BTS vs. One Direction? Which group is more successful?

One Direction, more commonly known as 1D, is an English-Irish pop boy band from London. The group comprises Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik.  On the other hand, BTS is a seven-membered K-pop band having members RM, Jin, Suga, V, Jungkook, J-Hope, and Jimin. With BTS' rising popularity everyone thought that they're the next One Direction! Their fans think that the boys have surpassed One Direction in every possible way. Do we smell a rivalry between the Army and the Directioners? Read below to find out which group is the better boy band!  

  • BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, is followed by more than 22 million people on Twitter.
  • Their first-ever English single 'Dynamite' broke the record for the most viewed video in a day on YouTube.
  • The estimated net worth of BTS is $100 million, while One Direction has a collective net worth of $400 million. The 1D boys win at having a higher net worth, but does that make them more successful?
BTS and 1D

1. Music


Both groups have produced amazing music, and we love vibing to it. BTS talks a lot about mental health, psychological issues, and daily-life ups and downs in their songs. These details are common yet very important to be discussed.

The K-pop group always tries to heal their fans through their music. We love this revolution BTS has brought into the music.

One Direction

Apart from this, 1D's songs were mostly of the teen-pop genre revolving around the themes like the teen-love story. However, through their media presence, they have also raised their voices against social and racial issues.

 2. Videos:

BTS at BST' set

Coming to the music videos, we cannot say that anyone does it better than BTS. Each of their video, the concept, and the set is pretty enough to blow our mind away. 1D also released good music videos but BTS' videos are on the next level.

3. Performance:

BTS performing DNA

1D is famous for its amazing performances but the members did not use to dance. They just sing while, BTS pulls off their extremely hard choreography with live singing. They never miss a beat or do less in their singing. 

1D performing

 4. Fan base:


Talking about one of the most important points, the fandom, both bands have a dedicated bunch of people as their fans. One Direction was more famous in North America and some Asian countries.

The fandom was enormous and is even still present after 5 years of Zayn's departure from the group.

BTS Army

While in the case of BTS, the estimated count of their fans is around 150 M. Though some other artists have the same number of fans, the unique thing about Armies is diversity. They belong to countries which a lot of people don't even know about! Marvelous, isn't it? 

In short, both groups are amazingly talented. People get surprised at BTS' success because they are a Korean boy band who sings in their own language. But we love both of the groups and wish them all the best for their future!

Check out this video to find out about their music journey!

Estefanía Martínez

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