10 One Direction Songs that Sound Like Other Songs

10 One Direction Songs that Sound Like Other Songs

Research shows that putting a number in the title will generate 50% more clicks.* Research also shows that One Direction songs sound a lot like other songs.**

* I made that up, but it’s probably something like that
** That research is what you can listen to below

VS The Clash

The Clash vs. One Direction on ThatSongSoundsLike.com
Submitted by Alex via the facebook page

If you look really closely at the cover of The Clash‘s Combat Rock (1982) you will see the boy band One Direction in the background. This explains it all.

One Direction - "Live While We're Young" (2012)

The Clash - "Should I Stay or Should I Go" (1982)

VS Big Time Rush

One Direction - "Heart Attack" (2012)

Big Time Rush - "Song For You" (2013)

VS Avril Lavigne

One Direction - "Last First Kiss" (2012)

Avril Lavigne - "Wish You Were Here" (2011)

VS Chris Medina

One Direction - "They Don't Know About Us (Intro)" (2012)

One Direction - "They Don't Know About Us (Chorus)" (2012)

Chris Medina - "What Are Words" (2011)

After listening to these Taylor Dayne‘s 1987 hit “Tell It to My Heart” also comes to mind:

Taylor Dayne - "Tell It to My Heart" (1987)

VS Grease Soundtrack

submitted by Sam and Ilan

One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful" (2011)

Grease - "Summer Nights" (1978)

VS The Who

One Direction - "Best Song Ever " (2013)

The Who - "Baba O'Riley (aka Teenage Wasteland) " (1971)

VS Queen

submitted by James C.

One Direction - "Rock Me" (2012)

Queen - "We Will Rock You" (1977)

A homage? Perhaps. But take note, this track is produced by our old friend Dr. Luke

VS Red (also stylized R3D)

submitted by “Secret Secret”

One Direction - "More Than This" (2012)

Red - "Never Be the Same" (2008)

VS Taio Cruz

submitted by La La La

One Direction - "Stole My Heart (chorus)" (2011)

Taio Cruz - "Dynamite (chorus)" (2010)

Might as well compare the intros too…

One Direction - "Stole My Heart (into)" (2011)

Taio Cruz - "Dynamite (intro)" (2010)

And don’t forget these from this post.

Chris Brown - "Yeah 3X" (2010)

Calvin Harris - "I'm Not Alone" (2009)

DJ Sammy - "Heaven" (2002)

VS Kelly Clarkson

submitted by La La La

The least you can do is change the name of the song.

One Direction - "Strong" (2013)

Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger" (2012)



One Direction “Night Changes” Sounds Like a Lot of Songs

One Direction vs. Rick Springfield


Some more if you want to keep digging:
“Crazy Cakes” submitted:
One Direction “Save You Tonight” vs. Erasure “Always”

La La La also submitted:
One Direction “I Want” vs. Feist “My Moon, My Man”
One Direction – “Na Na Na” vs. High School Musical 2: ‘All for One’
One Direction – “Gotta Be You” vs. The Verve “BitterSweet Symphony”



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62 thoughts on “10 One Direction Songs that Sound Like Other Songs

  1. avatarKeith Post author

    A lot of people keep saying that. I am also hearing some other songs as well. Will have to post about it when I have a moment.



    Mark Adams Reply:

    I’ve noticed some too, but I’ll understand if you want to wash your hands of One Direction. Don’t drive yourself crazy listening to 1D. I don’t expect you to post all of my additions, but you could put one of mine with links to YouTube videos at the correct times, chart positions for the song that came afterwards and involve artists you are interested in as a higher priority.


  2. avatarLila

    The chorus of their song Where do broken hearts go staring with the lyrics “now I’m searching every lonely place” definitely sounds like another song yet I cannot figure it out. Any ideas?



    Keith Reply:

    Hm. Well the name of this song is the same of a Whitney Houston song from 1987. The chorus of the One Direction song kind of reminds me of “Heaven is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle:



    Mark Adams Reply:

    The title line reminds me of Lonely Nights (1981), This Time (1983) and Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven (1991), all by Bryan Adams. It also reminds me of the chorus of This’ll Be My Year by Train (2012), the verse of which is clearly based on We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel (1989), in fact, YouTube evens recommends We Didn’t Start the Fire from This’ll Be My Year.


  3. avatarJamie

    Their new song “history” reminds me of a song from the late 80s/ early 90s but I can’t place it and it’s driving me insane…



    Keith Reply:

    Totally. Is this it?
    Huey Lewis and The News – If This Is It



    Jamie Reply:

    That’s not the one I was thinking of.

    It’s driving me insane, but I could swear it was sung by two or three middle aged men in the early 90s, part of me thinks it was Bruce Willis or something weird.


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