British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran burst onto the music scene after catching the attention of some incredibly famous people in 2011: six-time Grammy winner Sir Elton John and Grammy and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. Since then, he has toured and collaborated with superstar Taylor Swift, written songs for Britain’s premier boy band One Direction, penned songs for movie soundtracks and released two studio albums + and X. The latter earned two prestigious Grammy nods in 2014 for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Beyond all of his achievements, Sheeran is a superb storyteller who highlights meter and rhyme within lyrics in a hip-hop influenced signature way. His songs offer emotional, introspective snapshots of relationships that often make universally felt statements about love. Here are the Top 10 Ed Sheeran official songs of all time revealed.
Ed Sheeran- The Official Best 10 Songs of all Time Revealed
It may have been in our lives for only a couple of months, but Shape Of You is already nudging its way into the history books and Ed’s all-time Top 3. Since its release in January, Shape of You has been downloaded over 488.500 times and has notched up 77.43 million streams.
This romantic slow-dance, whose video featured Ed as a groom in his first dance with his bride, was also a slow-burner. It finally hit Number 1 after 19 weeks in the Top 40 – securing two non-consecutive weeks at the top – and went on to spend 20 weeks in the Top 10. Thinking Out Loud was also the first ever single to spend an entire year within the Top 40 without leaving it. It’s Ed’s top seller, with 1.19 million copies sold, and his most streamed, notching up 113 million streams. In fact, Thinking Out Loud was the first song to hit 500 million streams on Spotify (although only ones streamed after July 2014 counted toward the chart).
Ed’s first ever the UK hit in 2011, The A-Team peaked at Number 3, and spent four weeks there, but still makes a big impact on Ed’s all-time chart. The heartfelt ballad, that talks about drug addiction, came out before streaming was counted toward the chart, but it was Ed’s first million-seller, racking up 1.1 million sales, which helps it to second place. It’s secured 35.2 million plays since we started counting streams in mid-2014.
The big comeback, which features Pharrell Williams, who lent a hand on production duties, was Ed’s first ever UK Number 1 single upon release in June 2014. Sing spent 33 weeks in the Top 40 – 58.4 million streams and 662,700 sales combine to make this one of his five very biggest.
The single from Ed’s second album x, Photograph peaked at Number 15 upon full release in summer 2015, and is his second most streamed song, racking up 73.5 million listens. Its sales are impressive too, with 363,200 copies sold.
This + track was one of the first introductions to Sheeran’s creatively presented lyrics in beautifully flowing melodies, and even two more albums and six years later, it remains one of the best examples of that talent. Despite the fact that the quietness of the song muted his true vocal ability, the way he sweetly croons this romantic tune is undeniably perfect for the swoon-worthy lyrics he’s singing.
Other than this song and “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” + is the slower and more acoustic album of Sheeran’s three LPs. But even if there were more like this on the record, it’d still be quite the standout thanks to the intense buildup of the track and the passion in Sheeran’s voice. And perhaps the best part about the song is that it’s essentially a 2-for-1, as there’s a second, the more acoustic part that shows a totally different side of Sheeran on the same track.
Although Sheeran’s vocals sound a bit similar to those in “Lego House” on “Kiss Me,” the way he adds a whispery touch to his low, sultry singing makes the tender lyrics come through as even more affectionate than they are on paper. And unlike “Lego House,” we get a little taste of Sheeran’s impassioned strains throughout the song, which nicely balances the otherwise dreamy acoustic tune.
Sheeran’s voice sounds great whether he’s rapping, belting or almost whispering. And as “One” shows, the same goes for his falsetto. Almost the entire song is set in Sheeran’s highest range — even amounting to a lovely extended high note in the bridge — which makes his vulnerable, romantic lyrics feel even more heartfelt. And anyway, who wouldn’t want Ed Sheeran telling them they’re the only one for him?
While there is no denying that Sheeran established himself as a love-song master, what we hadn’t seen a lot of from Mr. Romantic was a truly heartbreaking breakup song — but, of course, he knows how to nail that as well. “Happier,” tells the tale of watching your ex-find love with someone else, unfortunately when you’re still not over them, and it pulls just about every heartstring you have. If you’ve ever been through a breakup that you didn’t initiate, Sheeran knows how to speak to your (potentially still heartbroken) soul.