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ED SHEERAN - CASTLE ON THE HILL (SONG)
Label:ATL/WAR
Entry:22/01/2017 (Position 2)
Last week in charts:26/03/2017 (Position 2)
Peak:2 (8 weeks)
Weeks:10
Place on best of all time:1573 (488 points)
Year:2017
Music/Lyrics:Benjamin Levin
Ed Sheeran
Producer:Benny Blanco
World wide:
ch  Peak: 2 / weeks: 10
de  Peak: 2 / weeks: 10
at  Peak: 2 / weeks: 10
fr  Peak: 3 / weeks: 8
nl  Peak: 2 / weeks: 11
be  Peak: 2 / weeks: 11 (Vl)
  Peak: 25 / weeks: 11 (Wa)
se  Peak: 2 / weeks: 10
fi  Peak: 4 / weeks: 6
no  Peak: 3 / weeks: 10
dk  Peak: 2 / weeks: 10
it  Peak: 3 / weeks: 10
es  Peak: 2 / weeks: 8
au  Peak: 2 / weeks: 10
nz  Peak: 2 / weeks: 10

Digital
Asylum / Atlantic 190295854119
Digital
Asylum / Atlantic 1202046723



CD-Single
Asylum 9029583870



Digital
Asylum / Atlantic 1208418100


TRACKS
06/01/2017
Digital Asylum / Atlantic 190295854119 (Warner) / EAN 0190295854119
1. Castle On The Hill
4:21
   
10/02/2017
Digital Asylum / Atlantic 1202046723 (Warner)
1. Castle On The Hill (Acoustic)
3:46
   
22/02/2017
Digital Asylum / Atlantic 1208418100 (Warner)
1. Castle On The Hill (Live at the BRITs)
1:47
   
24/02/2017
CD-Single Asylum 9029583870 (Warner) / EAN 0190295838706
1. Castle On The Hill
4:24
2. Castle On The Hill (Acoustic)
3:48
   

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VersionLengthTitleLabel
Number
Format
Medium
Date
4:21Castle On The HillAsylum / Atlantic
190295854119
Single
Digital
06/01/2017
Acoustic3:46Castle On The HillAsylum / Atlantic
1202046723
Single
Digital
10/02/2017
Live at the BRITs1:47Castle On The HillAsylum / Atlantic
1208418100
Single
Digital
22/02/2017
4:24Castle On The HillAsylum
9029583870
Single
CD-Single
24/02/2017
Acoustic3:48Castle On The HillAsylum
9029583870
Single
CD-Single
24/02/2017
4:21÷ [Divide]Asylum / Atlantic
9029585903
Album
CD
03/03/2017
4:21÷ [Divide] [Deluxe Edition]Asylum / Atlantic
90295859022
Album
CD
03/03/2017
4:21÷ [Divide]Asylum / Atlantic
9029585901
Album
LP
03/03/2017
MUSIC DIRECTORY
Ed SheeranEd Sheeran: Discography / Become a fan
Official Site
ED SHEERAN IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
The A Team23/10/2011222
Lego House25/03/2012427
Drunk05/08/2012910
Give Me Love11/11/2012919
Small Bump10/03/20131412
Everything Has Changed (Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran)26/05/20132811
Old School Love (Lupe Fiasco feat. Ed Sheeran)17/11/20132311
I See Fire24/11/20131017
Sing11/05/2014118
Don't06/07/2014420
Thinking Out Loud28/09/2014147
Make It Rain21/12/2014261
Bloodstream15/03/2015712
Photograph24/05/2015927
Lay It All On Me (Rudimental feat. Ed Sheeran)11/10/2015723
Castle On The Hill22/01/2017210
Shape Of You22/01/2017110
How Would You Feel (Paean)05/03/201724
Eraser19/03/2017312
Dive19/03/201752
Perfect19/03/201762
Galway Girl19/03/201772
Happier19/03/2017162
Hearts Don't Break Around Here19/03/2017322
New Man19/03/2017202
What Do I Know?19/03/2017242
Supermarket Flowers19/03/2017192
Barcelona19/03/2017362
Bibia Be Ye Ye19/03/2017391
Nancy Mulligan19/03/2017372
Save Myself19/03/2017381
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
+06/11/20111172
Australian Tour Pack19/08/2012431
x06/07/20141138
524/05/2015172
÷ [Divide]19/03/201712
SONGS BY ED SHEERAN
Afire Love
All About It (Hoodie Allen feat. Ed Sheeran)
All Of The Stars
Atlantic City
Autumn Leaves
Barcelona
Be Like You
Be My Forever (Christina Perri feat. Ed Sheeran)
Bibia Be Ye Ye
Bloodstream (Ed Sheeran & Rudimental)
Bloodstream
Candle In The Wind
Castle On The Hill
Cold Coffee
Dark Times (The Weeknd feat. Ed Sheeran)
Dive
Don't
Dreams (Krept & Konan feat. Ed Sheeran)
Drown Me Out (Ed Sheeran + Ghetts)
Drunk
English Rose
Eraser
Even My Dad Does Sometimes
Everything Has Changed (Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran)
Everything You Are
Faces (Ed Sheeran & Yelawolf)
Fall
Family (Ed Sheeran + P. Money)
Feeling Good
Fire Alarms
Firefly
Friends
Galway Girl
Give Me Love
Gold Rush
Goodbye To You (Ed Sheeran + Dot Rotten)
Grade 8
Growing Up (Sloane's Song) (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ed Sheeran)
Guiding Light (Foy Vance feat. Ed Sheeran)
Happier
Hearts Don't Break Around Here
Homeless
How Would You Feel (Paean)
Hush Little Baby (Wretch 32 feat. Ed Sheeran)
I See Fire
I Was Made For Loving You (Tori Kelly feat. Ed Sheeran)
I Will Take You Home
If I Could (Wiley feat. Ed Sheeran)
I'm A Mess
Kiss Me
Lately (Ed Sheeran + Devlin)
Lay It All On Me (Rudimental feat. Ed Sheeran)
Lego House
Let It Out
Little Bird
Little Lady (Ed Sheeran + Mikill Pane)
Make It Rain
Nancy Mulligan
New Man
New York
Nightmares (Ed Sheeran + Random Impulse + Sway + Wretch 32)
Nina
Old School Love (Lupe Fiasco feat. Ed Sheeran)
One
One Night
Perfect
Photograph
Photograph (Felix Jaehn Remix)
Radio (Ed Sheeran + JME)
Raise Em Up (Alonestar feat. Ed Sheeran)
Reuf (Nekfeu feat. Ed Sheeran)
Runaway
Save Myself
Scars
Shape Of You
She
Shirtsleeves
Sing
Small Bump
So
Sofa
Sunburn
Supermarket Flowers
Take It Back
Tenerife Sea
The A Team
The City
The Man
The Parting Glass
Thinking Out Loud
This
Top Floor (Cabana) (Naughty Boy feat. Ed Sheeran)
Touch And Go
U.N.I.
Wake Me Up
Watchtower (Devlin feat. Ed Sheeran)
What Do I Know?
Where We Land
Wish You Were Here (Ed Sheeran / Richard Jones / Nick Mason / Mike Rutherford / David Arnold)
You (Ed Sheeran + Wiley)
You Don't Know (Ed Sheeran feat. Yelawolf)
You Need Me, I Don't Need You (Ed Sheeran feat. Wretch 32 & Devlin)
You Need Me, I Don't Need You
Young Guns (Lewi White feat. Ed Sheeran, Devlin, Griminal & Yasmin)
ALBUMS BY ED SHEERAN
+
÷ [Divide]
5
Australian Tour Pack
Live At The Bedford
Loose Change
No. 5 Collaborations Project
Songs I Wrote With Amy E.P
The A Team EP
x
x / +
x Wembley Edition
DVDS BY ED SHEERAN
Jumpers For Goalposts - Live At Wembley Stadium
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 4.11 (Reviews: 57)
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*****
Just like "Shape Of You" this is above average (to a lesser extent). This album will be really interesting..
****
Durchschnittliche Nummer, welche bei mir null Gefühle auslöst und mich eher kalt lässt.
4*-
****
I prefer this to Shape of You as it's more emotive and personal to me. UK#2 and Ireland#2. US#6.
Last edited: 18/01/2017 10:43
****
One part U2, one part Shawn Mendes. He could certainly do far worse and it has quite an enjoyable pace to it. 3.5
*****
This is quite good.
Last edited: 29/01/2017 09:02
****
Better than the previous i guess.
*****
Awesome song and better than the tropical pop anthem "Shape of You" that Ed Sheeran also released. This feels more like his roots than anything.
****
Pretty good song that greatly contrasts Shape of You in both sound and lyrical content. This is much more my type of music than that despite it being a higher unpopular opinion as the chart positions show. Definitely sounds very much like U2 which to me is a good thing as I am a fan of them.
Last edited: 01/03/2017 16:15
******
Great song about your home and ur family and friends and about not forgetting who you are and where you came from. Along with Shape of you I feel Like this new album might be his strongest yet 👍🏻
*****
Fantastic song by Ed, marking another successful comeback yet again. There's heaps to like about this, but I feel there are some glaring faults that need to be addressed first.

The chorus production is not good. That "fuzzy" background noise is just distracting and doesn't really help add substance to the part of the song that needs it most. I'm not sure where it comes from, but I am quite sure it is not from my end.

Secondly, Sheeran just doesn't have the right voice for this sort of voice. Throating your way to compensate for your lack of ability to belt out ala Bono, Jon Bon Jovi or Springsteen achieves only further throat and voice damage than conveying any sort of emotion. Heck, the falsetto is strong af and damn, that bit is effective but I wouldn't recommend many more songs like this. Stick to what your voice suits, like Thinking Out Loud, the massive worldwide hit? Yeah.

Regardless, the vocal hooks and the nostalgic lyrics makes this a sure winner. Once the irresistable "I'm on my way" hits, I am hooked on the song every time. Aside from the minor faults, the song builds very well and it culminates into a very satisfying journey. Well done once again, Ed!
****
Solid track.
******
Great track. The better of the two imo. Nice one.
****
I have a bone to pick with you Mr. Sheeran. Readers of my reviews for the last 7 years will know exactly what I'm talking about as I have a particular bother in the lyrics of this song. Ed mentions that he is driving at 90 down those country lanes, and I can't help but wonder why he would point out 90 specifically. Is he in a particular hurry to recreate the way that he once felt which was in fact real? I'm not particularly versed on the nature of the roads in Framlingham, Suffolk, but when the mention of the speed comes up, I can only ponder one thing: How does this speed relate to the speed limit of those country lanes?

There are of course 3 possible scenarios in here, he's either going over the speed limit, at the speed limit, or under the speed limit. I ponder the scenarios and it just baffles me in all 3 situations. If he's going over the speed limit, why would he broadcast such a fact on a pop song that he's well aware will be listened to hundreds of millions of times? Does he think his boyish charm will mean that none of those hundreds of millions of listeners will alert the proper authorities of his much needed demerits? Or heck, that the authorities themselves won't catch wind of it on their own, given Sheeran's ubiquity? If he's going the speed limit, why would he even mention it? It's a standard expectation and not something that need be broadcast. And if he did want to broadcast it, he could go better ways to do so, perhaps saying that the speed limit is 90, from which we would just assume that he's going 90 and there'd be no need for discussion on the matter. It also makes for a good form of scene building. The last hypothetical in this case seems to be the most plausible just because it's the one that can be most easily justified for being broadcast. That he is going reasonably under the speed limit is something of note. It does undermine the idea that he wants to go back to the way he felt which was real when he watched the sunset over the castle on the hill, perhaps indicating some tension in this otherwise seemingly conflict-free scenario. Though I must say that I'd be surprised if those country lanes had speed limits above 90, it just seems a tad excessive. I wish Ed would at the very least annotate the genius page and give some proper insight into this baffling lyric.

I generally like this song. Aside from the aforementioned qualm, it displays a sort of lyrical depth that I feel is otherwise missing on "÷". Well, depth is probably the wrong word, it's more a case of being engaging in a positive way. I've often had a thing for fantasizing about childhood motifs, because you can often invoke some great imagery with it, and it comes from the right place in the heart that you know it's genuine. Ed doesn't quite paint a picture here as much as he tells a story, which works fine as well. He gets it through convincingly that he would like to relive these days. I can really relate to the recollection of moments in time that were probably inconsequential at the time, but through time, the sheer vividness of one's memory can build them up to be a powerful foundation in your history. It's like how my brother and I can rattle off quotes from an educational CD-Rom game that is almost beyond Google because so few copies seem to exist, but the simple foundation recalls some of the fondest moments of my childhood.

I also like that Ed avoids directly acknowledging his success in this. Perhaps the most powerful effect the song has is that ignoring the specifics of the motifs, in a general sense, it's a song that could be sung by pretty much anyone, and with the same merit, could be empathised upon by pretty much anyone.

One thing that does hold it back a little is the production. I like the general idea behind it, and the little rattling guitar has an odd effect of reminding me of some of my favourite post-punk revivalist singles of the 2000s, but once you get to the chorus the whole thing just gets rather overblown. Even the first time I heard the song I just couldn't get over how awfully it suffered from overcompression, which seems a bit out of hand for such a high profile release in 2017. Between this and the distortion in "Supermarket Flowers", it just seems odd to have some quality control overlooked, akin to that subtitle typo I found in the 4th episode of Life Is Strange.

The good outweighs the bad though, and I would give this a 7/10 score if I were to rate on that scale, knowing full well that this may dock the song of a single vital point on its metacritic rating and send the Sheeranheads flocking to DDoS me. But I must be honest, and as Xuande would say: I'd rather the world betray me, but I won't betray the world.
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