One Direction's solo success on the Official Irish Charts

Now all five past members have released solo albums, we look back at their success so far.

As a group, One Direction were an unstoppable force on the Official Irish Charts.

During their tenure from 2010-2015, the boys scored six Number 1s and 23 Top 50 hits on the Official Irish Singles Chart, while all five of their albums topped the Official Irish Albums Chart as well. Last decade, One Direction scored more chart-topping hits than any other group, and had the joint most Number 1 albums.

But how have Harry, Liam, Louis, Niall and Zayn performed on the charts as solo artists? Following the first appearance of Louis Tomlinson's debut solo album Walls last week, we look back at the solo success of each member and rank the lads' singles and albums.

Zayn Malik

Zayn didn't stick around for One Direction's fifth album Made in the A.M., opting to get a head start on his solo career instead. Initially it paid off, with Zayn scoring a Number 1 in Ireland with his debut single Pillowtalk. 

While Pillowtalk is Zayn's most downloaded song, his biggest track overall is his Sia duet Dusk Till Dawn, a Number 4 hit in 2017, which has racked up 8.5 million streams in Ireland. Overall, Zayn has scored six Top 50 hits.

On the Official Irish Albums Chart, Zayn's debut album Mind of Mine peaked at Number 2, while follow-up Icarus Falls - quietly released with no promo - topped out at Number 97. See the full list of Zayn's official singles ranked by chart sales (downloads & streams) below.

  TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN FT SIA 4 2017
2 I DON'T WANNA LIVE FOREVER (FIFTY SHADES ZAYN/TAYLOR SWIFT 4 2016
3 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 1 2016
4 STILL GOT TIME ZAYN FT PARTYNEXTDOOR 30 2017
5 LET ME ZAYN 42 2018
6 LIKE I WOULD ZAYN 32 2016
7 CRUEL SNAKEHIPS FT ZAYN 55 2016
8 A WHOLE NEW WORLD (END TITLE) ZAYN & ZHAVIA WARD 59 2018
9 ENTERTAINER ZAYN N/A 2018
10 NO CANDLE NO LIGHT ZAYN FT NICKI MINAJ N/A 2018
11 WRONG ZAYN FT KEHLANI N/A 2016
12 TOO MUCH ZAYN FT TIMBALAND 89 2018
13 FINGERS ZAYN N/A 2018
14 FLAMES R3HAB & ZAYN FT JUNGLEBOI N/A 2019
15 SOUR DIESEL ZAYN N/A 2018
16 RUMORS SABRINA CLAUDIO FT ZAYN N/A 2019

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Niall Horan

Niall was next to try his hand at a solo career, and it should come as no surprise that the Irishman is the band's most popular member in his home country.

Niall's breakthrough hit Slow Hands, a Number 3 hit in 2017, is the biggest solo 1D single to date, with more downloads and audio streams than any other song released by a member of the band. In total, Niall has claimed seven Top 50 hits.

It's a similar story when it comes to the Official Albums Chart, too. Niall's debut album Flicker is far and away the biggest 1D solo album in Ireland, with more CD sales, downloads and streams than the records released by his bandmates. Niall's Flicker live album with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra also charted, peaking at Number 12. Of all the group's debut albums, Niall's is the fastest-selling, followed by Harry, Zayn, Louis and Liam.

Niall's official singles ranked by chart sales (downloads & streams) below.

  TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 SLOW HANDS NIALL HORAN 3 2017
2 TOO MUCH TO ASK NIALL HORAN 6 2017
3 THIS TOWN NIALL HORAN 6 2016
4 NICE TO MEET YA NIALL HORAN 7 2019
5 ON THE LOOSE NIALL HORAN 47 2018
6 WHAT A TIME JULIA MICHAELS/NIALL HORAN 26 2019
7 SEEING BLIND NIALL HORAN FT MAREN MORRIS 68 2018
8 PUT A LITTLE LOVE ON ME NIALL HORAN 32 2019

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Louis Tomlinson

The third member to put out a solo single, Louis teamed up with DJ Steve Aoki for Just Hold On in December 2016. The track peaked at Number 7, while he also hit Number 11 with his Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals collaboration Back To You.

Louis' debut album Walls peaked at Number 15. The full list of Louis' official singles are ranked by chart sales (downloads & streams) below.

  TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 JUST HOLD ON LOUIS TOMLINSON & STEVE AOKI 7 2016
2 BACK TO YOU TOMLINSON/REXHA/DIGITAL FARM 11 2017
3 MISS YOU LOUIS TOMLINSON N/A 2017
4 TWO OF US LOUIS TOMLINSON 79 2019
5 DON'T LET IT BREAK YOUR HEART LOUIS TOMLINSON N/A 2019
6 KILL MY MIND LOUIS TOMLINSON N/A 2019
7 WE MADE IT LOUIS TOMLINSON N/A 2019
8 WALLS LOUIS TOMLINSON N/A 2020

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Harry Styles

Harry Styles is the only band member so far with two Number 1 albums to his name. Harry's debut is the second-best selling album by a 1D member, while follow-up Fine Line was Ireland's Christmas Number 1 album last year. Despite only being released two months ago, Fine Line is already the biggest 1D solo album on vinyl, followed by his's debut and Niall's Flicker.

Harry kicked off his solo career with Sign Of The Times, which reached Number 6 and is the second most popular solo 1D download. He's picked up seven chart hits (including promo singles) to date, with Lights Up and Adore You being his joint-highest charting - they both peaked at Number 4.

Harry's six official singles ranked by chart sales (downloads & streams) below.

  TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 SIGN OF THE TIMES HARRY STYLES 6 2017
2 LIGHTS UP HARRY STYLES 4 2019
3 ADORE YOU HARRY STYLES 4 2019
4 WATERMELON SUGAR HARRY STYLES 10 2019
5 KIWI HARRY STYLES 72 2017
6 TWO GHOSTS HARRY STYLES 66 2017

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Liam Payne

Liam Payne was the last member to release a single, putting out Strip That Down (co-written by Ed Sheeran) in May 2017. The song peaked at Number 2 and has 7.7 million streams to date.

Overall, Liam has impacted the Irish singles chart six times, with his Jonas Blue and Lennon Stella collab Polaroid racking up more video streams than any other 1D solo song.

Liam's debut album LP1 didn't fare as well as his singles, debuting at Number 69 in December 2019. Check out the chart sales rankings of his 10 official singles below.

  TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 STRIP THAT DOWN LIAM PAYNE FT QUAVO 2 2017
2 FOR YOU (FIFTY SHADES FREED) LIAM PAYNE/RITA ORA 17 2018
3 POLAROID JONAS BLUE/LIAM PAYNE/LENNON STELLA 22 2018
4 FAMILIAR LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN 22 2018
5 BEDROOM FLOOR LIAM PAYNE 30 2017
6 GET LOW ZEDD FT LIAM PAYNE 37 2017
7 STACK IT UP LIAM PAYNE/A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE N/A 2019
8 ALL I WANT (FOR CHRISTMAS) LIAM PAYNE 75 2019
9 FIRST TIME LIAM PAYNE & FRENCH MONTANA N/A 2018
10 LIVE FOREVER LIAM PAYNE FT CHEAT CODES N/A 2019

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Official One Direction Solo Singles Chart

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 SLOW HANDS NIALL HORAN 3 2017
2 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN FT SIA 4 2017
3 STRIP THAT DOWN LIAM PAYNE FT QUAVO 2 2017
4 I DON'T WANNA LIVE FOREVER (FIFTY SHADES ZAYN/TAYLOR SWIFT 4 2016
5 SIGN OF THE TIMES HARRY STYLES 6 2017
6 TOO MUCH TO ASK NIALL HORAN 6 2017
7 JUST HOLD ON LOUIS TOMLINSON & STEVE AOKI 7 2016
8 BACK TO YOU TOMLINSON/REXHA/DIGITAL FARM 11 2017
9 THIS TOWN NIALL HORAN 6 2016
10 NICE TO MEET YA NIALL HORAN 7 2019
11 FOR YOU (FIFTY SHADES FREED) LIAM PAYNE/RITA ORA 17 2018
12 LIGHTS UP HARRY STYLES 4 2019
13 POLAROID JONAS BLUE/LIAM PAYNE/LENNON STELLA 22 2018
14 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 1 2016
15 FAMILIAR LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN 22 2018
16 STILL GOT TIME ZAYN FT PARTYNEXTDOOR 30 2017
17 BEDROOM FLOOR LIAM PAYNE 30 2018
18 ADORE YOU HARRY STYLES 4 2019
19 GET LOW ZEDD FT LIAM PAYNE 37 2017
20 ON THE LOOSE NIALL HORAN 47 2018
21 WHAT A TIME JULIA MICHAELS/NIALL HORAN 26 2018
22 WATERMELON SUGAR HARRY STYLES 10 2019
23 KIWI HARRY STYLES 72 2017
24 TWO GHOSTS HARRY STYLES 66 2017
25 LET ME ZAYN 42 2018
26 SEEING BLIND NIALL HORAN FT MAREN MORRIS 68 2018
27 LIKE I WOULD ZAYN 32 2016
28 MISS YOU LOUIS TOMLINSON N/A 2017
29 CRUEL SNAKEHIPS FT ZAYN N/A 2016
30 A WHOLE NEW WORLD (END TITLE) ZAYN & ZHAVIA WARD 59 2019
31 TWO OF US LOUIS TOMLINSON 79 2019
32 PUT A LITTLE LOVE ON ME NIALL HORAN 32 2019
33 ENTERTAINER ZAYN N/A 2018
34 NO CANDLE NO LIGHT ZAYN FT NICKI MINAJ N/A 2018
35 WRONG ZAYN FT KEHLANI N/A 2016
36 TOO MUCH ZAYN FT TIMBALAND 89 2018
37 STACK IT UP LIAM PAYNE/A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE N/A 2019
38 FINGERS ZAYN N/A 2018
39 ALL I WANT (FOR CHRISTMAS) LIAM PAYNE 75 2019
40 FIRST TIME LIAM PAYNE & FRENCH MONTANA N/A 2018
41 DON'T LET IT BREAK YOUR HEART LOUIS TOMLINSON N/A 2019
42 FLAMES R3HAB & ZAYN FT JUNGLEBOI N/A 2019
43 LIVE FOREVER LIAM PAYNE FT CHEAT CODES N/A 2019
44 SOUR DIESEL ZAYN N/A 2018
45 KILL MY MIND LOUIS TOMLINSON N/A 2019
46 RUMORS SABRINA CLAUDIO FT ZAYN N/A 2020
47 WE MADE IT LOUIS TOMLINSON N/A 2019
48 WALLS LOUIS TOMLINSON N/A 2020

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Official One Direction Solo Albums Chart

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 FLICKER NIALL HORAN 1 2017
2 HARRY STYLES HARRY STYLES 1 2017
3 FINE LINE HARRY STYLES 1 2019
4 MIND OF MINE ZAYN 2 2016
5 FLICKER NIALL HORAN FT RTE CONCERT ORCHESTRA 12 2018
6 ICARUS FALLS ZAYN 97 2018
7 LP1 LIAM PAYNE 69 2019
8 WALLS LOUIS TOMLINSON 15 2020

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