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Hey, One Direction! Make "What A Feeling" Your Next Single
Hey, One Direction! Make "What A Feeling" your next single. Here's why!

1D announced that “Infinity” will follow “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect” as the next single on ‘Made in the A.M.’ That’s not the best pick–here’s why!

Maria Sherman  November 30, 2015

Earlier this month, One Direction released Made in the A.M. Their fifth studio album is their first without Zayn Malik and last before embarking on a lengthy hiatus: It’s the only release not to be followed by a mostly sold-out stadium tour, and the first that has fans questioning the future of the band. It’s also the first where the media began asking the band about the actual music they make as opposed to all the extra-musical stuff–the conversation is a little less about girlfriends and breakups, and more about what’s actually happening on record.

It’s evident that the band’s happy with that fact. Wanting to talk music has inspired the creation of a lengthy video track-by-track series the boys have posted on their Vevo page, with each gent getting a chance to detail the writing process. For once, instead of being viewed as products of their environment, they’re being seen as real musicians.

Made in the A.M. might not be the boys’ best album, but in many ways, it could be considered some of their most dynamic work. It’s hard to think the first two singles on the release, “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect”could exist without the group’s past smashes: There’s no way those songs would have found the popularity they did if “Best Song Ever” and “What Makes You Beautiful” didn’t come before them…but so goes the tale of career musicianship.

It wasn’t really until 2014’s Four where we started to see some of the group’s musical influences really pop out. “Fireproof” and “Girl Almighty” were some of the standouts from the release, both of which leaned heavily on One Direction’s love of Fleetwood Mac. That appreciation for vintage pop-rock made it the first record in their discography that many critics paid attention to. Why? Because for the first time in their career, 1D were playing to the music they loved. There’s an attraction to that authenticity–a word that critics rarely associate with boy bands. They were expressing individual autonomy, and that made the experience different and special.

Their very specific love of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and co. reaches its full potential on “What A Feeling,” a Made in the A.M. fan favorite and arguably the best song on the release. For whatever reason, it’s not the next single on the LP–Liam Payne broke the news that the Coldplay-channeling “Infinity” will be given the honor–and it’s unclear if it ever will be given single status. To fans of the band, “What A Feeling” is so clearly the best moment on the record…almost as clear as “No Control” on Four being that release’s highlight.

“No Control” wasn’t given single status either but it birthed a movement: Kids around the world were calling and requesting the song to get radio play. Louis Tomlinson, the driving voice behind the song, became one of the most beloved members. Perhaps 1D’s team is hoping “What A Feeling” will be given the same treatment. That theory seems especially true when considering it’s Tomlinson who describes the song in the track-by-track clip above:

'What A Feeling,’ I’d probably say, again, is one of my favorite songs on the record just because that is one of the songs that gives you a completely different flavor to maybe what you’re used to [with One Direction.] It’s kind of got a little Fleetwood influence in there and just the whole feel of the song is feel good. It’s one of those songs you could have playing, roof down in your car, feeling like a bit of a chief.“

The same description really could be given to "No Control.” Here’s hoping the decision to make “Infinity” the next single will inspire kids to create their own fan empire around “What A Feeling.” Until then, listen to it above. It really will make you feel like a bit of a chief.

i am so legit worried for bobbi right now

bobbi ‘broke the tiny science princess i didn’t even know out of hydra single-handedly’ morse

bobbi 'i vouched for you’ morse

bobbi 'we need backup’ morse

bobbi 'what about mack’ morse

bobbi loves her people, her family so much

i can’t even imagine how devastated she must be right now

i mean adrianne freakin’ sold it and we could see her pain clearly

but i worry about the long term damage having to accidentally kill one of her friends will do

even if she did it to protect her other friends

she tried so hard to talk him down

she only gave it up when it was no longer her he was hurting

she did it because he’d just knocked jemma into the hole

she did it because fitz wouldn’t, couldn’t shoot

maybe even did it so that fitz wouldn’t have to

made the hard call

the hard call that specialists make to save their people

and even still, she doesn’t expect him to be gone

does not expect his fall or the orders to seal the tunnel and abandon him

and also the fact that she vouched for lance probably means that she also vouched for mack, izzy, and idaho

and she probably did it to keep them safe

and now they’re all dead

i can’t even imagine the weight of guilt and grief she must be bearing right now

Ignore everything I said about chapter 17 - it didn’t feel right so I scrapped it. I will now be rewriting it into something much better. Sometimes you just gotta trust your gut and sacrifice 14k of work to make the story the best it can be.