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Ranking The 17 Songs Mentioned In One Direction’s “Better Than Words”

In which 1D uses song titles to properly convey their feelings.

17. Baby by Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris


Release date: January 18, 2010
Fun fact: Former The Voice social media correspondent and R&B singer Christina Milian has co-writing credits on this track.
Why it’s No. 17: Remember that golden age before Justin Bieber egged his neighbor’s house, abandoned his pet monkey in Germany, got arrested, and unapologetically (but not mistakenly) stated he was “detrimental” to his own career? Yeah, I don’t either.
As for the song? Hmmm… This calls to mind that old adage: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

16. Dancing on the Ceiling by Lionel Richie


Release date: June 19, 1986
Fun fact: Idk. Here’s Chandler Bing and Phoebe Buffay singing Endless Love.
Why it’s No. 16: It’s no All Night Long.

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15. Best I Ever Had by Drake


Release date: February 13, 2009
Fun fact: There’s a completely unrelated Gavin Degraw song of the same name.
Why it’s No. 15: Drake started from this boner as Wheelchair Jimmy on Degrassi: The Next Generation and it was a bit difficult to take him too seriously at the time of this release. Luckily the stiff competition didn’t dissuade Drake from pursuing his music career.

14. One More Night by Maroon 5


Release date: June 19, 2012
Fun fact: The music video was directed by Peter Berg of Friday Night Lights (best show EVER) and Lone Survivor fame.
Why it’s No. 14: The sheer visceral reaction of joy and slight hysteria at the sight of Adam Levine spoon-feeding a small child was not enough to garner a higher spot on this list. You’re still cute though, Adam.

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13. You Make Me Wanna by Usher


Release date: August 5, 1997
Fun fact: Usher made an appearance in an episode of Moesha that included a brief performance of this song.
Why it’s No. 13: Although this is one of Usher’s many hits, You Make Me Wanna doesn’t seem to have that same kind of nostalgia factor to it like other old singles Nice and Slow and U Remind Me.

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12. All Shook Up by Elvis Presley


Release date: March 22, 1957
Fun fact: This isn’t the first time One Direction has paid homage to the King of Rock and Roll. The boys show off some Elvis jailhouse rock vibes and Harry’s four nipples in their Kiss You music video.
Why it’s No. 12: Sometimes less is more.

11. Irreplaceable by Beyoncé


Release date: October 26, 2006
Fun fact: I’m currently imagining a version of this song sung by a male — perhaps by R&B singer Ne-Yo since he did originally co-write this song for himself. Oh wait, it’s right here. Dreams do come true.
Why it’s No. 11: For better or worse, To the left, To the left means something to you.

10. More Than a Feeling by Boston


Release date: August 25, 1976
Fun fact: Glee’s Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz recently covered this song during the New Directions’ Nationals competition set.
Why it’s No. 10: Try not to sing along. It’s not possible.

9. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley


Release date: March 23, 2006
Fun fact: In 2007, Gnarls Barkley took home a Grammy award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for Crazy.
Why it’s No. 9: I just listened to it again. IT’S TOO CATCHY MAKE IT STOP CEELO.

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8. Everytime We Touch by Cascada


Release date: August 16, 2005
Fun fact: I might be late to the party, but Cascada is actually a German-British recording trio comprised of a singer, DJ, and producer. The blonde seen above is said singer and her name is Natalie Horler.
Why it’s No. 8: This. Song. Makes. Me. Want. To. DANCE.

7. How Deep Is Your Love by Bee Gees


Release date: September 1977
Fun fact: This Saturday Night Fever song was nominated for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes in 1978.
Why it’s No. 9: Just look at that hair.

6. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys


Release date: July 11, 1966
Fun fact: If you’ve ever watched Love Actually, then you know that this song is featured in the last few minutes of the movie during that airport scene. (If you haven’t watched Love Actually, 1.) what is wrong with you and 2.) what are you waiting for?)
Why it’s No. 6: I feel like smiling whenever I hear this song. It’s so uplifting. But I’ve never been to a Beach Boys concert, so I guess you could say I’ve never known true love.

5. Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean


Release date: February 28, 2006
Fun fact: I tried to look for a fun fact to write here but I was too mesmerized by the above gif of Shakira’s hips.
Why it’s No. 5: Even though you might not have known what was going on during the Spanish parts of the song, you memorized and loved it anyway. Shakira, Shakira.

4. Someone Like You by Adele


Release date: January 24, 2011
Fun fact: There’s nothing fun about this song. It makes me want to eat chocolate and binge-watch something sappy on Netflix.
Why it’s No. 4: Currently eating my feelings. BRB.

3. Crazy in Love by Beyoncé feat. Jay Z


Release date: May 18, 2003
Fun fact: Another Hugh Grant movie makes it onto the list as Crazy in Love appears on the Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason soundtrack, because why not?
Why it’s No. 3: Before Drunk in Love, there was Crazy in Love, Beyoncé’s debut solo single that played on every radio station ever created (like, ever) and eventually earned two Grammys.

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2. Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey


Release date: March 9, 1996
Fun fact: American Idol winner David Cook gave a Mimi-approved performance (she called it “pretty and haunting”) of this pop classic during the seventh season of the popular singing competition.
Why it’s No. 2: Everyone and their moms know this song. If you say you don’t, you’re lying. When that first set of do do do’s hit you, you feel like doing some very bad and very loud karaoke.

1. (You Drive Me) Crazy by Britney Spears


Release date: August 23, 1999
Fun fact: The 1999 teen romcom starring Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and a pre-Entourage Vincent Chase changed its title from Next to You to Drive Me Crazy in order to match a song on the film’s soundtrack by one Ms. Britney Spears.
Why it’s No. 1: Because it’s Britney, bitch.

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