Directioners already know they’re the best, the biggest, the greatest, the most popular, the most dominating group in the pop music world.

But it was verified earlier this week by Digital Spy — which named our fave five guys in One Direction as the world’s Best Group, in their yearly Reader Awards.

Harry, Niall, Zayn, Louis and Liam beat out their buds in McBusted for the trophy in this year’s readers poll, as they were named by nearly a quarter of the site’s users as the world’s top pop group.

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Coming in third was Coldplay, followed closely by Clean Bandit, and with Foo Fighters rounding out the top 5.

Digital Spy readers also named One Direction collaborator Ed Sheeran as the Best Solo Artist of 2014. Ed also triumphed in the Best Album category, for “X,” and in Best Song for “Thinking Out Loud.”

Here’s the full list of winners, along with the percentage of Digital Spy readers voting for them:

Best Group

1. One Direction – 23.9%
2. McBusted – 16.2%
3. Coldplay – 14.4%
4. Clean Bandit – 11.6%
5. Foo Fighters – 8.9%

Best Song

1. Ed Sheeran: ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – 18.3%
2. Ella Henderson: ‘Ghost’ – 15.2%
3. Sam Smith: ‘Stay With Me’ – 11.2%
4. Taylor Swift: ‘Shake It Off’ – 10.6%
5. Sia: ‘Chandelier’ – 8.7%

Best Album

1. Ed Sheeran: x – 23.2%
2. Sam Smith: In The Lonely Hour – 16.3%
3. Taylor Swift: 1989 – 12.8%
4. Ella Henderson: Chapter One – 8.4%
5. Take That: III – 6.0%

Best Male Solo Artist

1. Ed Sheeran – 31.5%
2. Sam Smith – 25.9%
3. Olly Murs – 14.6%
4. Pharrell Williams – 6.4%
5. Calvin Harris – 5.8%

Best Female Solo Artist

1. Taylor Swift – 28.4%
2. Ella Henderson – 20.3%
3. Katy Perry – 9.0%
4. Lana Del Rey – 7.0%
5. Sia – 6.8%

Speaking to Digital Spy about One Direction, Ed Sheeran also shared his views on 1D becoming an international sensation:

“I think it’s great for them to be at stadium level. I think it’s fantastic the success they’re having and really flying the British and Irish flag everywhere around the world. It was a very good thing!”

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