One Direction’s Harry Styles: ‘We’re bigger than The Beatles, fame-wise’

But the singer says the boy band aren’t in the same league music-wise

Harry Styles has said One Direction are bigger than The Beatles.

However, the ‘Best Song Ever’ singer says it is only in terms of the boybands current fandom in America and stressed that they are nowhere near the Fab Four in terms of music ability and songs.

He told Top Of The Pops magazine: “We all sat and watched the film of The Beatles arriving in America. And, to be honest, that really was like us. Stepping off the plane, the girls, the madness. It was exactly the same as when we got there – just 50 years earlier.”

He added: “But none of us think we’re in the same league as them music-wise. We’d be total fools if we did. Fame-wise, it’s probably even bigger, but we don’t stand anywhere near them in terms of music.”

One Direction were named the most popular global recording artists of 2013 in the first complete analysis of downloads, streams and physical sales. International music industry body IFPI named the boyband Global Artists of 2013 – a newly-created award which takes into account global sales and streams.

One Direction’s third album ‘Midnight Memories’ went to Number One in the US Billboard chart last year, making them the first group ever to debut at the top spot with their first three albums. It also topped the charts in the UK Official Album Chart.