodies and a gorgeous breakdown-to-final-chorus transition. The song only peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but "One Thing" deserves to be remembered as essential.

1. What Makes You Beautiful

"Baby you light up my world like nobody else/The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed." And with that, we were putty in the hands of these five U.K. lads. "What Makes You Beautiful" towers above the rest of One Direction's strong singles discography, an effortlessly charming and supremely durable introduction to the world at large following their X Factor run. The group is unlikely to ever top the majesty of its debut single — and that says less about their follow-up hits and more about how freaking good "What Makes You Beautiful" is, was and always will be.

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All One Direction singles, ranked worst to best
British band One Direction arrive for the world premiere of The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, at a cinema in Leicester Square, London, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010.(AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Niall, of musical group One Direction, performs at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
From left, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, of musical group One Direction, perform at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Liam Payne, of musical group One Direction, performs at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
One Direction, from left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson arrive at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
One Direction members Louis Tomlinson, left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik perform in concert, in New York, Saturday, May 26 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
One Direction at the Brit Awards 2012 at The O2 Arena in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/John Marshall JME) THIS CONTENT IS IS NOT PART OF ANY SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE AND ANY USAGE WILL CARRY A SEPARATE FEE
Members of the British band One Direction, from left, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
One Direction members Zayn Malik, left, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson perform in concert, in New York, Saturday, May 26 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
From left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, of musical group One Direction, accept the award for best pop video for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Louis Tomlinson from the British band One Direction, right, greets fans at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne perform on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Members of the British band One Direction, from left, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson perform on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
From left, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne of British band One Direction perform on stage during the BRIT Awards 2013 at the o2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
British pop group One Direction arrive at the Cannes festival palace, to take part in the NRJ Music awards ceremony, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Cannes, southeastern France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
One Direction perform on stage during the BRIT Awards 2013 at the o2 Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in London. (Photo by John Marshall/Invision/AP)
Niall Horan, from left, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson of the musical group One Direction perform on stage at the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Musical group One Direction performs at the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Musical group One Direction accept the awards for choice music group, choice single by a group, choice love song and choice summer tour at the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
From left, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne from British band One Direction arrive for the UK Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us 3D' at a central London cinema, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson pose for a photo after performing on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson pose for a photo after performing on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
One Direction member Harry Styles poses with a gift from a fan while performing on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Zayn Malik, from left, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
From left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson of the musical group One Direction poses backstage with the award for Best Song of the Summer for "Best Song Ever" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Zayn Malik, from left, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of One Direction present the award for best pop video at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
From left, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of the musical group One Direction arrive at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
One Direction band members, from left Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik accept the Best Video Award onstage at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
One Direction, from left, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles arrive at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Britain's Prince William meets boyband One Direction at the Royal Variety Performance, in support of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, at the Palladium Theatre in London, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Yui Mok, pool)
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction appear on NBC's Today Show to release their new album 'Four' at Universal City Walk At Universal Orlando on November 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles of One Direction arrive at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, components from the British band One Direction during the ceremony of the '40 Principales Awards 2014' at Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, December 12, 2014. (AP Photo / Abraham Caro Marin)
Harry Styles, from left, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik of the musical group One Direction accept the award for pop/rock band, duo or group on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik components from the British band One Direction receive the prize to best music video during the ceremony of the '40 Principales Awards 2014' at Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, December 12, 2014. (AP Photo / Abraham Caro Marin)
English Irish pop boy band One Direction arrives at the Cannes festival palace, to take part in the NRJ Music awards ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Cannes, southeastern France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Louis Tomlinson, from left, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Harry Styles of the musical group One Direction pose in the press room with the awards for top duo/group and top touring artist at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles of One Direction performs during the Honda Civic Tour at Qualcomm Stadium on Thursday, July 9, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Niall Horan of One Direction performs during the Honda Civic Tour at Qualcomm Stadium on Thursday, July 9, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Niall Horan, from left, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform during the Honda Civic Tour at Qualcomm Stadium on Thursday, July 9, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 15: (L-R) Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform on stage at Century Link Field on July 15, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
British band One Direction member Harry Styles performs on stage as part of the apple iTunes Festival 2015, at the Camden Roundhouse in North London, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" at Rumsey Playfield/SummerStage on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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