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ED SHEERAN - THINKING OUT LOUD (SONG)
Label:ATL/WAR
Entry:28/09/2014 (Position 41)
Last week in charts:20/09/2015 (Position 44)
Peak:1 (5 weeks)
Weeks:47
Place on best of all time:32 (1426 points)
Year:2014
Music/Lyrics:Ed Sheeran
Amy Wadge
Producer:Jake Gosling
World wide:
ch  Peak: 3 / weeks: 72
de  Peak: 6 / weeks: 52
at  Peak: 2 / weeks: 40
fr  Peak: 4 / weeks: 109
nl  Peak: 1 / weeks: 95
be  Peak: 6 / weeks: 31 (Vl)
  Peak: 8 / weeks: 29 (Wa)
se  Peak: 2 / weeks: 91
fi  Peak: 8 / weeks: 13
no  Peak: 4 / weeks: 31
dk  Peak: 1 / weeks: 36
it  Peak: 3 / weeks: 60
es  Peak: 2 / weeks: 83
au  Peak: 1 / weeks: 47
nz  Peak: 1 / weeks: 59

7" Single
Asylum 2564619979



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Asylum / Atlantic -
Digital
Warner 937851661



CD-Single
Asylum / Atlantic 2564619128


TRACKS
13/10/2014
Digital Asylum / Atlantic - (Warner)
1. Thinking Out Loud (Radio Edit)
2:58
   
07/11/2014
Digital Warner 937851661 (Warner)
1. Thinking Out Loud (Alex Adair Remix)
3:02
   
28/11/2014
CD-Single Asylum / Atlantic 2564619128 (Warner) / EAN 0825646191284
1. Thinking Out Loud
4:41
2. I'm A Mess (Live From Lightship)
3:49
   
28/11/2014
7" Single Asylum 2564619979 (Warner) / EAN 0825646199792
1. Thinking Out Loud
4:41
2. I'm A Mess (Live From Lightship 95)
3:49
   

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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 Hill22/01/2017229
Shape Of You22/01/2017180
How Would You Feel (Paean)05/03/201725
Eraser19/03/2017312
Dive19/03/201756
Perfect19/03/2017182
Galway Girl19/03/2017227
Happier19/03/20171614
Hearts Don't Break Around Here19/03/2017322
New Man19/03/2017204
What Do I Know?19/03/2017243
Supermarket Flowers19/03/2017194
Barcelona19/03/2017362
Bibia Be Ye Ye19/03/2017391
Nancy Mulligan19/03/2017372
Save Myself19/03/2017381
River (Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran)31/12/2017220
End Game (Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran & Future)28/01/2018364
I Don't Care (Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber)26/05/2019143
Cross Me (Ed Sheeran feat. Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock)09/06/2019515
Beautiful People (Ed Sheeran feat. Khalid)14/07/2019429
Best Part Of Me (Ed Sheeran feat. Yebba)21/07/2019173
Blow (Ed Sheeran with Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars)21/07/2019312
Antisocial (Ed Sheeran with Travis Scott)28/07/2019115
South Of The Border (Ed Sheeran feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B)28/07/20191232
Take Me Back To London (Ed Sheeran feat. Stormzy)28/07/2019291
Remember The Name (Ed Sheeran feat. Eminem & 50 Cent)28/07/2019152
Put It All On Me (Ed Sheeran feat. Ella Mai)28/07/2019481
Way To Break My Heart (Ed Sheeran feat. Skrillex)28/07/2019501
Own It (Stormzy feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy)29/12/2019404
Those Kinda Nights (Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran)02/02/2020251
Afterglow03/01/2021714
Bad Habits11/07/2021121
Visiting Hours05/09/202137
Shivers26/09/2021210
Tides14/11/2021431
First Times14/11/2021311
Overpass Graffiti14/11/202183
Run (Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran)28/11/2021191
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
+06/11/20111246
Australian Tour Pack19/08/2012431
x06/07/20141289
524/05/2015172
÷ [Divide]19/03/20171246
No. 6 Collaborations Project28/07/20191106
=14/11/202113
SONGS BY ED SHEERAN
...Baby One More Time
1000 Nights (Ed Sheeran feat. Meek Mill & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
2step
Afire Love
AFTE
Afterglow
All About It (Hoodie Allen feat. Ed Sheeran)
All Falls Down (Alonestar feat. Ed Sheeran, Rosie Ribbons)
All Of The Stars
Amo soltanto te (Andrea Bocelli feat. Ed Sheeran)
Antisocial (Ed Sheeran with Travis Scott)
Atlantic City
Autumn Leaves
Bad Habits
Barcelona
Be Like You
Be My Forever (Christina Perri feat. Ed Sheeran)
Be Right Now
Beautiful People (Ed Sheeran feat. Khalid)
Best Part Of Me (Ed Sheeran feat. Yebba)
Bibia Be Ye Ye
Bloodstream
Bloodstream (Ed Sheeran & Rudimental)
Blow (Ed Sheeran with Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars)
Boa Me (Fuse ODG feat. Ed Sheeran & Mugeez)
Candle In The Wind
Castle On The Hill
City Of Sin (The Game feat. Ed Sheeran)
Cold Coffee
Collide
Cross Me (Ed Sheeran feat. Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock)
Dark Times (The Weeknd feat. Ed Sheeran)
Dive
Don't
Dreams (Krept & Konan feat. Ed Sheeran)
Drown Me Out (Ed Sheeran + Ghetts)
Drunk
End Game (Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran & Future)
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
Feels (Ed Sheeran feat. Young Thug & J Hus)
Fire Alarms
Firefly
First Times
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 Don’t Want Your Money (Ed Sheeran feat. H.E.R.)
I Don't Care (Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber)
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)
Leave Your Life
Lego House
Let It Out
Lifting You (N.E.R.D. & Ed Sheeran)
Little Bird
Little Lady (Ed Sheeran + Mikill Pane)
Love In Slow Motion
Make It Rain
Nancy Mulligan
New Man
New York
Nightmares (Ed Sheeran + Random Impulse + Sway + Wretch 32)
Nina
Nothing On You (Ed Sheeran feat. Paulo Londra & Dave)
Old School Love (Lupe Fiasco feat. Ed Sheeran)
One
One Night
Overpass Graffiti
Own It (Stormzy feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy)
Perfect
Perfect Duet (Ed Sheeran / Beyoncé)
Perfect Symphony (Ed Sheeran / Andrea Bocelli)
Photograph
Photograph (Felix Jaehn Remix)
Put It All On Me (Ed Sheeran feat. Ella Mai)
Radio (Ed Sheeran + JME)
Raise Em Up (Alonestar feat. Ed Sheeran)
Raise Em Up (Alonestar feat. Ed Sheeran x Trunkie)
Remember The Name (Ed Sheeran feat. Eminem & 50 Cent)
Reuf (Nekfeu feat. Ed Sheeran)
River (Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran)
Roadside (The Game feat. Ed Sheeran)
Run (Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran)
Runaway
Sandman
Save Myself
Scars
Shape Of You
She
Shirtsleeves
Shivers
Sing
Small Bump
So
Sofa
South Of The Border (Ed Sheeran feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B)
Stop The Rain
Sunburn
Supermarket Flowers
Take It Back
Take Me Back To London (Ed Sheeran feat. Stormzy)
Tenerife Sea
The A Team
The City
The Joker And The Queen
The Man
The Parting Glass
Thinking Out Loud
This
Those Kinda Nights (Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran)
Tides
Top Floor (Cabana) (Naughty Boy feat. Ed Sheeran)
Touch And Go
U.N.I.
Visiting Hours
Wake Me Up
Watchtower (Devlin feat. Ed Sheeran)
Way To Break My Heart (Ed Sheeran feat. Skrillex)
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]
÷ [Divide] / x
5
Australian Tour Pack
Live At The Bedford
Loose Change
No. 5 Collaborations Project
No. 6 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: 4.02 (Reviews: 122)
Only the reviews in english are displayed: Show all languages
****
Irgendwie schön, aber irgendwie auch total langweilig!<br>Das ganze ist mir persönlich auch zu langatmig!<br>Kein Highlight wie ich finde...eher eine solide Ballade, die schnell vergessen ist! 4*
****
Good. Not what I was expecting!
****
Easy listening track and really memorable and great. 147,978 sold while #1. His second UK#1. UK#1 and Ireland#1. US#2. 2.4 million copies sold in the UK.<br><br>His second UK million selling single.
Last edited: 12/05/2017 17:01
******
Fantastic effort and refreshing after his last two. Like the lyrics in particular.
*****
Now this is the Ed Sheeran that I want to hear!
*****
"Now this is the Ed Sheeran that I want to hear!"
***
Not bad. His best since Give Me Love.
*****
Welcome back Ed! Great to see another solid ballad off him. A highlight off "X" but the following "Afire Love" would prove to be even better than this.
Last edited: 18/01/2015 10:38
******
I love it!
Last edited: 03/12/2014 12:30
****
The pick of his new songs that I've heard. I liken it to 'Small Bump' in sound and quality. 3.75
**
I can understand why people like this type of Ed Sheeran. It definitely matches the sound he had on his "+" album, and I'll admit, I liked the sound of the album as well.<br><br>But if I'm going to say the truth, I prefer "Sing" and Don't" more. For a ballad, I don't think this is really anywhere near his best of this type of song, with "The A Team" and "Drunk" being miles ahead.<br><br>Still, I enjoy this for the most part and that's still good.<br><br>It has a chance at making #1 if he performs it at the AFL Grand Final this weekend.<br><br>3.5*.<br><br>EDIT: It didn't take long for me to, I'm not going to say dislike, but not like this song.<br><br>It is all a bit too dull and boring for me, and doesn't have repeated listen value for me like his slower songs from "+". I was sick of it after hearing it around 5 times.<br><br>Hope it doesn't linger around the charts for too long.<br><br>3.5* -> 2.5*.<br><br>EDIT 2: This is just painfully boring and uninteresting now.<br><br>On "+", these types of songs connected with me because of the interesting lyricism, but this seems like a half-arsed, "I love you now, and I'll love you just as much in the future" effort that I've heard so many times before.<br><br>If this were by any other artist, I don't think I would have been so lenient with it, so I think this deserves the same treatment all the others are getting.<br><br>Hopefully his next song of this type is a LOT better, because if there's any more of this type of music, I might be off Ed Sheeran altogether.<br><br>2.5* -> 2*.
Last edited: 27/05/2015 12:55
****
Nonchalant yawn.<br><br>Nah I like it. It doesn't seem like a very fitting number one though and I'd prefer "You Ruin Me" there.
****
Better than I was expected, sounds like a cover song somehow<br><br>Wait now I know it's 'Let's Get It On' in the chord progression.
Last edited: 19/11/2014 07:04
***
OK but YAWN! Nothing special.
***
Not here for this. It's too saccharine, but also harmless.
****
Ok
****
Quite nice and likely to be a grower.<br>But I still prefer 'Lego House', 'Give Me Love' and 'Small Bump'. A worthy #1 though.
**
Nothing Special
Last edited: 14/02/2015 02:04
**
Well, what happens after 70???!!!
*
I prefer the song "One".<br>In Thinking out loud his voice sounds annoying.
**
Boring and vapid.
****
Quite memorable but overplay made this lose it's touch.
*
Gähn
******
I simply don't tire of this song and to be honest it's not generally something I would be magnetically drawn to.<br>It will be ageless and remember as a classic in the years to come.<br><br>Topped my personal chart for four weeks.<br><br>Came in at #43 on my TOP 200 OF 2014.<br><br>Came in at #92 on my TOP 100 OF 2015.<br><br>P = 610
Last edited: 17/01/2021 06:24
*****
Great song. But since "Perfect" came along and made me good impression it was way better. I still listen to this though.
***
OK wedding song.
****
I'm breaking a promise I made to myself nearly 7 years ago. That specific promise is that I mentally decided that I would never review this song while it was still in the charts. My reason being that as this song was presently racking up all manner of chart achievements and (especially in the UK) becoming one of the most successful songs of all time, I couldn't rationalise any of my opinions because they all had a reactionary bias of influence set upon by all this chart success that I couldn't really understand. The years went on and I found the gambit to be somewhat amusing as it just happened to go onto the song that would for a time become the flat out longest charting song in history.<br><br>This is important for me because personally self-accountability can go a long way. A decade ago I was completely taken in by the 'Angry Critic' trope. The notion that bad media is not simply just awful, but an absolute affront, taunting you by merely existing. Anyone who ever liked it at any point is a moron and the fact that it gets undue attention over *reportedly good media which I will not put stakes in by mentioning, perpetuating the 'problem'* proves that we've failed as a society. I'm sure a lot of people reading this have been told something is bad, agreed that it's bad, gotten mad about it and had to tell more people that it's bad, even though most of the time you never have to encounter it unless you seek it out yourself.<br><br>Maybe the most famous example of this is Rebecca Black's "Friday". An obviously cheaply made recording and video, done as a cute pop star fantasy fulfilment with no greater ambitions. It was discovered to be particularly badly made and soon went so viral that it was I believe the 2nd longest reigning trending topic on Twitter ever at the time. But it wasn't just people laughing at the song's cheap production value, but using it as a means to get furiously angry at the state of popular music. Indeed, such was the song's enormous attention that it started being seen as a genuine artistic statement, not just for Rebecca Black but for the private production company that made it. It was getting scrutiny as if it were a major label product, and Rebecca Black was being pushed as the next Justin Bieber or whatever.<br><br>The worst thing about this though is that it never just stops at people yelling in the song's comment section or casual conversation about how "Friday" is an abomination. People got so invested in this hatred that they suddenly lacked the inhibitions to tell them that sending death threats to a 13 year old girl is a very not normal thing to do. I can't fathom what it's like to be Rebecca Black trying to live life at a time like this. So you end up with a situation where everyone involved is in some form of misery and it's all the fault of people who can't help but signal boost the very product that they seem to want to do anything in their power to boycott.<br><br>Anyway, a decent while before this, I think I built up a reputation for myself as being a bit of a miser. I'd follow the charts intently but express utter dismay at most of what was common chart fodder, with the exceptions being very selective and honestly pretentious, as I fashioned myself a superior music listener because I listened to obscure bands like Arcade Fire and Beach House. It was the kind of situation where I was so set in what I was convinced was good & bad music, that anyone who dared defy these would be outwardly rejected.<br><br>My main rationale wasn't usually a matter of being mad at a disagreement, but rather being mad that someone would go so out of their way to strike on such a peg. There's a deep irony in this in that I found it perfectly reasonable for myself to go out of my way to make hateful tirades, but it baffled me that others did it. I took it extremely personally and by all accounts, I probably should have. My extremely uncharitable views to anything outside of my wheelhouse probably made me pretty unlikeable to anyone who felt the other way. This is my way of saying that if you see any of my decade old reviews I've written on this site, please take them with an extreme pinch of salt because they largely don't remotely represent me as the person I am now, and for that matter, I scarcely hold so much of that same anger and malice I once did. Which is to say that I hate reading that negative two star review I wrote for that song you love just as much as you do, and unfortunately these lazily written pieces make up 99% of the reviews I've written on this site so you're more likely to stumble upon them than anything else.<br><br>The whole situation was very of its time with the late 2000s/early 2010s online ecosystem. A time when a lot of extremely popular content was dark, edgy, just generally jaded for the sake of this. A big proponent of this as well was the trope of the angry online critic. An entire generation responded not to insight but to people who got comically upset at movies, video games, what have you, in this same way I described before. It was the sort of situation where the targets of ire were often so obviously bad that any fans of the medium could take solace that their favourites were never targetted, and get enjoyment out of obvious disasters getting put in their place.<br><br>Music is of course no exception. It's only a little bit different because often these obvious targets are actually very popular, but music fandom was so compartmentalised between fans of strict genre boundaries that largely all hated each other, so throwing a brick over the fence was harmless business for those of us safely never standing on the other side. The 2000s weren't the birth of rockism, but it's the point where it reached critical mass, spilling over to reactionary poptimism which is not without its own problems but that's another review. This stuff all still happens now but it feels so dated and insubstantial for the most parts. Nowadays the notion of listening to just one genre is a bit less common and anyone still drawing those battle lines feels irrelevant, like they don't have near enough sway on their own to make a movement. Gone are the days where an Australian newspaper critic (whose name escapes me) goes viral as a hero for writing scathing reviews of Katy Perry & Skrillex albums for the crimes of being Katy Perry & Skrillex albums. Perhaps popular music is so much less centralised (also, another review for another time) that it's hard to really harbour much disdain for the top of the mountain, but also maybe no one really wants to see this sort of content anymore. I've seen so many online content creators pivot to more thoughtful, inspired content with great success that largely just wasn't a thing 10 years ago that I can't help but think that much of the public has just gotten over this phase.<br><br>For me personally, I've gone through multiple depression cycles over the last 10 years ago, and while I can't say I've gotten through that, it's made me re-assess my own voice as a terminally online person. For one, I realised that I put far too much of a stake into these online music personality wars. Where I may have spent an inordinate amount of time lazily writing reviews for the sake of pivoting aggregate scores ever so slightly towards my desired outcome, I also found that my current mindset could be uncontrollably damaged in any instance where say, a song I didn't like was dominating the charts. With songs like this, it was made worse because the catharsis of the song leaving the charts, once an inevitability, started to be tested in its own right. Nowadays you can't help but wonder if certain songs and albums are genuinely never going to leave the charts, as their inevitable equilibrium still rests them high enough to be tracked.<br><br>That all being said, the strange thing about this negativity is that it feels like it's an encouraged inevitability. Media competes with media to be the most dominant (especially with things like music charts), and if you're a particularly zealous fan, you'll want your media to be on the top, where anything that jeopardises that is immediately the enemy. What you end up with this is an unstoppable spiral where you will probably think to yourself that the charts would be perfect if a, b & c were gone and replaced with x, y & z. In reality, the moment that switch happens, you'll find yourself dissatisfied with d, e & f. Think to yourself how often you've wanted to call something out as overrated for being merely 'good', all that really says is that the standard is high enough that 'good' just isn't enough, but in a state of dire straits, that same 'good' might be the best thing you can hold onto. You could be in full control of what does & doesn't become popular and even then you'd look back on what you decided upon, realising that you yourself missed the forest for the trees. It's an endless chase of course-correcting to seek a perfection that will never truly satisfy you.<br><br>In any case, I enacted self-care. Several years ago I flat out stopped reading reviews here. What I wrote 4 paragraphs back might seem like it's looking back with an evolved mindset, but I'm still not mentally strong enough to overcome it. I'm certain that I'm missing out on a lot of insightful content but I simply can't take it alongside the risk of having my blood boiling irrationally over an opinion I disagree with, making me harbour ill will to people who have done nothing to deserve the ire. One of those situations where nobody has actually done anything bad but the cosmic irony pools together with a net negative result. I know I'm the one who's at fault so it's in my best interest to keep myself reined in.<br><br>The other thing is that I stopped writing negative reviews. I've considered making exceptions for songs that I can't in all honesty say I like, but are worthwhile as springpoints for interesting discussion points on my mind, but in any case, it's been close to 4 years since I last wrote a review here with a score of less than 4 stars. The alternative is that I would just take off with these discussion points and just put up a dishonest 4 star review as a front. Perhaps if you just read that you might just think that I'm doing exactly that with this song, and this was my drawn out plot twist reveal. I'm not.<br><br>I guess it's kind of like what I was talking about at the end of my "Dance Monkey" review, which if you haven't read before now, I apologise in advance for taking up so much of your time. Namely though, I just don't see a valid reason to want to be a beacon of negativity and bad vibes online. I understand that it's really easy to default to being an angry reactionary, violently raging in the hope of restoring a status quo that's more to your own expectations in spite of how little you're likely to accomplish. It's a lot more of a challenge to be a net positive. It's what I strive for now. I might still have trouble restraining my inhibitions but for the most part, I want my limited online impact to be a positive one. If I can brighten someone's day with something I say or write, that's a better accomplishment than making someone feel bad for harmlessly enjoying a piece of harmless media. I've still got a lot of growing up to do, maybe I'll get there when I'm 70.
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