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How Old Is One Direction In Boy Band Years?

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One Direction are gearing up to take a break this March, something the band finally confirmed on Twitter in the past 24 hours.

The foursome is planning on releasing their fifth album this year, the first without former member Zayn Malik, before finishing their current tour and taking a year-long break in 2016.

Since skyrocketing to fame on the UK’s X Factor in 2010, One Direction have released four albums, two feature films, opened on two tours, headlined four tours, and won A LOT of awards. We started counting and gave up at 21.

The five four musicians are tired and looking for a break, likely in the hopes that no one will burn out before turning 25. With only five years under their belt, One Direction have already achieved huge success. It’s the stuff boy band dreams are made of. But the real test comes from longevity.

Boy bands come and go every year, with only a few sticking around for the long haul. One Direction have been together for five human years, but how long is that in boy band years? We’re taking the number of active years, minus line up changes, plus albums released and the number of Grammy or BRIT Award nominations. #MATH

Backstreet Boys
Years Active: 22
Line Up Changes: 1 (Kevin Richardson, but he later rejoined the band)
Albums Released: 8 (One additional album released with NKOTB)
Grammy Nominations: 7
BOY BAND YEARS: 36

Backstreet Boys

N’Sync
Years Active: 7
Line Up Changes: 0
Albums Released: 3
Grammy Nominations: 8
BOY BAND YEARS: 18

N'Sync

O Town
Years Active: 5
Line Up Changes: 2 (Ikaika Kahoano was an original member of the group. Ashley Parker Angel did not join the band after they regrouped in 2013.)
Albums Released: 3
Grammy Nominations: 0
BOY BAND YEARS: 6

O Town

New Kids On The Block
Years Active: 17
Line Up Changes: 2 (Mark Wahlberg and Jamie Kelly left the group in 1985.)
Albums Released: 6 (One additional album released with BSB)
Grammy Nominations: 1
BOY BAND YEARS: 22

NKOTB

98 Degrees
Years Active: 11
Line Up Changes: 0
Albums Released: 4
Grammy Nominations: 0
BOY BAND YEARS: 15

98 Degrees

New Edition
Years Active: 22
Line Up Changes: 2 (Bobby Brown left the group in 1986 and was replaced by Johnny Gill. Brown later rejoined.)
Albums Released: 7
Grammy Nominations: 1
BOY BAND YEARS: 28

New Edition

Take That
Years Active: 16
Line Up Changes: 2 (Robbie Williams left the band twice, Jason Orange left in 2014.)
Albums Released: 7
Grammy Nominations: 0 (15 BRIT Award Nominations)
BOY BAND YEARS: 23

Take That

The Wanted
Years Active: 5
Line Up Changes: 0
Albums Released: 3
Grammy Nominations: 0 (2 BRIT Award Nominations)
BOY BAND YEARS: 8

The Wanted

Boyz II Men
Years Active: 30
Line Up Changes: 2 (Michael McCary and Marc Nelson both left the band.)
Albums Released: 12
Grammy Nominations: 15
BOY BAND YEARS: 55

Boyz II Men

B2K
Years Active: 6
Line Up Changes: 0
Albums Released: 4
Grammy Nominations: 0
BOY BAND YEARS: 10

B2K

Going by this equation, One Direction have only been around for 8 Boy Band Years, with the average of this sample group coming in at 22.1 years. So what does this mean, besides the fact that Grade 11 Stats is not a waste of time? Fans are still looking at 14 Boy Band Years from One Direction. See ya after the hiatus, boys!