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

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    RyanJay says:

    One Direction will never lose its wings. :P

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    JelenaRawr says:

    5SOS are the best♥

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    Precious gem says:

    I love The Vamps specially Connor Ball

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    Meggie Sands says:

    Midnight red, District3 , before you exit, the vamps, emblem3 are the best!!!

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    Rachel says:

    Let me get this straight it everyone !! One direction is amazing!! No one can even compare to them!! They are the beat boy band alive!!!!!!!!!! I love them so much!!!!!!

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    Morgan says:

    5SOS isn’t a boyband and no one can compare to One Direction.

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    Anna says:

    But 5 Seconds Of Summer is not boy band…

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    Masturina says:

    Taking over One Direction? I don’t think so.

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    Matilda says:

    But what about the boyband The Fooo? :)

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    Nikki says:

    5sos isn’t a boy band. you must not tell lies.

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    Mary says:

    I LOVE R5, like seriously and The Vamps, I’m in LOVE with these two bands

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    Anne says:

    How about no. Lets not try to compare these bands to see who will be better than one direction because they’re all doing their thing and it’s just another way to cause drama. Plus I don’t think any of this band will ever be as big as One Direction.

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      Ashtyn Thompson says:

      I totally agree with you, 5 seconds of summer will never be as popular as One Direction, and they are not nearly as cute as my boys One Direction. Notice that I don’t even respect them enough to capitalize their name. HA HA

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      arrianamccarthan says:

      she is right nobody will ever be as good as one direction

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      Indara says:

      ninguém pode dizer nada pq não podem prever o futuro meu bem, tem bandas muito boas aí ..NUNCA SE SABE……aff

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    Sammy says:

    No one could ever replace 1D or be anything like them.

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    Kirstin says:

    half of these guys have been around longer than 1d. and most put themselves together into a band, and werent random kids from the street who simon cowell threw together in his mess of a music industry.

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    @RileyConscience says:

    before you exit
    they’re our men
    if they can’t do it
    who cares because they’re the best

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    dounia says:


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    rorii says:

    jap jap but they will never be the same as one direction………never.1d are one and only.
    the others will be just a bad cop :)

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    Katie says:


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    Daniela says:

    I think it would be really cool if you guys did some sort of monthly playlist with your favorite songs! that would be a really cool new topic

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    Rachel says:

    Add IM5 to this list. :) Check out “Disney Dudez” on YouTube! I also agree that there’s only one One Direction, but I’m definitely glad that boybands are making a comeback!

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    Lupita says:

    AGGHHHHH YES ! Finally they consider after romeo!!! finally they needed this!

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    Helena says:

    I like 5 Secconds Of Summer and R5 but it’s stupid to call them ‘the next One Direction’ cause they are their own bands and there is only 1 One Direction

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