10 Bands Who Could Be the Next One Direction

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It’s pretty clear that One Direction is here to stay, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some competition! Ever since 1D exploded onto the music scene a few years ago thanks to their stint on the U.K. version of The X Factor, boy bands have been popping up all over the place.

So, to see who they’re up against, we thought we’d round up 10 bands who have the potential to reach 1D levels of fame. Check them out below! Did we miss one of your faves? Shout them out in the comments section!

5 Seconds of Summer

You might have heard of 5 Seconds of Summer thanks to their opening gig during One Direction's "Take Me Home" tour, but this Australian boy band just might eventually one-up their tour mates. The guys -- Luke Hemmings (vocals, guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar, vocals), Calum Hood (bass guitar, vocals) and Ashton Irwin (drums, vocals) -- should consider one of their biggest hits "Heartbreak Girl," as it has over 5 MILLION views on YouTube.

After Romeo

After Romeo is another band that could possibly steal 1D's thunder, as their recent song "Free Fall" is doing quite well. Also, they have a dedicated Twitter following, that loves interacting with the guys: Drew Ryan Scott, Jayk Purdy, T.C. Carter, Blake English and Devin Fox.


AJR is new to the music scene, but they already have Demi Lovato on their side! In September 2013, they opened up for her as she performed at a fair in Pomona, Calif. and have been gaining fans ever since. The video for their song "I'm Ready" got over 100K views in just 24 hours. Also, expect to see them on the road with Fifth Harmony! These brothers -- Adam Met, Jack Met, and Ryan Met -- sure are making a splash.

Before You Exit

Yet another set of brothers on the music scene! This time around, we're talking about Before You Exit -- aka Connor, Riley, and Toby McDonough. They're first single "I Like That" has nearly 1 million views on YouTube, and they even got Disney star Stefanie Scott to appear in the vid. In addition to that, they even opened up for Olly Murs and Cody Simpson!

District 3

No, they're not named after The Hunger Games! District 3 made their first appearance on the music scene in 2012 when they competed on the UK version of The X Factor. Since then, they've released a self-titled EP and have quite the Twitter audience with almost 500K followers!


Emblem3 is another example of how losing The X Factor isn't the worst thing ever. The guys -- Wesley Stromberg, Keaton Stromberg, and their friend Drew Chadwick -- competed on the US version of the show in 2012, and came in fourth place. Since then, they've toured with Selena Gomez, and released their debut album titled, Nothing to Lose.

Midnight Red

Midnight Red aka Colton Rudloff, Anthony Ladao, Thomas Augusto, Joey Diggs Jr., and Eric Secharia already have some major boy band street cred! Back in 2011, they opened up for New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys on their tour and have been gaining popularity ever since. Also, their music video for their single "Take Me Home" has over 2.6 millions views -- not too shabby!


OK, so R5 isn't technically a "boy band" since there is a girl in the mix, but that doesn't take away from how popular they are! Featuring three brothers -- Ross, Riker, and Rocky Lynch, as well as their sister Rydell -- and their pal Ellington Lee Ratliff, they dropped their album Louder in fall 2013. The video for their single "Pass Me By" has over 1 million views already!

The Vamps

The Vamps are yet another British import who might give One Direction a run for their money. Still relatively new to the music scene, The Vamps -- Bradley William Simpson, James Daniel McVey, Connor Samuel John Ball, and Tristan Oliver Vance Evans -- released their first music video for the tune "Can We Dance" has garnered over 4 million views!

Union J

It looks like The X Factor is sort of responsible for the resurgence in boy bands, as Union J is yet another group that competed on the series. They finished fourth on the UK version of the show in 2012. One of their first singles "Carry You" was released in April 2013, and has over 5 million views on YouTube. The guys -- George Shelley, Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett and Jaymi Hensley -- are quite popular (as you can imagine). In fact, it was rumored that George was dating none other than Selena Gomez. Dating rumors? That's when you know you've made it!

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77 Responses to "10 Bands Who Could Be the Next One Direction"

  1. Teen.com
    Preveshni Naicker says:

    I also agree

  2. Teen.com
    Hazel says:

    5SOS becuase thry are all cuter than 1d and they are AMAZING singers

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      Leigh says:

      No. Just no. I’m a directioner and part of the 5sos fam an let me tell you- THEY ARE NOT A COMPETITION. THEY ARE FRIENDS. 5 seconds of summer is NOT a boy band. They play their own instruments, no auto tune, write all of their songs, they are a rock band. I’m sorry if I’m coming of kinda mean, but it just annoys me when people think they are competition. I mean; HELLOOOO THEY WENT ON TOUR WITH EACH OTHER. It’s so aggravating omg

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    chelseax says:

    One direction only has Harry, he’s the only one who can sing. I wish he can. Join 5seconds of summer because they work hard. Their music is 10 times better than one direction. Don’t get me wrong, I love one direction but let’s face it. Every song on 5seconds of summer’s album rocks. So they win<3

    • Teen.com
      echo says:

      Did you just said one direction is nothing without harry???
      5seconds of summer’s doing good. But that doesn’t mean they’re better than one direction.

    • Teen.com
      Scarlet says:

      OH NO YOU DIDN’T!!!!!! if harry droped off a cliff it would not have a big effect on the band singing wise well mainly Niall but so what!

  4. Teen.com
    Directioner says:

    Of course there r many good bands out their but one direction is the best. And accept it or not 5sos got most of their fame from one direction. I love one direction and I always will I don’t care what people say about them.

    • Teen.com
      5sos fam member says:

      5sos had fans before they went on tour with one direction. Sure the 1D lads helped them gain some popularity, but 5sos still worked their asses off before tmh tour. The 1D guys and the 5sos guys love each other so i dont understand why the directioners and 5sos fam can’t love each other as much as they love each other

    • Teen.com
      Leigh says:

      No. Just no. I’m a directioner and part of the 5sos fam an let me tell you- THEY ARE NOT A COMPETITION. THEY ARE FRIENDS. 5 seconds of summer is NOT a boy band. They play their own instruments, no auto tune, write all of their songs, they are a rock band. I’m sorry if I’m coming of kinda mean, but it just annoys me when people think they are competition. I mean; HELLOOOO THEY WENT ON TOUR WITH EACH OTHER. It’s so aggravating omg

  5. Teen.com
    Summer Coleman says:

    I love 5sos, and I hate when people say the got their fame from 1D. I believe they would have been found one way or another, because they are a great band. I know they were recognized from playing with 1D, but they’re completely different. :) And please, don’t take this comment the wrong way.

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    hannah love harry says:

    one direction,theyre good,but not that good they don’t have strong voices they just got lucky, and to prove that they would not have made it in the x-factor,if simon didn’t put theme together,so it is what it is,lets just face the fact that they just got lucky,but in the other hand there are some great boybands in this business,just dont get me wrong,i love harry so much but i gotta be real right?

  7. Teen.com
    hotboysnotboyz says:


  8. Teen.com
    zenn thirteen says:

    Even when they smoke weed or something that they can’t do, they still have passion at singing, and bands or boy bands are the same.

  9. Teen.com
    madsoon says:

    what is your band name

  10. Teen.com
    Kimi says:

    5SOS because they are all so sweet, down to earth, and over nice guys.

  11. Teen.com
    kay says:

    R5 all the way

  12. Teen.com
    shayla says:

    I loved 1D’s Zane a lot but now there is R5 and R5′s Riker is completly SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Teen.com
    rhea says:

    I don’t think one direction’s fame is dying any time soon. These bands are pretty good, but I seriously don’t think they can be as famous as (or even nearly as famous as) one direction. One Direction are spread everywhere ! You should even see asia. Like Japan, India , pakistan ! And even minor countries. Maybe after 10 years or so, but they are not fading away now !

  14. Teen.com
    LoyalDirectionerJane says:

    No matter who or what other boy band comes. I’ll FOREVER LOVE ONE DIRECTION.

  15. Teen.com
    Denise says:

    Before You Exit, 5 seconds of summer, r5 and the vamps are my favorite bands woooh!

  16. Teen.com
    lily says:

    I love 5sos and the vamps, one direction used to be my favorite band but they/ zayn and Louis are changing hopefully not into a new Justin beiber, like there is nothing wrong with changing but starting drugs can hurt your reputation, but anyways 5sos is extremely talented and are super cute, that goes for the vamps too I <3 their song wild heart……….p.s. the lead singer of 5sos is soooo sexy.

  17. Teen.com
    katelynn says:

    No other boy band can be more famuse then 1D

    • Teen.com
      Tazia says:

      Not really true… There have been tons of BoyBands before them who have been better known and liked. 30 years from they will be sorta like Take Back or N’Sync.

  18. Teen.com
    xandria says:


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    Kaylee McDonough says:

    Before You Exit in my mind is my favourite band EVER

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    Courtney says:

    I love 5 seconds of summer they r my idols I used to like one direction but they’ve turnt into tramps and zayn n Louis smoke weed-on the news. Midnight memories video in kebab shop is disgusting. 5sos except micheal(who I love) doesn’t smoke and they r verry gud at singing 1d can bearly play an instrument

    • Teen.com
      Claire says:

      Please, when you’re posting a comment, try to read through it and make legible.
      I understand that some people type fast and in doing do they make a multitude of errors. I also understand that people use abbreviation such as ‘r’ instead of ‘are’.
      I also understand that spelling is harder for some people. I’ve always struggled with spelling at school. But misspelling words such as ‘good’ and ‘very’, even if it’s on purpose, make you come across as unintelligent.
      When you wrote the word ‘turnt’ I believe you were trying to say ‘turned’ (I apologize if I’ve made a mistake).
      Of course, you are not the only person that has made abundant spelling errors, you are simply the one I called out. I hope this reply has been beneficial.

  21. Teen.com
    btr says:

    they should #1

  22. Teen.com
    1d_magcon,Austin -e says:

    1d is definitely the best band ever but there’s other bands too that are pretty good but defenitly 1d is he best in my opinion ,for it’s a fact

  23. Teen.com
    Sara Zhen says:

    I’m personally a big One Direction fan, but of course there’s a lot of other great bands and artists out there. You can’t say that everyone else other than One Direction are bad, that’s just wrong.

    Also, 5 seconds of summer is not a boy band, they’re a band. A punk/pop band who plays instruments and sing. One Direction are considered a boyband because they mainly sing, sometimes Niall play the guitars, but yeah… mainly sing.

    • Teen.com

      Lol, yea a band….full of boys…so…Boy Band.

    • Teen.com
      ColJR says:

      Boy bands don’t write their own songs or play their own instruments. 5SOS are a band, they do all of the above and more. Niall was photographed pretending to play guitar in concert so I wouldn’t call him a guitarist…

      • Teen.com
        A FAN says:

        HAH! beech pleez. In a concert he LITERALLY PLAYED THE FRICKEN GUITAR. like damn, get ur facts straight.

  24. Teen.com
    Kassi mcgill says:

    How is 5sos not a boy band? Their a band? And they are only boys? So wouldn’t that consider them a boy band? You guys just sound stupid when you say that!

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