Song of the Day #2,427: ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – Ed Sheeran

ed_sheeranAt #2 on the latest Billboard Hot 100 is Ed Sheeran with ‘Thinking Out Loud.’ It’s an appropriate selection for St. Patrick’s Day given Sheeran’s leprechaun-like appearance.

Like yesterday’s SOTD, ‘Uptown Funk,’ this is a track my younger daughter latched on to earlier this year and played to death. But while I like the song well enough, it hasn’t grown on me the way ‘Funk’ has.

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Song of the Day #2,402: ‘Stevie Wonder Tribute’ – Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran & Gary Clark, Jr.

beyonce_stevieWhat better way to close out the week than with a 9-minute performance by Beyoncé from this week’s Stevie Wonder tribute show?

Queen B, joined by Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark, Jr., tore through ‘Fingertips,’ ‘Master Blaster’ (Jammin’)’ and ‘Higher Ground’ in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

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Song of the Day #2,282: ‘Don’t’ – Ed Sheeran

ed_sheeranBillboard positions 14 through 16 are repeats: in order, ‘Rude‘ by MAGIC!, Sia’s ‘Chandelier‘ and Charli XCX’s ‘Boom Clap.’

At #17 is Ed Sheeran with ‘Don’t.’ Sheeran last reached the top 20 with the supremely catchy ‘Sing,’ which peaked at the 13th position. Will this song be able to top that one and perhaps advance into the top ten?

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Song of the Day #2,157: ‘Sing’ – Ed Sheeran

ed_sheeran_singIn Billboard’s 13th spot is ‘Sing,’ a track by the hobbit-like Ed Sheeran.

This song is a significant departure for Sheeran, who was previously best-known for the sensitive acoustic ballad ‘The A-Team.’ ‘Sing’ sounds more like Maroon 5, with Sheeran himself handling the rap break.

The song, like half of past year’s hits, was co-written by Pharell Williams.

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Song of the Day #1,686: ‘The A Team’ – Ed Sheeran

ed_sheeranEd Sheeran was somewhat on my radar prior to the Grammys, thanks to my niece, who played this song for me on her laptop a few months ago.

But it was nice to be reminded of it during Sheeran’s lovely acoustic performance of the track alongside Elton John last week.

Sheeran looks like a fat Weasley brother but he has an appealing, whispery voice that suits this material perfectly.

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