Without a doubt, Ed Sheeran’s rise from scruffy boy wonder to one of Britain’s biggest pop talents is nothing short of wondrous. Selling out stadiums with just an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal, the talented young singer-songwriter has penned numerous hit singles across the past ten years and written his fair share of songs for other stars, too. Breaking streaming records with heart-rending folk-pop tunes and lusty R&B cuts alike, his trademark sound mixes earnest balladry with rap-inspired rhymes. Here’s how the best Ed Sheeran songs turned an unassuming kid from Suffolk into a world-conquering pop sensation.
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20: I Don’t Care (featuring Justin Bieber) (from ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’, 2019)
After the huge international success of Justin Bieber’s Sheeran-penned hit Love Yourself, Sheeran invited the Canadian pop idol to duet with him on I Don’t Care, the lead single from his fourth album, No.6 Collaborations Project. A mix of contemporary R&B and dancehall-inspired beats, the song was produced by legendary Swedish songwriter Max Martin with his protégés Shellback and Fred Again.
Sweeping straight in at No.1 in the UK and No.2 in the US, I Don’t Care found Sheeran and Bieber trading lyrics about how the showbiz party lifestyle had lost its lustre since both stars had gotten married. “That song is about being at [an] industry event with the woman you love,” Ed Sheeran told Power 105.1. A fun celebration of newlywed bliss, it’s escapist pop at its best.