One Direction's 'Drag Me Down' Sounds Like... [Fill In The Blank]

Does 'Drag Me Down' really sound like 'Pony,' or am I just tripping?

We all know that One Direction pulls references from other songs -- from Journey, to The Who, to The Clash. Spinning old classics and giving their modern music a glint of the past has kind of become their thing.

But when One Direction dropped their surprise single "Drag Me Down" on Friday (July 31), we weren't hearing hints of classic rock. Instead, 1D is bringing us something more updated -- less rock 'n roll, more pop.

Nevertheless, bits and pieces of some of our current artists are shining through. If you haven't noticed, there are a lot of comparisons to Maroon 5 going around on Twitter -- the chorus features the signature nasally sound of Adam Levine, and the production swirls together pop rock with beat drops and hand claps just like the catchiest of Maroon 5 tracks.

However, a lot of kids can't put their finger on what "Drag Me Down" sounds like. They're name-dropping everything from Michael Jackson to Ginuwine’s "Pony." So, since everyone loves a reference point, here's what people are saying One Direction's "Drag Me Down" sounds like:

'Drag Me Down' sounds like...

Ginuwine's 'Pony

Gavin Degraw

Justin Bieber

Magic!'s 'Rude'

Nick Jonas' 'Chains'

Yo, for real though.

An eternal orgasm

Something off the Yu-Gi-Oh! soundtrack

Acoustic trap music?????

The gospel

A murder movie

An entirely different band

Jack and Jack

A bit sexual

Reggae EDM

Unseasoned chicken :(


'70s-era Michael Jackson

'90s-era Backstreet Boys


Maroon 5

Opening credits to a white girl movie

Justin Timberlake

Strawberries dipped in melted milk chocolate