Ed Sheeran is an English singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and actor who began his career in 2004 while he was in his teens, although he did not release his debut album until 2011. The genres of music with which he is associated include pop, hip-hop, and folk-pop. On many of his songs, Ed Sheeran also plays the guitar. Since the beginning of his career, Ed Sheeran has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, which means he is one of the world’s best selling music artists. Sheeran has also won multiple awards for his music. So far, Ed Sheeran has released five studio albums, 17 Eps, 71 music videos, a video album, one box set, 43 solo singles, 17 singles as a featured artist, seven promotional singles. Here are the 10 best Ed Sheeran songs.
10. Galway Girl (2017)
‘Galway Girl’ was written by Ed Sheeran, but it is a collaboration between Sheeran and Beoga, an Irish folk band. Sheeran was influenced by traditional Irish music when he wrote the song. Although it only reached number two on the UK charts, it was a number one hit in Slovenia, Iceland, Ireland, and Slovakia. ‘Galway Girl’ was also a top ten hit in Denmark, Poland, Belgium, Australia, the Netherland, Norway, Sweden, Mexico, Hungary, and Germany.
9. Sing (2014)
‘Sing’ is certified double-Platinum by the RIAA and triple-Platinum by the ARIA. It topped the charts in the UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was Sheeran’s first number one hit in the UK. Pharrell Williams produced the song and provided backing vocals. Williams also co-wrote the song with Sheeran.
8. Bad Habits (2021)
‘Bad Habits’ was co-written by Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, and Fred Gibson. It was Sheeran’s first solo single in four years. It is the lead single from his upcoming fifth album. Originally, Sheeran planned to use a slow acoustic song as a lead single but then decided to release ‘Bad Habits’ instead. He made this decision because he felt the other song was too sad and depressing at a time when people were getting over the lockdown restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
7. Happier (2018)
Ed Sheeran co-wrote ‘Happier’ with Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder, and it was a track from his third studio album. According to Sheeran, the song is about looking back at a former relationship and initially feeling bitter, but then realizing that a former love is better with someone else. The theme of the song makes it one of Ed Sheeran’s most heartbreaking songs. In the accompanying music video, there is a puppet caricature of Ed Sheeran that was also used in the music video for the single ‘Sing.’
6. Shape of You (2017)
‘Shape of You’ topped the charts in the UK, Australia, Canada, the United States, Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, New Zealand, and Ireland. Although Sheeran wrote the song, its similarity to TLC’s single ‘No Scrubs’ meant that he credited Tameka Cottle, Kevin Briggs, and Kandi Burruss as writers. It was the best-selling song of 2017 and was also the best-selling digital song worldwide.
5. Supermarket Flowers (2018)
Sheeran recorded ‘Supermarket Flowers’ in 2016, but he did not release it until 2018. After his performance of the song at the 2018 Brit Awards, it was released as a promotional single. Sheeran revealed in an MTV interview that the song is about his late grandmother. He explained that she was in the hospital while he was making the album and passed away while he was recording in the studio. Sheeran played the song at his grandmother’s funeral.
4. I See Fire (2013)
Ed Sheeran was commissioned to write the song ‘I See Fire’ for the 2013 film ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’. Sheeran released the song as a digital download on the same day as he released the song’s music video. After six weeks, the song topped the charts in New Zealand, which made it Sheeran’s first number one in that country. The song was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Original Song.
3. Photograph (2015)
‘Photograph’ was one of the singles released from Ed Sheeran’s second album. Sheeran wrote this track with Johnny McDaid from Snow Patrol. It is about the experience of a long-distance relationship with his former girlfriend while he was away on tour. The video that accompanied the single was a montage of photographs from Sheeran’s life. It topped the charts in five countries and was certified triple-Platinum in the UK.
2. Thinking Out Loud (2014)
RIAA certified ‘Thinking Out Loud’ as 12xPlatinum, and the track topped the charts in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. It was also a top ten his in the United States, Sweden, Canada, France, Denmark, and Germany. The song was also the first single to ever stay in the top 40 in the UK for a full year. Sheeran co-wrote the song with Amy Wadge, and it won two Grammy Awards.
1. Perfect (2017)
According to Smooth Radio, Ed Sheeran’s best song is ‘Perfect.’ It is one of the most celebrated love songs in the world. Sheeran released two versions of this single; one as a solo artist and another as a duet with Beyoncé. In the UK, it was the number one song of Christmas 2017. It also topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and the charts in Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. A few weeks after releasing the original and the duet with Beyoncé, Sheeran also released another version called ‘Perfect Symphony’ that featured Andrea Bocelli.