Harry Styles is making headlines by saying that One Direction is “even bigger” than The Beatles.
But before you start thinking of everything that is wrong about that assessment, Harry is only comparing to two bands in terms of fame.
Everyone has seen old black and white footage of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr’s escapades trying to fool zealous fans, who wanted nothing more than to get close to the Fab Four back in the 60s and beyond.
Similar scenes can be seen where ever One Direction goes. Harry Styles is one of the most popular band members — who also include Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan — with adoring fans who hunt him down and his band mates down the streets of many cities in the world.
In a recent interview with Top Of The Pops magazine, Harry Styles compared the arrival of The Beatles to America — 50-years ago — to that of One Direction:
“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.”
The 20-year-old made it clear that was the only comparison that could be drawn between the two bands, well that and they’re both British:
“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.”
Harry may actually have a point, as in those days of The Beatles there was no internet, no social media, and no 24/7 news. Maybe he is right in some respect, the One Direction phenomenon is clearly a global one.
Last month it was revealed that Harry Styles and the lads were the most popular musicians in iTunes downloads, streaming, and CD sales.
But the Brit sensation also admits that their talent is not even close to that of The Beatles and doesn’t believe One Direction’s songs will stand the test of time as the ones by the lads from Liverpool have.
Fifty-years after landing in America, The Beatles continue to be almost as popular as they were at the height of their career. Maybe their songs are not played on the radio constantly, but their music has spanned generations and to this day not many can listen to a Beatles song and not know the catchy tunes.
As to One Direction and Harry Styles, only time will tell if their music will endure, but as with many artists today, it is doubtful that thirty years from now many will know who the Simon Cowell proteges were.