One Direction: 'We're Like The Beatles'

The annoying boy band say the US reaction to their album and their screaming fans make echos of the Beatles' success in the 1960s.

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One Direction have compared themselves to The Beatles following their wild stateside success.

The boy band went to number 1 with their debut album in the US, and say the reaction from screaming fans are comparable to what the Fab Four would see in the 1960s.

"We watched that film of The Beatles when they first touched down in America and we saw a real likeness with our personalities," said mop-haired Harry Styles (via NME).

Bandmate Niall Horan said "They loved having a laugh like us." Or rather, a PR representative decided to say that Niall said it. Who knows.

The feeling isn't mutual. Paul McCartney has dismissed comparisons and said it would be a kiss of death, but described them as a "terrific band".

One Direction have made over £100 million ($160 million) since releasing their second album "Take Me Home" last November.

Would you compare One Direction to the Beatles? Let us know in the comments.

222 comments sorted by best / new / date

    notaconotaco
    Except One Direction are unoriginal, uncreative, don't play their own instruments, don't write their own songs, aren't funny, won't be remembered in 10 years, and won't change culture. Other than that, they're exactly the same.
    SocksAndTrees
    That and their fan base doesn't include anyone other than 12 year old girls.
    limpidgreen345
    False - their fan base ranges in age from 9-14.
    xyz66
    False, I know a 20 year old who loves their music.
    RC52190
    False. She has the mental maturity of a 12-year-old. I know this without knowing her because she likes One Direction in the first place.
    Bluebell9
    ultimate-guitar.com article comments: proudly raising the average chromosome count of the internet since 1998
    Le_Pistolero
    You knowwe have 46, rats have 94 and ferns have 184 chromosomes? I don't really think raising counts is of any use to you.
    Superperfex
    Not to mention that One Direction is a fad. The Beatles took the world by a storm. They were a movement. One Direction will die out once their management finds new guinea pigs to sing their songs. Look at what happened to all the boy bands from the 90s. It'll happen again and again.
    mop10893
    And the 90's boy bands at least had a little talent. These kids in One Direction are gonna be an afterthought by next year.
    nick1227
    Afterthought? Until this article I hadn't thought of them in the first place.
    spiff-corgi
    Maybe they'll come back in their 30s like Take That did and take the world by storm again.
    Nkolstad
    One Direction are like The Beatles?? Soooo that means I probably should know their songs then. Oh wait, I'd rather not pollute my computer and headphones with that boy band garbage. Your a money maker for a label, that's it. Not a group to stand the test of time. Try again.
    spiff-corgi
    If you don't know any of their songs how can you possibly dislike their music?
    Nkolstad
    I guess I should've said cared about their songs. I've heard their style and it's not something I associate myself with and don't believe for a second people will remember them in 5 years.
    Rockeagle540
    also, they use auto tune...the beatles time was long before auto tune even came into existance
    Firebreather01
    Beat me to it! If they can creatively reinvent music and influence the culture of the word, then we may have competition. Until then, the most common thing they have with the Beatles are British accents.
    SOAD_SoG
    Just the truth right here. So just let them enjoy their 15 minutes of glory...on 2 more years no one will remember them.
    spiff-corgi
    That isn't gonna happen. People said the same about Bieber, and probably the same about Rihanna. In this day and age if an artist is huge they stay huge because they've amassed a sheep fanbase who will listen to them regardless of quality. It's depressing but true.
    FiddleJohnny
    I'm happy I live under (a) rock. I had no idea who One Direction are. I had to google them.
    AwesomeOne3
    The Beatles became famous by hard work, years of practice, and were naturally discovered. One Direction on the other hand just won a game show.
    beau05
    I don't know man, a lot of people still remember New kids on the block, Backstreet boys, and N'Sync. "One often finds his destiny, on the road he takes to avoid it" - The turtle guy from Kung fu panda. Its highly improbable that people will remember them, but slightly possible
    Sheep Shagger
    If The Beetles actually sucked, it would be a lot easier to compare them to One Direction.
    wilberwildcat3
    Bandmate Niall Horan said "They loved having a laugh like us." Yeah? thats like me saying "oh I'm a lot like dimebag because i breathe"
    RageFan1900
    Dimebag doesn't breathe. He's dead.
    Mr Winters
    lol good one
    RC52190
    Incredible that he managed to use an analogy involving a dead guy and an activity one has to be alive to do... which is just about anything except being dead -- but especially breathing! Irony at its finest!
    RC52190
    Oh and One Direction sucks. I hope that statement kills their career. More irony! I don't have anything more in depth to say about this article because words can not possibly describe how ridiculous that statement is... Self-proclaimed Beatles! Wow! It just speaks for itself.
    javdoc
    Not a Beatles fan at all, but I certainly respect them. This, however, is laughable.....
    IrishConnor1994
    same here, man. I don't get why they try so hard to compare themselves to The Beatles. Being popular and being from England does not make you the the second coming of the Beatles
    sickassfoo
    i am not a big fan of the beatles either but i dont get why people are so serious about this. these guys ARE like the beatles, they got together and got a bunch of dumbass horny girls crazy. that is all they are saying, they never said they are as influential or as talented(i never thought the beatles were all that talented. please dont kill me just my opinion). they just have the same pandemonium like the beatles.
    godisasniper
    Exactly. I'm hoping One Direction take their fame and do something with it. The early Beatles stuff is pretty much straightforward pop, but they later went in some really interesting directions with their music - as do a lot of pop musicians. I can't say I'm a fan of One Direction, but I look forward to hopefully seeing them branch out and become legitimate artists in the future.
    Kriggs
    They're like the Beatles just like I am Luke Skywalker's father!
    Nigzy
    Haha what a ****ing joke. Actually cringing for them. Listen lads, you are NOTHING, and I repeat, NOTHING like the Beatles.
    AaronianKenrod
    Even if they were good, I don't think any other band will be anything compared to what The Beatles were. They were culturally relevant like a lot of bands, but they were the first to do it really. They were massively successful in both the mainstream media and still manage to musically influence people years down the line. I don't think another band will ever truly achieve that.
    SIEGE312
    I don't understand why this pisses me off so much... Maybe it's the fact that they exist... Yeah, that's gotta be it...
    Scarface88
    How long should he wait? He died years ago.
    wilberwildcat3
    wow! REALLY?
    wilberwildcat3
    lol cameron's gonna be pissed when he gets back on his account and sees all the dislikes on the 2 comments i posted trololol XD
    wilberwildcat3
    might as weell ****k sheeit up sinse i b on his acount an tawlk lik dis yall lik his firs commmemt but no da rest uh deemmcuz i be postin sheeit on dis to get dem dislikes ya no wat i asayin ya digg
    xMetalMessiahx
    Forget the talent or lack thereof of One Direction. Any artist or group that turns around and arrogantly says "We're the next _____" automatically loses respect. We have a band here that is imitating everything from the Beatles except their music. You have a group that is trying to say they are just like the Beatles when the Beatles grew up in the rough parts of Liverpool exploring the music scene, putting themselves out their at gigs in small venues. One Direction was formed on Simon Cowell's X Factor. This boy band is nothing like The Beatles in the slightest and they do a pretty crap imitation of them as well.
    Mr Y
    lol I hate small erection more than most people, and I can understand your hatred - I shared it, but I have to correct you on just one small point - John Lennon was respectably middle-class (not a working class hero like his song), he grew up in a relative well-to-do area of Liverpool. Sorry I am the worlds biggest Beatles fan, and I am from Liverpool too, so felt it needed corrected. The Beatles polished their craft playing 9 hour shifts in a dingy club in hamburg, they challenged the very fabric of music, wrote their own songs, played their own instruments, and were charismatic and had their own distinct personalities...Small Erect have no talent, came from the whole manufactured X Factor manufactured scene, and have no personality other than what their PR agent says....hence this story.
    FenderBender72
    Who the hell is one direction?
    FenderBender72
    Good Lord, this is why I only listen to music on my ipod. Maybe the local rock station now and then, but even they play mostly shit...
    GreenDayNimrod.
    This reminds me of that time when Bieber said he's this generations Kurt Cobain. Bitch say what?!
    SocksAndTrees
    I felt like the Justin Beiber of my generation, so I killed myself -The Ghost Of Kurt Cobian
    IrishConnor1994
    The fact beiber was brave enough to say that proves he doesn't know much about Kurt Cobain or Nirvana
    RandomLetters95
    They're just famous because of little girls. I can see grown men listening to The Beatles, still for decades to come. I don't see these guys lasting. Sure, they're famous but they have nothing on The Beatles.
    jani92jani
    I bet that they don't even themselfs believe that statment, i think that they said it so they could get more media attention.
    titoskins
    You people don't realize that The Beatles were not the "cool" thing to listen too when they first hit America. It was considered poppy bubblegum bull isht by many music listeners over the age of 15. Much like OD. Obviously they're not saying that the musical quality is on par with the beatles in terms of influential rock songs, but they splash that they are making right now is very similar to the one that the beatles had in 63-64. That is all.
    AcdcTXfan
    The Beatles started in Europe and started playing in America because of how popular they were. They would have thousands of fans waiting for them when they landed in America. But with that said, and the fact that many probably would have considered The Beatles a boy band in their time, it honestly is fair to compare One Direction to The Beatles. Simple music. Pretty boy appreance. Thousands of girls screaming their a$$es off for them and swarming them in public. If it was One Direction that formed in 1962 and not The Beatles, there's a good chance they could have been as iconic as The Beatles. Obviously that last sentence wouldn't sit well with most of us, but it's kinda true.
    CaliforniaKid
    Really. So you were around in 1964 and saw this for yourself. You are so full of shit I can smell you from here.
    Alcofuel
    Anyone can come to this realization by taking the time to actually do some research. The difference is that One Direction hasn't picked up instruments and started throwing poppy twists on things that are going on but aren't popular, and thus popularizing the sound and making whatever that sound is more accessible.
    RUSTDOGG666
    One D is not like the Beatles in anyway. Thank you Paul for dismissing this and calling it a kiss of death, although I wouldn't have been as professional or as nice as you were and I'm sure it was hard to hold back the unprofessionalism. Like if I were you Paul I would've said I was a part of the greatest band in the world, I'm a god, no one can replace me, bow down to my glory, and all that. Honestly UG you don't need to post something about this group to a bunch of people that's only interested in stuff like Metallica and Iron Maiden, etc., you will just get booed and negative comments. Unless that is what you were going for.
    zn-1
    If they're like The Beatles, then at least one of them will die in less than ten years.
    DjangoUnstrung
    I sincerely hope that One Direction starts taking psychedelic drugs and writing awesome music.
    Pearl Jammer#1
    I've said this before, there's a difference between wanting to be famous and wanting to make a difference. One Direction... go **** yourselves.
    MrDo0m
    This group is only comparing themselves to the Beatles because the Beatles are the most popular band to have existed, and One Direction have their heads shoved up their asses.
    Bobbyz94
    no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no
    MrDo0m
    One Direction: "We're like the Beatles!" Mr. Doom: "No." *shoots One Direction*
    trogdor136
    Notice how they only said they saw similarities in their personalities, nothing more. I doubt any band would be foolish enough to compare themselves to the Beatles in terms of influence.
    tmiam0720
    I think a big differance is that in 5 years time no one will remember them.
    mafuhungy
    I think UG purposely just puts shit up like this every now and then just to make us all angry
    the_messenger66
    Fame made possible by commercial advertising, not good music. If commercial success is how they measure up to the beatles, then PSY is like the beatles, Beiber is like a beatle, the iPhone is like the beatles, twilight is like the beatles, Jesus is like the beatles, Coke is like the beatles, etc. You get my drift.
    dapastafarian
    Why even post this story on a guitar forum. You know you are just fueling the fire and letting people tee off on One Direction, which is all fine and dandy but they are so irrelevant in the rock world that I don't understand why you are even giving them the time of day as a lead story.
    chris619
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