With 10 UK Number 1 singles and 45 Top 40 hits on the Official Chart, Ed Sheeran sure knows how to make a hit record, and he's not opposed to giving some away either.
As songs written by Ed with BTS (Permission To Dance) and Maisie Peters (Psycho) are released, we delve into his writing discography to unearth the Official Top 10 biggest songs he has penned for other artists. You can find the full Top 10 table at the bottom of the article, but first, a look at some highlights.
Jessie Ware - Say You Love Me
Chart sales: 507,000
While 2020 saw Jessie Ware claim her best albums chart position so far, Ed Sheeran helped her earn her biggest singles chart hit six years prior, and even helped out on backing vocals. Jessie teamed up with Ed and Benny Blanco (more on him later) for Say You Love Me, which after some heavy rotation on radio resulted in Jessie's second Top 40 and highest-peaking single to date on the Official Chart. Say You Love Me is certified Gold and the most popular song of Jessie's career, racking up 41.4 million streams.
One Direction - Little Things
Chart sales: 1.05 million
Ed Sheeran's first Top 10 single writing for another act was a biggie - Little Things was only the second Ed-penned track not recorded by him, and was taken all the way to the Official Chart top spot by One Direction. The much-publicised penning did a lot for Ed's career (and 1D's) and resulted in 542,000 downloads and 59.3 million streams to date.
Benny Blanco ft. Halsey & Khalid - Eastside
Chart sales: 1.85 million
Producer for the likes of Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Rihanna, Benny Blanco launched his artist career in 2018 and he couldn't have gotten off to a better start. Reuniting with Ed on writing duties while drafting in Halsey & Khalid on vocals, Benny's debut single Eastside went to Number 1 on the UK's Official Singles Chart and boasts the most streams for an Ed Sheeran co-write that Ed himself didn't sing. In total the British public have streamed Eastside a gargantuan 247.2 million times.
Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
Chart sales: 2.77 million
Far and away the most downloaded song that Ed Sheeran gave away to another artist, Justin Bieber's Love Yourself is the Number 1 ranked song on our rundown with 2.77 million combined chart sales split between 217.4 million streams and 735,000 downloads.
Ed helped Justin make history with Love Yourself in January 2016, which when it topped the charts led an all Justin Top 3, the first time an artist had held Numbers 1, 2 and 3 simultaneously. Inspired by his own handy work for someone else, Ed would go onto break that record in March 2017, claiming every spot in the Top 6!
The Official Top 10 biggest songs Ed Sheeran wrote for other artists
|1||LOVE YOURSELF||JUSTIN BIEBER||1||2015|
|2||EASTSIDE||BENNY BLANCO FT. HALSEY & KHALID||1||2018|
|4||COLD WATER||MAJOR LAZER, JUSTIN BIEBER & MØ||1||2016|
|5||YOUR SONG||RITA ORA||7||2017|
|6||STRIP THAT DOWN||LIAM PAYNE FT. QUAVO||3||2017|
|8||LITTLE THINGS||ONE DIRECTION||1||2012|
|9||WOMAN LIKE ME||LITTLE MIX FT. NICKI MINAJ||2||2018|
|10||SAY YOU LOVE ME||JESSIE WARE||22||2014|
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