A UK Boy Band Battle Royale: One Direction VS The Wanted

For this week’s Who’d You Rather feature, I thought I’d take a little break from usual hottie vs hottie and instead, have a true battle royale between two of the UK’s hottest boy bands right now. I’m talking about One Direction and The Wanted. Unfamiliar with either of these groups? Let me take this opportunity to fill you in.

One Direction consists of the following members: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. The boys auditioned for the UK’s The X Factor separately but open suggestion from Nicole Scherzinger they were put together as a group for the show. The blend was perfect and the boys came in third place during the seventh season. Immediately signing with Syco Records, a sub-division of Sony, the boys went to work on their debut album. Not only are they exploding in the UK but they are taking over the American teenage female market as well.

The Wanted consists of the following members: Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. The Wanted were formed in 2009 after a big casting call held by Jayne Collins – the same woman who brought together UK sensations The Saturdays and Parade. The boys released their debut album in 2010 with the debut single All Time Low. Immediately, the boys skyrocketed into fame in Europe. The boys released their sophomore album, Battleground in the fall of last year which has already spawned four hit singles and videos.

You’ve heard about the boys but you can’t just judge them on description alone. I’ve provided a few photos and some of their music videos below for you to see and hear just these boys have to offer. Then, you can make your judgement on which one you’d rather… like to buy on iTunes.

One Direction

“What Makes You Beautiful”

This track was One Direction’s debut single after finishing in third place on UK’s The X Factor. After a good run in the UK, the boys debuted the track in the US on February 14 and garnered a whole new set of screaming female fans.

“Gotta Be You”

Gotta Be You was released as One Direction’s second single. The song was a nice way of showcasing the groups musical versatility. The group performed the track live for the first time on the UK’s The X Factor finale helping it peak at #3 in the UK.

“One Thing”

The boys from One Direction have been killing it in the UK with their official third single, One Thing. Released first all over Europe and last in the UK in February, the song has gone Gold in two countries and continues to impress new listeners.

“More Than This” Acoustic Performance

I think that the boys will release this song as their second official US single. The boys have been playing this track at every radio and live gig possible as they get their name out there state-side. This video showcases how well these boys can sing.

The Wanted

“Glad You Came”

Glad You Came served as The Wanted’s second single off of their sophomore album Battleground but became their debut US single just a few short months ago even having the track covered my the kids on Glee and performed it on Ellen.


One of my favorite tracks on the album, Lightning shows off the boys impecable vocal talent and the production team behind it that they were capable of pumping out hits. The same team brought us Glad You Came as well. I absolutely LOVE this video too.


Taking a chance to slow it down for their fourth single from the album, The Wanted chose Warzone, an edgy power ballad about the turmoils of the one you love cheating on you. The video below shows off the drama behind the lyrics.

“Lose My Mind” Acoustic Performance

This track appeared on the bands’ debut album and served as its third single. The acoustic version of the song is way shows off how well these boys can sing out of the studio and I love the spin they take on the track unplugged.

Which UK boy band would you rather... listen to?

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  • Benners

    One Direction hands down!!

  • One Direction still seems a little too statutory for my taste, so I went with The Wanted. Still prefer McFly to both of them though. <3

  • sean

    Harry is in One Direction so obviously One Direction!
    Harry I love you! lol

  • JT


  • Bella

    Both I cant pick just one Ive been danceing to them both for all of 2011 be4 they came to the U.S so you cant make me pick! lol but Siva is my fave from The Wanted and Harry is my fave from 1D, I love both of them so much! p.s Thanks for posting on them I hope there more where this came from.lol

  • Simply because they made “what makes you beautiful”, I pick anything over “One Direction”.

  • SO funny that you guys have started posting about these UK bands! I first moved to the UK from the US in July 2011 and was so intrigued that boy bands still exist here in the UK lol…it was also nice to see they have cute band members, statutory or not. 😉

    Also LOVE McFly! Two MAJOR hotties in that group!

  • Brian

    It’s funny how they’re both always called British/English bands when each group has a member from Ireland – and both of them have extremely thick Irish accents! It’s always fun to hear the other guys speak and then listen to the Irish one.

  • Slade

    The Wanted!!!! Hands down!! Have you seen those guys DAMN!!! especially SIVA!!!!! I know the other group is of age but i feel like I would be a petofile if I said I liked them!

  • alina

    i choose both ..i can’t choose one i love both band …………….

  • Shante

    I pick One Direction , but i like The Wanted too its a hard decision (Me and Zayn have the same birthday) I Love Him <3

  • Neither band, as a whole. My individual picks are: Zayn Malik (from One Direction) + Max George, Jay McGuiness (from The Wanted).

  • If I were forced to pick just one, though, it’d be Zayn. Such a cute face.

  • Caro

    I love the WANTED there so hot but more TOM PARQER

  • Stacy

    I go with One Direction. I like both but I’m not a fan of some of the Wanted’s vocals or the message they send with their bad boy rep. One Direction has fantastic vocals and, even though they are considered wholesome, they will mature into artists with longevity. If I had to pick favorite voices it’s Nathan from TW and… everyone from 1D.
    Oh and for future, it would be smart to write without bias. You’re opinion was very obvious from the beginning. Just a thought 🙂

  • Iz

    THE WANTED! They’ve got way more personality that 1D and they are all gorgeous especially Nath, Jay and Tom!!!

  • I pick both of them.They are excellent
    *The Wanted…..mmm…Tom!! <3
    *One Direction….. Louis Tomlinson – My Favourite
    Zayn Malik – OMFG!!!!!!