Wow, that’s quite an old post. Not sure how it resurfaced. But, well..
The Beatles were definitely the One Direction of their day. I’m not saying FOUR is going to be Sgt Pepper’s or anything, but The Beatles in 1964 were basically 1D in 2011. I Want To Hold Your Hand was What Makes You Beautiful.
Time will tell if One Direction can cut it as an act with real longevity and cross-market potential, but don’t confuse the modern reputation of The Beatles with who they actually were when they started out. None of your musical idols started out as legends. They started out as “just another band” until they got popular enough or stuck around long enough to be remembered.
There will inevitably be artists from our generation who are remembered as great musicians and timeless acts. There will absolutely be someone sat in 2064 complaining about how all the latest pop is derivative and boring and fake, boasting that they only listen to “real music” (vintage classics like Sam Smith or Coldplay or whoever).
No one knows what will be classic rock until it’s already classic rock. One Direction may get there, or they might fade out in a few years. But in terms of who they were a couple years ago as compared to who The Beatles were fifty years ago, the parallel is pretty much undeniable.