The One Direction Albums, Ranked

The One Direction Albums, Ranked

Quick shoutout to Simon Cowell for putting this band together. Hope you're reading my article, Simon.

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It is no secret to anybody that I absolutely adore One Direction. I won't apologize for this, I won't even reason with you. I try to be an open-minded girl but I simply have no ears for One Direction hate. Recently, I got back into their music for good, and have been spending hours on hours appreciating the lyrics, and more importantly, Zayn's amazing vocals (still triggered). While discussing this with a friend of mine, she posed me with a question that quite literally, no one has ever asked: "what's your favorite album?".

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My world shook. I short-circuited. Never in my life have I had to think about this answer -- favorite songs, sure. But each album is dynamic and different, Up All Night sounding like it was crafted by a couple hundred pre-teens, while Made in the A.M. flows like a fine, sparkling grape juice (I mean it's still a pop album).

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I decided to not only answer this question but devote all of my time to finding the answer. Homework? Working out? Class? Commitments? None of these compare to finding a mathematical and logical method so that I could properly find my favorite One Direction album.

In order to fairly choose a favorite album, I listed out each one and every song produced in it. Then, I'd select the songs that I respect/love/jam to. From there, I'd divide my favorite songs by the total amount on the album, compare the percentages, and BOOM. Favorite album.

So what was my result?

Up All Night, 33%

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Zoinks. Yikesaroni. Bad News Bears. In college, we call this an F. With only 5 songs being chosen (y'allready KNOW I included Gotta Be You), I just can't hang. I respect this album for being the first step One Direction took as a band. They got their roots here, but can anyone actually tell me they listen to Up All Night? Really? Actually? I did not think so. They're lucky they made it after this album.

Take Me Home, 52%

this literally is me at this album

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To be frank, I predicted that this would have a 90% success rate. This is the ultimate Bop Album, and I adore a good bop. Kiss You, Rock Me, and Little Things actually saved the tornado that was Up All Night. So imagine my despair when I only chose 9 songs out of 17 (that is a shocking amount tbh). The issue here was that while Take Me Home hosts some of One Direction's most notable songs, it also carries the most throwaways. For example, Loved You First and Change My Mind are lovely and fun, but who seeks these out? Take Me Home, I love you, but you've been eliminated.

Four, 68%

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This makes sense. I am not surprised with Four coming in 3rd out of 5th place. This was where One Direction was "maturing" as a band and actually picked up a sound that one could tell was theirs. When I think of this album, I get overwhelmed because Stockholm Syndrome, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, and 18 all have a home on this album. It also was our last moment with Zayn, RIP. While I chose 11 out of 16 songs, notably more than Take Me Home's statistic, songs like Illusion really turned me off to Four. I strongly believe that an album has to have a banger as every song, and when you throw songs in the mix like that one which are so clearly not great, you get a Yike from me.

Made in the AM, 70%

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One Direction's funeral, if you will. Choosing only 12 out of 17 songs was surprising to me; who can forget If I Could Fly, Drag Me Down, What a Feeling AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TEMPORARY FIX WHICH IS WHERE I LOST IT AND MELTED FOR HARRY. Anway. While you can't forget those, you can forget End of the Day and Long Way Down, which just needed more love. My main issue with these albums is just the throwaway songs, man. Long Way Down had potential but instead I feel like I'm getting slowly rocked in a squeaky rocking chair. Not in a good way at all. Made in the AM was a lovely goodbye; don't get me wrong, I do love all of One Direction's albums. This one had some beautiful messages and it felt like they were sending us off to the real world. But there has to be a winner.

Midnight Memories, 72%

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It kinda makes sense, now that I think of it. I find it funny that Midnight Memories hosts my favorite songs, because it was kinda when One Direction was slowing down a little bit -- slowing down still means they have millions of fans, mind you -- and a lot of my friends lost interest. But here is what sets it apart: Best Song Ever, and Harry's haircut. Ha but really, Best Song Ever was conveniently the best song ever and full disclosure, I request it every single time I'm out somewhere. It was this perfect unique sound for a boyband, with bops like Little White Lies and Happily. If you disagree with me, okay, but give it a listen. Midnight Memories is just a certified Bop but Kinda Meaningful album, and I'm here for it.

Well, now that I had to officially rank these albums, it's time to wear my Harry Styles hoodie and cry into a tub of pasta while I apologize for ever insulting any part of One Direction. Sigh.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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