Ed Sheeran's latest quest for world domination is well underway, with Shape Of You firmly installed at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart and now the release of his third album ÷.
While we wait to see how it impacts 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 1.19 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).
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. It's secured 35.2 million plays since we started counting streams in mid-2014.
3: Shape Of You
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.
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 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.
Here's Ed's full Official Top 10 biggest songs:
|1||THINKING OUT LOUD||1||2014|
|2||THE A TEAM||2||2011|
|3||SHAPE OF YOU||1||2017|
|8||CASTLE ON THE HILL||2||2017|
|10||I SEE FIRE||13||2013|
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