“End of the Day”
November 13, 2015
John Ryan, Julian Bunetta
End of the Day is the fifth track on Made in the A.M. It was exclusively released on November 9, 2015, in advance of the album's November 13 release.
Lyrically, the song describes relationship troubles and learning to be secure in what one knows about love.
Julian Bunetta revealed the song was actually left off One Direction's previous album Four. "It was written during Four, at the end of [the sessions for] Four. But it was not the same 'End of the Day' as we know it. It was just a little bit of the melody; it was some of the verse lyrics and some of the chorus melody. It was written at the very, very end of Four, but there was no way it was ever going to get there, and it survived through a year of scrutiny. We re-worked the lyric and re-wrote it. That one was our link to the past. Good chorus."
Some fans have speculated the song could allude to same-sex relationships, with lyrics such as "You love who you love, there ain't no other way" and "Priest thinks it's the devil, my mum thinks it's the flu" in reference to those who condemn gay relationships. The band have not elaborated on the meaning behind the lyrics.
"End of the Day" received favorable reviews from critics with Spin.com saying the track begins "with some peppy handclaps, but soon gives way to a sweeping fun.-like declaration of love above all else when everything’s said and done". Rolling Stone described the song as "fiery" and "catchy enough to be considered two songs" noting the "head-spinning tempo shifts and squealing, distorted guitar solo, illustrates the eclecticism of the group's upcoming fifth LP".
The song is also notable for featuring a particularly high note from Louis Tomlinson with E! Online noting Twitter had "gone ballistic" upon hearing his vocal performance.
"End of The Day" was released to iTunes and Spotify on November 9, 2015. Niall, Harry and Louis all tweeted a link and Niall thanked fans for trending #EndOfTheDay worldwide on Twitter all day.