Is it possible for ANY artist or band to create a hysteria that transcends BEATLEMANIA


HARRY STYLES thinks his band ONE DIRECTION has done just that.  He says, quote, "We all sat and watched the film of The Beatles arriving in America.  And, to be honest, that really was like us.


"Stepping off the plane, the girls, the madness.  It was exactly the same as when we got there . . . just 50 years earlier."


Harry thinks One Direction is actually BIGGER than the Beatles were in their day.  But he doesn't think they're BETTER.  He says, quote, "None of us think we're in the same league as them music-wise.  We'd be total fools if we did.


"Fame-wise, it's probably even bigger, but we don't stand anywhere near them in terms of music."