Favorite guitar-playing pop heartthrob: Shawn Mendes or Niall Horan?
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Favorite guitar-playing pop heartthrob: Shawn Mendes or Niall Horan?

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Shawn Mendes and Niall Horan are guitar-playing pop crooners who continue to melt hearts globally. Mendes released three chart-topping albums since 2015, and his latest self-titled LP features yet another top 10 hit "In My Blood." Following the success of LPs from his former One Direction bandmates Zayn Malik and Harry Styles, Horan released his chart-topping debut solo LP "Flicker" last fall. Both add a little funk, soul and folk into their music, but who's your favorite pop guitar-player? đŸŽ€

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Not only does Shawn Mendes croon, but he wields a guitar while singing about young love. He scored three chart-topping albums with "Handwritten," "Illuminate" and "Shawn Mendes" since 2015. And he has a string of hits—"Stitches," "Mercy," "Treat You Better," "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back," and "In My Blood." With those vocals, those songs and his guitar—Mendes is a great performer. Watch a live performance of "Lost in Japan" below, and you'll see what we mean. 

Zayn Malik and Harry Styles are regarded as the superstars formerly from One Direction, but they aren't alone. In fact, all five former members of 1D are successful solo artists—including Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson. Technically, 1D is only on hiatus, but Niall Horan's solo career is only getting started! 

While Styles plays the guitar too, Horan definitely stands out as a guitar-wielding folk pop crooner. He's definitely been holding his own since he dropped his debut solo single "This Town" in the fall of 2016. Like Malik's "Mind of Mine" and the self-titled "Harry Styles," "Flicker" topped the Billboard 200.  

Watch a performance of Horan's "Seeing Blind" featuring Maren Morris below, and you'll get that he has it.

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