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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  • dshawn

    The next big group is History in the Making! They have awesome music and put on a great show!

  • mrsa131

    Have you seen Titanium. From New Zealand. Their first single went platinum . They are going to give 1D a run for their money.


    You missed TheSakyiFour, BGT semi finalists. These four brothers are working hard behind the scenes, building their fan base and writing new material. They are on track to be the next big international boyband.

  • Joshua Troy


  • janoskinator246

    i think the janoskians should be in there they arnt a boy band but they are a band with 5 boys in. plz put them in.

  • Jasmin

    1D isn’t a boy band its a singing group and 5sos is a band but as they said themselves they don’t like being called a boy band

  • ReynoldisnotcalledReynoldbecausethisisafakename

    I wish everyone would stop calling 5sos a boyband because if they were I would not like them, my music taste preety much only consists of pop punk, pop rock, rock, alternative and punk, this is insulting to me that anyone could call them the next 1D considering I would never listen to 1ds genre of music, THEY’RE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AND SHOULDN’T EVEN BE IN THE SAME LIST AS FAR A GENRES AND BOYBANDS GO

  • Riley’s Die hard fan

    heeyyy guysss … why you’re arguing about that ??? well..welll…well… 1D is not really that good you know.. Im their fan , and I am also a addicted fan of 5SOS but I AM A DIE HARD FAN OF BEFORE YOU EXIT …. Im sorry but I really admire them specialy RILEY and I dont like 1D that much , anyway … -_- !!

  • Kathleen

    I think that 5SOS can totally be the next 1D.
    I am a fan mostly for 5SOS but 1D is ok to ,if they really
    are that famous than thats cool but forever will be a 5SOS fan

  • Charlotte


  • boyband examiner:)

    So of course I love 5sos the vamps rixton emblem 3 btr etc blah blah blaaah!
    I really really do love them
    Especially 5SOS BUT! They wouldn’t ever be able to win
    Directioners hearts like 1D do! You can love
    All boybands all celebs, but sometyms people are diff to you idiots(sorry for the language but its true) I LOVE 1D! And they would never
    Leave there fans standing on the edge supporting opposites!
    And we’d never disobey what love we have to these amazing 5 guys!
    So keep thoughts to your selves. And I myself hope…..
    MANY OF YOU have seen this :) goodnyt

  • Rachel Persaud

    Hey, I know 5SOS is good but not as good as 1D. Lets face it but I am a fan of 5SOS. I love both of the bands but One Direction is mine forever. i ain’t changing.

  • Ana

    Hey there!! Ahah. Are you kidding. WHAT THE HELL? DO YOU THINK 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER ARE THE NEXT ONE DIRECTION AHAH. Must be kidding. What the helllll! This is a disrespect. My god. Stop saying that. Because 5SOS AREN’T A BOYBAND. So stop please.


    The 70’s girl.

  • centipd carext vixyz

    The vamps
    is wow awesome too;-)

  • Rushioner

    Hey look 5sos is good m not there fan cuz i dont like punk but one thing is for sure,no other band can take place in my heart except 1D nd BTR….everyone have their own likes and dislikes you know