Ed Sheeran’s meteoric rise from flame-haired independent artist to Britain’s hottest pop sensation has seen him develop a vibrantly colourful aesthetic across all his album and EP artworks to date, perfectly matching his eclectic songwriting abilities. With his father, John, being an art curator, and his mother, Imogen, a much-lauded jewellery designer, Sheeran is a keen painter himself, and his artistic sensibilities have always blessed him with a clear idea of how to present his music in highly marketable ways.
Here are all of Ed Sheeran’s artworks ranked and reviewed, revealing why the singer-songwriter’s album and EP covers have gathered such enormous appeal across the world.
Ed Sheeran’s Album Covers, Ranked And Reviewed
5: ‘Spinning Man’ (2004)
We start with a rarity. In 2004, a 13-year-old Ed Sheeran recorded his first collection of songs, Spinning Man, designing the cover himself and burning a limited number of copies on his home computer. Its opening track was an early version of a pop-punk rocker called Typical Average. “There are probably 20 copies of Spinning Man in existence, and I have 19 of them,” Ed wrote in his photo memoir, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey. “I don’t want anyone else to get hold of a copy.”