One Direction Albums Ranked!

One Direction had multiple albums that we couldn’t get enough of! Let’s examine which ones were the most popular. 

It’s 2023, and Directioners everywhere are crossing their fingers in hopes of a 1D reunion soon. While the boys of the group are now doing their own thing, no one can ever forget the worldwide frenzy that the band caused with their catchy songs and good looks. 

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and rank each 1D album based on how many copies they sold in the first week after their release.  

Take Me Home (2012)

The boy band’s sophomore album, which was released less than a year after Up All Night, sold 540,000 units. It contained 13 tracks and received a Metascore of 68, making it the highest-scored One Direction album.

FOUR (2014)

The album surpassed 300,000 copies in its first week. The album, released a year after Midnight Memories, contained folksy melodies such as “Act My Age” and love ballads such as “Fool’s Gold” and “18″

Midnight Memories (2013)

Midnight Memories became the fastest-selling album of 2013 after selling more than 200,000 copies in just one week of its release. However, it received a Metascore of 59 on Metacritic, making it the lowest-ranked album by the group. It had 18 songs and had more of a Rock sound to it than previous albums; despite having the lowest Metascore, their Where We Are tour made a total of $290 million.

Up All Night (2012)

The boy band’s Up All Night album debuted at no. 1, selling 176,000 copies in its first week. The album consisted of 15 tracks, including their debut hit What Makes You Beautiful, and received a Metascore of 64.

Made In The A.M. (2015)

The boyband’s final album before their hiatus received a Metascore of 65. The album was released shortly after Zayn Malik’s departure. It obtained 93,000 sales and became the no. 1 album in the United Kingdom.

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Brenda Sanchez Barrera is currently a senior at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and is graduating with her Bachelor's degree in journalism in spring 2023. She has a passion for music and hopes to pursue a career in music journalism. On campus, she is the Editor-In-Chief of the student-run newspaper, "The Bulletin." When she's not writing or editing articles, she can be found at a concert or keeping up with the latest Harry Styles updates.