One Direction

Larger than life

One Direction is still relatively new to the scene, but they're certainly not a run-of-the-mill band. Check out these surprising similarities between One Direction and one of the most influential bands of all time, The Beatles.


The (re)emergence of leading lads

The Beatles are considered by many as the first real band comprised of dreamy guys. They garnered the love and respect of a generation of young people, many of whom had affection for a favorite band member. Many copycat groups followed, including extremely popular bands like The Who, The Monkees, NKOTB and the Backstreet Boys. But bands composed only of talented lads fell out of favor in the early 2000s. One Direction is considered by many as the re-emergence of the popular trend.


That hair!

The Beatles were known for many things, but you can't deny that one of those things was their hair. In fact, their style was so popular that the mop-top cut they sported became known as "The Beatle." The lads of One Direction may not have a cut named after them (yet!), but teenage girls everywhere have followed the evolution of their luscious locks since day one. There's not a young girl in America that wouldn't give anything to run her fingers through that perfectly coiffed hair.


Inspired by the King

Both One Direction and The Beatles have named Elvis Presley as a major musical influence. John Lennon was famously affected by Elvis Presley's controversial presentation and stage presence, and One Direction went so far as to salute Elvis in their music video "Kiss You."


Glory of youth

Because The Beatles and One Direction were launched into the limelight so early in their careers, the lads from both groups were — and are — young in their heyday. The Beatles made it big between the ages of 19 and 23, and the young men from One Direction were between the ages of 17 and 18 during their formation.


The overnight success

In 2010, the men of One Direction were just five solo competitors on the X Factor, and by 2012 they were known worldwide. The Beatles were actually a little slower at obtaining international acclaim, but within three years of their formation, they were known and loved worldwide.


A nonmusical manager mastermind

Both One Direction and The Beatles were formed, in large part, by the influence and oversight of managers who never performed their own music. The Beatles were overseen by Brian Epstein, who helped form them into a presentable act, and One Direction formed on the recommendation of music mogul Simon Cowell.


A British invasion

The Beatles represented the beginning of a wave of British influence in 1960s America, because they were the first component of British pop culture to gain hold of the American psyche. British influence slowed down by the late 1970s, but critics now contend that One Direction started another British invasion with their debut.


Using the new media

So how did these Brits (and one Irishman, in the case of One Direction) gain a foothold in America? Both bands ingeniously used the media of their day to earn popularity and acclaim. The Beatles made their American debut on the popular Ed Sullivan Show, using television to gain an audience. One Direction won the love of fans both through their music and their use of social media to directly interact with their audience.


Popular identities

Bands like The Beatles and One Direction are what they are, in part, because of the crazed affection of young female fans. Girls in the 1960s often had a favorite Beatle, just like One Direction fans today often have special affection for Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry or Louis.


Pursuit of solo projects

Unfortunately, The Beatles parted ways in 1970 to pursue solo projects after a wildly successful career together (thanks, Yoko Ono). One Direction, on the other hand, was only formed because each member of the band initially pursued solo success on X Factor prior to joining forces with one another.

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Comments on "10 Crazy similarities between One Direction and The Beatles"

Laura January 05, 2014 | 3:16 PM

Actually, if people would just stop pretending One Direction wasn't talented…you'd see that they have in fact written songs/parts of songs, Niall plays the guitar, and they have natural charisma on stage. They are talented performers and people just need to get over it. Even if you don't like them you can't deny their ever improving talent…sure the beatles were and still are legends, but these guys will be as well. It's laughable that people can't accept a new boy band that has talent and girls drool over. If you would take a listen and watch videos you'd see their passion and live talent. Sorry you're still in denial but theres not point in wasting your time. It's almost like saying NSYNC and BSB were ------…and their songs were much worse than ID's, however catchy and sellable.

George January 01, 2014 | 9:16 AM

5. Overnight Success- In no way do these two bands have similarity because of their path to success. The Beatles worked hard for years before really having being considered successful. They became an awesome band by playing constant gigs, even taking gigs in Germany where they would have to play all night at a bar. One Direction took literally the easiest path to becoming pop stars- they achieved success on a reality TV show. That path has nothing in common with the hard work that the Beatles put in to achieve success. 7. British Invasion- The Beatles undoubtedly started a British Invasion. One Direction on the other hand? Adele became famous before One Direction, as did Mumford & Sons who's popular album, Sigh No More, achieved success before One Direction even won their TV show. This comparison really doesn't make sense. 10. Pursuit of solo projects- One Direction's members would have had no ability to "pursue solo projects" on their own if they hadn't formed a band. They were going to be ELIMINATED from the X Factor if they didn't form a group together. Despite that, they don't have the artistic vision to do something on their own. Most group members don't write their own songs, and as far as I know they don't have any songs solely attributed to a group member. This is a bunch of rubbish. The Beatles had the ability to pursue solo projects because of their musical abilities and great artistic vision, I don't think the same can be said of One Direction.

Metallic Man October 22, 2013 | 2:53 PM

Unlike the so called Beatles or Justin Bieber, the guys of One Direction have given a bigger and positive influence to the people all around the world, and focus more on making their fans happy than just pursuit void interest like those Liverpools guys. You can't compare a crappy band like the Beatles with the big success of One Direction, it's like comparing the awesome Rolling Stones with those commercial Jonas Brothers.

Bret6543 August 31, 2013 | 3:56 PM

---- One Direction they wish they had the Talent of the Beatles

theunsilentmajority August 29, 2013 | 5:31 AM

They forgot one "crazy" difference- One Direction is missing two musical geniuses who created timeless works of art. No one will know who these clowns were in 50 years; the Beatles' music will live forever...

Dalien August 23, 2013 | 6:23 AM

Completely, musically irresponsible article,... Beatles wrote their own songs, One Direction does not.... that alone is the most important factor....OneD, just another boy band that will go extinct like the rest... Maybe similarities in the reactions from a young girl fan base...but that's it. (In the distance the sound of a toilet flushes....thanks Simon Cowell for bringing these terds to brainwash our young kids... kids - go put on a Beatles record now... redeem your soul!... lol)

John Lennon August 21, 2013 | 3:43 AM

"She knows ---- all" How dare you compare the Beatles to this ----. This is laughable, you know nothing of how innovative the Beatles were.

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