After a year of silence, Ed Sheeran is back, with two new tracks – Castle on the Hill, and Shape of You. The two very different songs are Ed's first new music since he released his second album x back in 2014, and kick off the campaign for his third offering, ÷.
While we wait to see the impact the two tracks make on the chart, we delve back into the archives for Ed's story so far, with his biggest songs in the UK.
First, the big 5.
1: Thinking Out Loud
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 1.18 million copies sold, and his most streamed, notching up 105 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).
2: The A Team
Ed's first ever 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. Its secured 29.7 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 – 55 million streams and 659,000 sales combine to take this one into Ed's all-time Top 3.
The final 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.
5: Lego House
Another smash off Ed's debut album +, Lego House went Top 5 in late 2011. Ed's quite a big fan of Lego – he's been known to play with it (the Lego that is, let's stay focused here) in the studio while tossing around ideas for songs. Lego House is Ed's third biggest selling single, with a tally of 800,000. Funnily enough, on streams it doesn't make Ed's Top 10. It's 13th, with 18.4 million plays, which are only counted since streams first contributed toward the chart in 2014.
Here's Ed's full Official Top 10 biggest songs:
|1||THINKING OUT LOUD||1||2014|
|2||THE A TEAM||2||2011|
|8||I SEE FIRE||13||2013|
|9||LAY IT ALL ON ME (RUDIMENTAL FEAT. ED SHEERAN)||12||2015|
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