Song of the Day #4,885: ‘Shivers’ – Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has two songs in the top six this week, with ‘Shivers’ joining ‘Bad Habits.’ This one is on the rise, and might just leap-frog its sister song in coming weeks.

Of the two songs, I definitely prefer ‘Bad Habits.’ This one is fine but doesn’t grab me the way ‘Bad Habits’ does, at least not on my first listen.

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Song of the Day #4,883: ‘Bad Habits’ – Ed Sheeran

Lil Nas X owns the third spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Industry Baby,’ his third single to reach #1.

At #4 is an artist with only two #1 hits so far, but nine in the top ten and 43 in the Hot 100. Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits’ has spent 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2 in August but falling just short of joining ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Perfect’ at #1.

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Song of the Day #3,449: ‘Perfect’ – Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ climbs to #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in its 14th week on the chart. This is Sheeran’s sixth top ten hit, and the highest climber outside of ‘Shape of You,’ his only #1 hit, and ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ which reached #2.

‘Perfect,’ like ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ is a straightforward love ballad destined to play at weddings for years to come. Sheeran says he thinks he topped the former hit with this one, but I’d have to give the edge to ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ which feels like a new standard. I say that having only heard ‘Perfect’ a couple of times, though.

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Song of the Day #3,188: ‘Shape Of You’ – Ed Sheeran

Back by popular demand, here’s the latest segment of ‘what the kids are listening to.’ Two weeks of Billboard’s Hot 100, and another chance to decide if the current state if pop music signals the decline of Western civilization.

Holding strong at #1 is Ed Sheeran’s smash hit ‘Shape Of You.’ This is the song’s eighth week in the top spot, and seventh in a row. It’s also Sheeran’s first ever #1 hit, after landing four other songs in the top ten.

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Song of the Day #2,660: ‘Photograph’ – Ed Sheeran

ed_sheeran_singIf you were expecting a modern take on the 1983 Def Leppard classic, you’ll be disappointed. No, #17 on this week’s charts is an Ed Sheeran original with the same title.

This one’s good, too.

Sheeran wrote the delicate track during his long-distance relationship with his now-ex girlfriend. But the lyrics are applicable to any unwanted separation. In the YouTube comments, several people dedicate the track to friends or family members who have recently died.

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