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It’s a war zone! We’re putting Zayn Malik’s music up against Niall Horan’s to pick our favorite 1D solo music. This is Clevver’s Best of 2016.
2016 will forever be remembered as the year we embraced One Direction solo music.
Let’s start with Zayn, the first 1D member to branch out on his own musically. Zayn released R&B electronic jam “Pillowtalk” on January 29th, and quickly shattered his innocent 1D image.
The single debuted at No. 1 on the UK singles chart AND on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the U.S. “Pillowtalk”’s lyrics describe how passionate love can quickly turn into recklessness and one of the most recognizable lines sings, “It’s a paradise and it’s a war zone.”
Nine months later our next One Direction solo single came unexpectedly from Niall Horan.
Niall’s acoustic ballad “This Town” was released on September 29th and came with a lot less hype than Zayn’s solo single. Since it’s release Niall’s emotional track peaked at No. 9 on the UK Singles Chart and at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Niall claims “This Town” took him just two hours to write and seemingly reflects on things he never got to say to a first love. While many think the song is about someone in particular, Niall insists it’s actually about being yourself at home.
Of course, new 1D solo songs also come with solo music videos. Zayn’s psychedelic “Pillowtalk” video costars his supermodel girlfriend Gigi Hadid, and sees the couple seductively pose for the camera. Released on the day the song came out, the “Pillowtalk” video has currently amassed over 650 MILLION views on YouTube.
If Zayn’s video was sexy, Niall’s video for “This Town” is equally raw. Well, it’s not an official music video but we’re talking about Niall’s “Live 1 Mic, 1 Take” performance on YouTube. The stripped down video was released on September 29th has garnered over 22 MILLION views. The black and white video is simple with just Niall strumming on his guitar while pouring his heart out.
Taking into account that Zayn’s song was released much earlier than Niall’s this year, we still think Zayn edged out Niall for the best 1D solo single of the year. But we gotta know if you agree or not? Leave a comment down below this video with your winner, and then make sure you’re subscribed to Clevver News! Next up, check out this video of one hit wonder artists we still love today. I’m your host Tiffany Taylor, thanks for watching Clevver’s Best of 2016!
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