YMMV: One Direction

  • Face of the Band: Harry Styles.
  • Americans Love One Direction: They're popular all over the world, but the level of success they achieved in the United States is unprecedented for a U.K. boy band.
  • Growing the Beard: Critics and non-fans are saying that the heartfelt-sounding "Story of My Life" is the beginning of One Direction's maturing as a music group.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Their better songs tend to be this. In particular, "Best Song Ever", "Live While We're Young", and "Midnight Memories" has developed reputations that those who deride the band actually admit to liking those specific songs, despite (or maybe because of) the fact that they sample/interpolate other older songs ("Baba O'Riley", "Should I Stay or Should I Go", and "Pour Some Sugar On Me" respectively).
  • Ho Yay: In "Little Things", when you have five guys sitting in a circle singing a love song in first and second person, it's really hard not to think they're serenading each other.
  • Signature Song: "What Makes You Beautiful."
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus of their music, outside their fandom and hatedom. They're catchy and non-offensive, but nothing horribly impressive in terms of musical talent.