Harry Styles drops first solo single 'Sign of the Times': Listen now


It's finally the moment One Direction fans have all been waiting for: Harry Styles' first solo single has arrived.

As promised in a sneaky teaser commercial during the U.K.'s X Factor on March 25 and the title and cover art reveal on March 31, Styles officially dropped "Sign of the Times" on Friday (April 7). And as expected, it's pretty killer.

Although Styles never gave any hint about how his solo material would sound, he delivered a true spacey rock ballad in "Sign of the Times," something that might fit in more with David Bowie's catalog or perhaps even an epic '90s rock jam like Spacehog's "In the Meantime" than it does with today's top 40. Aside from the familiarity of Styles' voice, this does not sound like a 1D song.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Harry Styles Sighting in South Kensington on October 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Harry Styles is pictured getting a parking ticket on March 10th, 2016 in London,England. (Photo by Crowder/Legge/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Harry Styles is seen at LAX on January 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Recording artist Harry Styles attends the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Singers Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles of One Direction attend Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 on December 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Mark Davis/DCNYRE2016/Getty Images for dcp)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of One Direction attend the BBC Music Awards at Genting Arena on December 10, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Recording artist Harry Styles of One Direction performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2015 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Harry Styles arrives at the 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at Staples Center on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Recording artists Harry Styles (L) and Liam Payne of One Direction perform onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM�s Jingle Ball 2015 Presented by Capital One at STAPLES CENTER on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Harry Styles of One Direction performs during the KIIS FM� Jingle Ball 2015 presented by Capital One on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: (EDITORS NOTE: IMAGE WAS PROCESSED USING DIGITAL FILTERS) Recording artist Harry Styles of music group One Direction performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FMÂs Jingle Ball 2015 Presented by Capital One at STAPLES CENTER on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: Singer Harry Styles of One Direction performs during the 6th Annual 99.7 NOW! Triple Ho Show at SAP Center on December 2, 2015 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 01: Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction attend 106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball at American Airlines Center on December 1, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 25: (L-R) Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction attend a press conference and photo call to promote One Direction's album Made in the A.M. at Four Seasons Hotel on November 25, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singer Harry Styles of One Direction arrives at the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: (L-R) Recording artists Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of One Direction attend the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2015/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Harry Styles of the band 'One Direction' is seen performing on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on November 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Harry Styles of One Direction leaves The Maida Vale Studios on November 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Harry Styles of One Direction performs on stage as part of Apple Music Festival at The Roundhouse on September 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Harry Styles at Lou Lou's club on September 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 29: Harry Styles of One Direction performs in support of the On The Road Again Tour at Ford Field on August 29, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: (L-R) Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform on 'Good Morning America' on August 04, 2015 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med via Getty Images)
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A video for the new single is seemingly on the way soon, as Styles was recently spotted hanging from a helicopter in what was reported as the video shoot for the song. Outside of the video, though, it's unclear whether Styles will be releasing any more new music in the coming weeks/months. But he is slated to perform on Saturday Night Live on April 15, where artists typically perform two songs -- so we may just be seeing another Styles single before we know it.

For now, listen to "Sign of the Times" below:


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