How Many of Harry Styles’ Biggest Hits Can You Name?
Of the four members of One Direction, Harry Styles probably has the biggest career so far. His handful of hits have all been memorable. What’s shocking is that none of his hit singles reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Here are his five most successful songs.
For any pop or rock star to gain a major following, they have to prove they have range. Styles shows off his artistic range with the ballad “Falling.” The emotional song could have been released by Christina Aguilera at her artistic and commercial peak. Its heartfelt lyrics also recall Sia at her vulnerable best.
Styles’ vocals aren’t as revered as those of his peers like Sam Smith and Bruno Mars. However, he shows off some impressive vocal chops with this song, proving he can belt with the best of them. It’s hard to listen to the song without feeling a little bit of Styles’ agony.
4. ‘Watermelon Sugar’
What on earth is watermelon sugar? Judging by the song, it must taste delicious. It probably also tastes like several different things at the same time, as the song “Watermelon Sugar” combines aspects of rock, pop, funk, and gospel music.
As a solo artist, Styles takes lots of inspiration from the rock and pop music of the 1970s. This is especially apparent on “Watermelon Sugar,” which has the sort of oblique lyrics that were popular in the heyday of Queen and Don McLean but aren’t as popular today. Styles singing about a “watermelon sugar high” doesn’t make logical sense, but it sounds great.
3. ‘Adore You’
Not to be confused with Miley Cyrus’ ballad of the same name, “Adore You” has almost been overshadowed by its music video. This is understandable, as the video for the song is Styles’ version of a Tim Burton movie. The memorable video shouldn’t obscure that “Adore You” has a groove which would make Prince proud, as well as a catchy bridge which recalls Toto’s “Africa.”
In the song, Styles says “let me adore you.” Many Styles fans would take that offer regardless of the situation. When that offer is married to such an indelible beat, it becomes even more irresistible.
2. ‘Lights Up’
“Lights Up” is a bit of a bait-and-switch. The song’s title makes it sound like a summery pop anthem. The song is actually a bit moody and downbeat.
A song this melancholy is a bit of an odd choice for a lead single from a pop album. Most pop singers prefer their lead singles to be a bit more joyous. Styles, however, prides himself on not being your average pop star.
1. ‘Sign of the Times’
“Sign of the Times” was Styles’ very first single as a solo artist. The song made it clear Styles isn’t interested in recreating the music of One Direction. In addition, its socially conscious lyrics made critics take Styles seriously as a songwriter, which is no small feat given his background in teen pop. Although the track garnered universal acclaim, it only reached number-four on the Billboard Hot 100.