Ellie Goulding is an English songwriter, singer, and record producer who conquered the United Kingdom music scene when just at the age of 23. When she was eight years old, she told her mother that she would become famous one day. Goulding started playing musical instruments and writing songs when she was young. She won a singing competition while she was still in college and won the “Brit Award” after the release of her debut EP “Introduction to Ellie Goulding.”
Within a short while, she made an impact with her unique soprano voice. She has produced several music albums including Halcyon, Lights, and Delirium which has received amazingly positive reviews from music critics. Below are the top 10 songs from her album and music career, in general.
# 10 – Your Song
Some artists’ remakes succeed by separating the different components from the original version and reassembling them into something unique and in an unexpected fashion. Falling into this category is Ellie Goulding. “Your Song” was originally composed by Elton John in 1970 and released in the U.S. in October 1970. The track was preferred by disc jockeys and it replaced “Take Me to the Pilot” and eventually peaked at number eight on the US Billboard chart.
Ellie Goulding’s cover of “Your Song” peaked at number two on the UK singles chart and she was subsequently invited to perform the hit at a wedding reception of the United Kingdom’s Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The original version of the song by Elton John is regarded as the top pop classic of all time. On top of that, the track is one of the greatest love songs of all time. The song has been inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame.”
# 9 – Guns and Horses
This song by Ellie Goulding is featured in her debut studio album Lights released digitally on 16th May 2010. The song has an uptempo beat and stunning skittering sound effects. It was produced by Starsmith- a British musician.
The song talks about a romance that began online and Ellie wants the guy to feel more than he did for her, and not his fault that he couldn’t make it work. Generally, this is a song about frustrations. This song was a great hit in that it was used in the sixth episode, season two of the “Drop Dead Diva” American television series.
The music video shows Ellie Goulding walking around a forest where she finds male and female soldiers and horses as well. When the song gets to the chorus, all the soldiers become her backing dancers. The song peaked at number 26 on the UK singles and 25 on Scotland charts.
# 8 – Dead In the Water
“Dead In the Water” is one of the four Ellie songs to feature on the soundtrack of the movie Divergent in 2014. The track is featured from her second studio album Halcyon and it is the only standard song from her collection created by Starsmith.
The album was a great commercial success. It was her first album to peak in the top 10 in the United States. Additionally, it earned a gold certification in the US and topped the charts in the UK. The entire album including this track is all about her personal journey from the dark into the light. She had no intention of writing a breakup album, instead, it became one.
# 7 – Something In The Way You Move
Goulding is pure talent when it comes to creativity, vocals, and influence. On your first listen to this track, the opening piano chords, as well as the bassline, reminds you of the legendary “Shine” by Years and Years.
The hit documents the demise of a once wonderful relationship that is still dangerously desirable. The opening lyrics emphasize the heartfelt haunted message that is behind the song. Nevertheless, Ellie Goulding’s breathy and melodious vocals compliment the backdrop of the clean piano chords blending perfectly.
The chorus is fantastic, filled with ambient harmonies and yet percussive and punchy. The hit portrays the vulnerability and the more aggressive voice of Ellie. The track is featured in her third studio album Delirium. It peaked at number 51 on the UK singles chart and peaked at number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
# 6 -The Writer
In the number six spot on our Ellie Goulding songs list is this amazing hit and massive and sweeping rush of a love song. According to Ellie Goulding, it is one of the most personal and also emotional songs that she has ever composed. Starsmith ‘s production allows the vocals to shine through as Ellie urges a potential lover or rather boyfriend to help her become the perfect gal for him. The song is featured from her debut album Lights released as the fourth and final.
The music video was filmed at Happisburgh Lighthouse, Norfolk in June 2010 directed by Chris Cottam. The video shows Ellie Goulding walking around a field while exploring Happisburgh Lighthouse. The song earned her new fans and kept her at the peak with incredible commercial success. The track peaked at position 60 on the European Hot 100 singles, position 19 on the UK singles, and number 17 in Scotland.
# 5 – Anything Could Happen
Our top five hits are fascinating, but we cannot write off the other songs from this dangerously talented artist. “Anything Could Happen” is the first single from Goulding’s second album Halcyon. The track was released on 17th August 2012. Technically, this track is about a breakup and the message that it’s gonna all be right focused on the breakup itself.
Ellie Goulding hoped that the hit would promote positivity, hoping that her fans would go out and propose to their girlfriends and those holidays that never happened. The track received positive reviews from music critics. It also had an ideal commercial success peaking at position five on the UK singles chart. It also featured in the top five in other European countries including Poland. In the top twenty list, it featured in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the Czech Republic. On top of that, it peaked at position 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100, topping the Hot Dance Club Songs.
The music video was produced and directed by Floria Sigismondi. It was filmed on location in Malibu California. Goulding wanted to do a huge epic video with Ocean scenes, but it is a surrealistic music video centering on a couple in a car crash. However, a second video was released after a month titled “Ben and Ellie Edit.”
# 4 – Lights
“Lights” is the song that led to Ellie Goulding’s US pop breakthrough. The track is featured in her debut album- Lights. It won her the Critic’s Choice Award in 2010 becoming the artist to watch in that year.
This song was inspired by Goulding’s childhood fear of the darkness. It effectively compares dark lyrics with a better upbeat sound to the vocals and the music. The song had an amazing commercial success peaking position two on the US pop singles chart after an elevation of more than 30-week chart climb. The hit sold over 5 million copies in the US achieving five =-times-platinum certification for sales.
The music video was directed by Sophie Moller. She is prominent for her work with female music artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Annie Lennox, and Gwen Stefani. The music video shows Goulding dancing, playing the tambourine, and playing the drums. She is also shown wielding several varieties of lighting devices.
# 3 – On My Mind
Ellie Goulding had not impacted the US radio with an official single album since 2013. But upon the release of “On My Mind” she was the talk of the city. The hit is a standout for several reasons. Ellie is applauded for her unique releases and this hit does not shy away from a straightforward electro-pop sound that encompasses her fans before the hook even rolls around.
With outstanding offerings in terms of vocals, the single excels for its honesty with mysterious songwriting where Goulding sings about being distracted by unforeseen feelings towards an unplanned one-night stand. She aims the dig towards a presumed former lover. Goulding had said earlier that she intended to make a big pop album and true to her words the track “On My Mind” supported her statement.
The stunning hit has ideal modern, trendy aspects that are mixed with a fresh pop perspective including infectious production. Her fans thought they knew her, but she came up with something to bring confusion for better or for worse. The song was the lead single from her third studio album Delirium released on 17th September 2015. The song had a massive commercial success peaking at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the US Billboard Top 40.
# 2 – Love Me Like You Do
We all know this English singer for her soft and tranquil vocal performances. This pop song was chosen as the first single from her soundtrack to hit the movie Fifty Shades of Grey. This hit is a mid-tempo electro pop power ballad and its instrumentation consists of crushing drums and massive synths.
The track talks about an uncontrollable feeling of falling in love as well as being seduced by someone whose touch makes her beg for more, even when it is hurting. The song was praised by music critics for its soft vocals and the track being impressive. It earned her her first Grammy Award nomination under the Best Pop Solo Performance. The song topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks and broke the record for the most-streamed track in a single week in the UK.
# 1 – Burn
In the number one spot on our Ellie Goulding songs list is a song, just like its title, will melt down your heart. The vocals are the sweetest. It is featured in her second studio album, Halcyon released in 2013. The track was originally recorded by Leona Lewis- a British singer for her third studio album Glassheart, but it was finally scrapped.
Burn received mixed responses from music critics. The song has been noted as Goulding’s most radio-friendly track up to date. It earned Ellie her first top single on the UK singles chart and stayed at the top of the chart for three consecutive weeks. It peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the US Dance Mix Show. Surely this track is one that you would enjoy listening to.
Ellie Goulding is a talented singer prominent for her unique and soprano vocals. She was a girl with a dream as she told her mother that she would be famous when she was still a young girl. Due to her talents, she became famous upon the release of her first album. Her music career has been filled with positive reviews from her fans as well as music critics and we can confidently say that she is a gem. The above songs by Goulding are unique and will acquire a special place in your heart for music.
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