In 2010, Zayn Malik auditioned for the “X Factor,” a popular British music-based competition. It didn’t take long for his talent to be recognized, and soon he was performing with the popular group One Direction.
The Bradford, United Kingdom youth eventually left the group in order to pursue a solo career. Since then, he has been a fixture around the globe, performing various Pop and R&B hits. To say that he has already enjoyed a stellar career would be something of an understatement. Here are 10 of his best songs, all of them for your listening pleasure.
10. Live While We’re Young (2012)
This is a song that’s all about making the most out of youth. It talks about sneaking out of your parent’s house and going to parties, enjoying everything that you have in front of you while you can. The song makes a solid point. This is a special time of each person’s life that only lasts a few short years. Once it’s gone, things have a way of changing quite a lot. It makes the case for actually enjoying things as opposed to refusing to do any of that stuff and then wishing that you had later.
9. Stockholm Syndrome (2014)
This is a love song, of sorts. The thing is, it’s definitely not one that talks about the happy side of things. Instead, it refers to seeing someone you love with another person. After that, you end up feeling like you’re literally being held hostage by your own feelings. Later on, the lyrics discuss becoming a mere shadow of yourself because of everything that’s happened.
8. 18 (2014)
The title here is pretty self-explanatory. This is a song about being 18 and all the crazy, roller-coaster emotions that go along with it. This is an age when you’re legally becoming an adult, yet you may not feel like you’re ready to become an adult at all. On the other hand, you’re probably searching for some serious freedom. In many cases, you want more freedom than you’re actually allowed to have. All of these feelings tend to clash until you’re both excited and exasperated.
7. Kiss You (2012)
When you start to fall in love with someone, you probably want to kiss them. In fact, it may be the only thing you can think about. That is precisely what this song is about. It details the desire to kiss another person because you’re falling in love and you can scarcely even function.
6. Right Now (2013)
In a way, this is a song about making the most of the day (or night, as the song goes). It talks about going to a party and having the time of your life, not because the party itself is so worthy of such a thing, but because it is happening and you are there. In other words, make the most of whatever you have the chance to do. Make it all count. If you’re somewhere fun, that’s great but if you’re not, then you can make your own fun. The key is to make each day the best it can possibly be.
5. One Way or Another (2013)
This is actually a cover of a song that has been recorded by numerous artists over the course of several years. It’s a funny, cheeky song that talks about winning someone over, no matter what obstacles might stand in the way. It’s also got a tempo that’s blazingly fast. You can definitely have a lot of fun with this one on karaoke night.
4. Story of My Life (2013)
If you decide to listen to this song, get ready to cry! The lyrics have our storyteller looking at the four walls of a bedroom, one that he used to share with the person he loved. He’s talking about how she told him that she doesn’t love him anymore, nor does she still want to be with him. Unfortunately, he loved her a great deal.
He was so shocked by her actions that he just sits there, staring at the walls of the empty house, wondering what to do next. Part of him is hoping that she will come back but even if she doesn’t, he’s so heartbroken that he feels completely powerless to leave. In fact, he feels like he can’t do anything anymore, as if his very soul has been ripped out of him.
3. What Makes You Beautiful (2011)
This is a cute little song that talks about being in love with someone, even though she can’t understand why. She is so insecure that she doesn’t see her own beauty, outside nor inside. He is telling her all the reasons why he loves her. He thinks she is beautiful, to be sure. However, there is much more to it all. He loves her for who she is, not just how she looks.
2. Dusk Till Dawn (2018)
This one is a play on words. No, it isn’t about vampires. Instead, it’s about being with someone all night long. The lyrics talk about how life changes when you start spending time with someone and you end up staying out all night. Even if you aren’t necessarily a fan of those changes, they are inevitable.
That means that you have to be willing to allow those changes if you want to spend your nights with this individual. Just in case you’re wondering, the song also talks about how everyone knows what you’re doing. Therefore, you have to be ready to defend your actions when you’re criticized by others.
1. Night Changes (2014)
Finally, you have a song about growing up. The lyrics discuss how the girl in a relationship is growing up too quickly, especially when it comes to the way she dresses and the fact that she tends to stay out until all hours of the night. It might be a fictional story, but it tells the story experienced by countless numbers of people as they grow up and start dating.
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