Harry Styles has been talking with Top of the Pops magazine (via NME) about comparisons between One Direction and the Beatles. As the singer notes, the hysteria that the group were met with when they landed in America was comparable to that received by the Fab Four:
"We all sat and watched the film of the Beatles arriving in America. And, to be honest, that really was like us. Stepping off the plane, the girls, the madness. It was exactly the same as when we got there - just 50 years earlier."
As Styles notes, however, while they might be bigger than the Beatles in terms of fame, One Direction has a lot of catching up to do in terms of their music:
"But none of us think we're in the same league as them music-wise. We'd be total fools if we did. Fame-wise, it's probably even bigger, but we don't stand anywhere near them in terms of music."
Back in 2012, Paul McCartney stated that he wouldn’t refer to One Direction as the next Beatles because he felt it put too much pressure on the group:
"There are so many bands who all get called 'the next Beatles'. Suddenly it puts an awful lot of pressure on them to be the next Beatles. Oasis were 'the next Beatles' once if you remember. It's a pressure, because suddenly you've got to live up to all the things that we did, and it was a different time. So let's just call them 'the next terrific band'."