What Makes You Beautiful is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction. It served as their debut single and lead single from their debut studio album, Up All Night. Written by Savan Kotecha and producer Rami Yacoub, the song was released by Syco Records on 11 August 2011. During 2017-2018, Harry Styles performed the track solo during his live tour.
Background[edit | edit source]
After being formed and finishing third in the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010, they first formed as solo singers but soon got placed as a band on 23 July 2010 One Direction were signed to Syco Music, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. "What Makes You Beautiful" was written by Savan Kotecha and Carl Falk, and was produced by Yacoub and Falk. Instrumentation was completed by Falk and Yacoub. Serban Ghenea handled the audio mixing, Tom Coyne the audio mastering, and John Hanes the mix engineering, for which Phil Seaford served as the assistant.
Reception[edit | edit source]
The song received generally positive reviews from music critics. Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave "What Makes You Beautiful" four out of five stars, praising its catchy melody and summarising it as "adorable, completely innocent and bound to cause a stir amongst your mates". Zachary Houle of PopMatters called the song a "nice get-up-and-go dance number." Ailbhe Malone of NME commended the song's appeal to the teenage audience and its chord progression for being "simple enough to be played on an acoustic guitar at a house party." Newsround called it "fun, upbeat and incredibly catchy." AllMusic's Matthew Chisling called it an "effervescent and fresh tween love song", and chose it as one of the best tracks on Up All Night. Sophie Goddard from Cosmopolitan called the single "ridiculously catchy". Student's Jack Murray rated "What Makes You Beautiful" five out of five stars and called it "not only the best pop single of the year so far, but potentially of any X Factor contestant ever". Murray lauded the songwriting and light production. Tanner Stransky of Entertainment Weekly awarded "What Makes You Beautiful" a B+ grade, calling the song "shallow but crushworthy" and writing that the song shows that boy bands are not dying out. 
Music Video[edit | edit source]
Countdown[edit | edit source]
Lyrics[edit | edit source]
Tracklist[edit | edit source]
Digital download and CD single
- "What Makes You Beautiful" – 3:24
- "Na Na Na" – 3:10
Videos[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- wikipedia.org - Background & Reception