One Direction surprised everybody with the sudden release of "Drag Me Down" on Friday. The reviews have been mixed. Billboard gave cautious praise to 1D's new single.
"The song hums along with a playful back-and-forth between the guitar and bass, and if the hooks aren't as delectable as they are on the group's past hits, they at least come close."
"Musically, 'Drag Me Down' is the epitome of an arena anthem with hand claps slowly building in the chorus that are sure to power the rest of 1D's On The Road Again Tour. The song also has one of the more fulfilling drops in One Direction's career, with a searing energy and intensity that fans are sure to respond to."