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12/21/2014 12:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

One Direction Slows It Down For Their Third 'SNL' Appearance

When One Direction first took the 'SNL' stage last night, the only high-energy aspect was the shrill shrieks from fans in the audience. The British boy band opted to open with a softer ballad, "Night Changes," off their latest album, "Four." Judging from the crowd, the five guys did not disappoint. Oh, and Harry Styles wore a hat again, so that was a big deal.

For their second song, the pop stars switched gears for a more upbeat track, "Ready To Run." This marked the first time One Direction performed the song live, and the night marked the band's third year in a row performing on "Saturday Night Live."

And the 1D takeover didn't end there: the group stopped by the "Girlfriends Talk Show" skit and rendered Aidy Bryant's character speechless before starting an impromptu dance party:

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