July 23rd, 2018 marks the 8th anniversary of One Direction becoming a band. Eight years ago, the group was formed on the X Factor, then shot to meteoric success and acclaim.
Both fans and the 1D guys themselves took to social media to commemorate the milestone. Louis Tomlinson took a moment to give thanks to fans and rightfully claim his crown as One Direction's most prolific songwriter. He co-wrote nearly half of the band's entire discography, often alongside bandmate Liam Payne.
Fans trended the hashtag #8YearsOfOneDirection worldwide, and the official One Direction Twitter account joined in on the fun to tweet lyrics every hour throughout the day. Members of One Direction's team also expressed their thanks on Twitter and Instagram.
Other music industry players - like Billboard and Vevo - posted about their memories of 1D throughout the day.
A whole lotta history... this Monday is an important anniversary for the guys, it’s been #8YearsofOneDirection— One Direction (@onedirection) July 20, 2018
To celebrate, it's time to relive all the hits this weekend by streaming the official playlist and tweeting which tracks you are listening to https://t.co/H09htTye18 pic.twitter.com/Pus8wudY7T
Here's to 8 more years of One Direction!