"What Makes You Beautiful" is the debut single by British-Irish boyband One Direction, from their debut studio album, Up All Night (2011). It was released by Syco Records on 11 September 2011 as the first single by the band, who finished third on the seventh series of television show The X Factor. Written by Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk and Savan Kotecha and produced by Yacoub and Falk, "What Makes You Beautiful" is an uptempo teen pop song.
"What Makes You Beautiful" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, after setting a Sony Music Entertainment pre-order record and selling 153,965 copies in its first week.The single also topped the Irish and Scottish Singles Charts, and reached the top ten on the Australian and New Zealand Singles Charts, Flemish Ultratop 50 and the Canadian Hot 100. In the United States, the single became the highest Billboard Hot 100 debut for a U.K. act since 1998.
The music video for "What Makes You Beautiful" was directed by John Urbano and premiered on 19 August 2011, and shows One Direction spending time on Malibu, California beach. The band has performed the song live on television shows, including Red or Black?, Children in Need 2011, Dancing on Ice and eighth series finale of The X Factor, as well as on their Up All Night Tour.
"What Makes You Beautiful" won the Best British Single award at the 2012 Brit Awards, which was held on 21 February 2012.
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