Little Things by One Direction
Little Things, a song by the Irish-English boy band One Direction, was written by accomplished singer songwriter Ed Sheerhan and released in November 2012 in time for the holiday music sales season. Earlier, in June 2012, One Direction had stated they wished to work with Sheerhan on their upcoming album. Sheerhan, unearthed a lost track which he had written, alongside the song’s co-writer Fiona Bevan, when he was 17. Sheehan stated he felt the song was the type which spoke of the depth of love and loss a person feels when they are in their late teens ; therefore, he felt the song would be perfect for One Direction’s predominantly teenage audience.
In mid October of 2012, the band began producing the music video for Little Things. Shot in black and white, the video was directed by Vaughan Arnell, a legendary British music video director who has worked with the likes of Robbie Williams and The Spice Girls. The video shoot took a little over 24 hours to complete and within two weeks the video had been released onto social media sites in early November of 2012. The video itself features the band, sitting around a recording studio and going through the process of making the song. The video itself is said to be a more introspective look into the soul of the band members than earlier efforts that often glamorized the pop side of the band’s persona.
Critical reception for the song has been both good and bad. While some critics believe that the song’s message of unconditional love being accompanied with the performance of “little things” by the listeners will ultimately bring about self esteem issues already prevalent in young listeners. However, other critics have cited that certain lyrics regarding a woman’s body image are much more lyrically advanced than anything performed by One Direction previously, and due to this there are certain subtle positive messages which many critics have overlooked.
The band has played the song live on morning shows throughout America, Australia, and the United Kingdom to sold out crowds. The band plans to have a Little Things tour which it will begin with the start of the new year. Ticket sales are expected to be robust due to the song’s status atop the United Kingdom Billboard charts and the song’s top ten status in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.