“Your Song” is a ballad composed and performed by English musician Elton John with lyrics by his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. It originally appeared on John’s self-titled second album (1970).
The song was released in the United States in October 1970 as the B-side to “Take Me to the Pilot”. Both received airplay, but “Your Song” was preferred by disc jockeys and replaced “Take Me to the Pilot” as the A-side, eventually making the top ten on both the UK and US charts.
In 1998, “Your Song” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004 the song was placed at number 137 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
A demo version was included on John’s 1990 box set album To Be Continued. The song has been covered by a number of artists, including Ellie Goulding, whose version reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in late 2010.
“The Writer” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from her debut album, Lights (2010). It was released as the album’s fourth and final (not including the Bright Lights re-release) single on 8 August 2010.
Goulding told Sky Songs that “The Writer” is “the most personal and emotional song I’ve written yet”, adding, “It’s about how you’d do anything and change absolutely everything about yourself if necessary, just to be noticed by this one person.”
“Wonderman” is the sixth single by English rapper Tinie Tempah. It features vocals by English singer Ellie Goulding and is the fifth official single from Tinie’s debut album, Disc-Overy, being the second song to be released as a single following the release of the album – the first being “Invincible”. The song was produced by long-time collaborator Labrinth. who has also worked with Tinie Tempah on “Pass Out” and “Frisky”, and mixed by James F Reynolds, who mixed the entire Disc-Overy album. The single released on 7 March 2011. The single has peaked at number twelve on the UK Singles Chart.
“Under the Sheets” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from her debut album, Lights (2010). Produced by Starsmith, it was released as the album’s lead single. The song premiered on Huw Stephens’s BBC Radio 1 show on 30 September 2009 and was released on the UK iTunes Store on 15 November 2009, peaking at number fifty-three on the UK Singles Chart. It was also used to promote the second season of 90210 on E4 in the UK. According to Goulding, the single was released on independent label Neon Gold Records rather than Polydor so that she would not be put under too much pressure.
“Tessellate” is a song by English indie rock band alt-J from their debut studio album, An Awesome Wave (2012). The song was written by Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, Gwilym Sainsbury and Thom Green and produced by Charlie Andrew. It was released on 13 July 2012 as the album’s third single. “Tessellate” has been used on television series such as CSI: NY, Longmire, and Sons of Anarchy.
In 2013, “Tessellate” was covered by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding on the deluxe edition of Halcyon Days, the reissue of her second studio album, Halcyon. English indie folk band Mumford & Sons also covered the song on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on 25 September 2012; their version was included on the compilation album BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2013.
“Still Falling for You” is a song recorded by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding for the soundtrack to the film Bridget Jones’s Baby. The song was written by Tove Lo, Rickard Göransson, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Shellback. It was released as a single on 19 August 2016.
The song is written in the key of D♭ major with a common time tempo of 96 beats per minute. Goulding’s vocals span from A♭3 to F5 in the song.
“Starry Eyed” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding, released as the second single from her debut album, Lights (2010). It was written by Goulding and Jonny Lattimer, and produced by Starsmith. Goulding made her debut US television performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 7 April 2011 performing “Starry Eyed”.
When asked what “Starry Eyed” was about, Goulding told Digital Spy:
It’s about letting go. As opposed to all the sad and depressing things I write about, I decided to write something about the joining together of people in some kind of euphoric state—be it at a festival, at a show or in a club. I wanted a song that would reach out to people of every background and every enjoyment, whether you enjoy a natural high, taking drugs, drinking or whatever. Because I’m essentially a pop artist I wanted to write a song that everyone can relate to.
“Starry Eyed” was featured in the 2010 superhero film Kick-Ass and on its soundtrack. The song was used in the MTV teen drama series Teen Wolf and Awkward, as well as during a segment of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in November 2011.
“Something in the Way You Move” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from her third studio album, Delirium (2015). The song was serviced to contemporary hit radio in the United States on 19 January 2016 as the album’s second single in North America, and third overall. It reached number 51 on the UK Singles Chart and number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
“Something in the Way You Move” is an electropop song, with a tempo of 108 beats per minute and it uses the chords A, B, C#m, and E. Lyrically, the song describes an ill-fated attraction to someone. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis noted similarities between the song and “Love Me Like You Do”, another song from Delirium, saying it has “a virtually identical chorus”. Eve Barlow of Spin wrote the chorus is reminiscent of the 1980s.
“Powerful” is a song recorded by American electronic music project Major Lazer. It’s the second official single off their third studio album, Peace Is the Mission (2015), featuring guest vocals from British singer Ellie Goulding and Jamaican singer Tarrus Riley.
The song is described as a “EDM power ballad” and its soul, pop and R&B nature led the critics to label it as one of the most accessible and radio friendly songs in the album. It was written by Thomas Pentz, Maxime Picard, Clement Picard, Ilsey Juber, Fran Hall and reggae musician Tarrus Riley; this later is also featured on the track along singer Ellie Goulding. The song is a musical departure from Major Lazer’s dancehall-inspired signature sound, having this song dubbed as a ballad by many reporters. Lyrically, the song talks about the protagonist’s significant other having ‘power’ on them, such when they touch there is electricity. It also hints at sex. The chorus of the song was first used in the Major Lazer TV series on FXX a month before the full song was released in the episode “Vampire Weekend”.
“Outside” is a song by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris from his fourth studio album, Motion (2014). The song features English singer Ellie Goulding and was released on 20 October 2014 as the fourth single from the album. It marks the second collaboration between Harris and Goulding, following the internationally successful single “I Need Your Love” (2013). “Outside” is included on the deluxe edition of Goulding’s third studio album, Delirium.
“On My Mind” is a song recorded by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from her third studio album, Delirium (2015). It was released as the album’s lead single on 17 September 2015. It was written by Goulding, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Ilya Salmanzadeh, and produced by Martin and Ilya. “On My Mind” is an electropop and R&B song whose instrumentation consists of scratchy guitars, trap drums, slapped beats and sharp, syncopated electronica. Lyrically, “On My Mind” talks about a one-night stand with someone the protagonist shouldn’t be with, having a dichotomy between heart and head. Though firmly denied by Goulding, many critics considered it an answer song to Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t”.
The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised it for being a radio-friendly song, as well as Goulding’s delivery, with one critic calling it one of her best singles to date. Commercially, “On My Mind” became another top-ten hit in the United Kingdom, as well as in Australia and other five territories, while reaching the top 20 in other seven countries. In the United States, it has reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its Western-themed music video was inspired by the film Thelma & Louise and was directed by Emil Nava. It premiered on 21 September 2015, and it shows Goulding in a revenge story in Las Vegas.
“Mirrors” is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Justin Timberlake for his third studio album, The 20/20 Experience (2013). First conceived in 2009, the track was inspired by the marriage of his grandparents. It is an eight-minute-long mid-tempo progressive pop and R&B ballad. Timberlake wrote and produced the song with Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, with additional writing from James Fauntleroy.
“Mirrors” was issued as the second single from The 20/20 Experience in February 2013. It went on to top the Australian Urban, Bulgarian, European, Lebanese, Polish, South African and United Kingdom singles charts, as well as peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Mainstream Top 40 in the United States. “Mirrors” was ranked at number six on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 chart. The song was met with positive reviews by critics upon release and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. The accompanying music video directed by Floria Sigismondi was released in March 2013, it depicts a tale of two lovers through several decades. The clip eventually won two MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year. As of 2014, the song has sold over 3 million digital copies in the US.
“Love Me like You Do” is a song recorded by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding for the soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). The song was written by Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Tove Lo, Max Martin and Ali Payami; the latter two also produced it. Initially, Kotecha thought about giving the song to American singer Demi Lovato. However, after he and Max Martin were commissioned to write a song for the film, they thought that “Love Me like You Do” suited the film and Goulding was selected to sing the track. It was released on 7 January 2015 as the second single from the soundtrack. The song was also included on Goulding’s third studio album, Delirium (2015).
“Love Me like You Do” is a mid-tempo electropop power ballad, with instrumentation consisting in massive synths and crushing drums. Lyrically, similar to the film’s theme, the song talks about the uncontrollable feeling of falling in love and being seduced by someone whose touch leaves her begging for more, even when it hurts. It received acclaim from music critics, who praised Goulding’s soft vocals and the song for being sultry and grandiose. The song earned Goulding her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance, while the songwriters were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Song.
“Love Me like You Do” was a global success, becoming Goulding’s most successful single as well as becoming her first number-one in various countries, topping the charts of over 25 territories, including Australia, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Netherland and Switzerland. In the United Kingdom, it spent four weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart, while holding the record for the most-streamed track in a single week in the United Kingdom at the time. In the United States, it peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was her first number-one on the Adult Top 40 and second on the Mainstream Top 40. Its accompanying music video, which features scenes of the film and Goulding dancing with her partner in a ballroom, became the 21st video to receive one billion views on YouTube and received a nomination at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video.
“Lost and Found” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from her third studio album, Delirium (2015). It was released as a promotional single on 23 October 2015.
“Lost and Found” is a pop song, with a tempo of 138 beats per minute. Co-written by Goulding, Carl Falk, Max Martin, Laleh Pourkarim and Joakim Berg, it is a strumming, guitar-based mid-tempo combining elements of folk and electronic music. According to Goulding, Martin originally wrote the song for Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood.
The song received mostly positive reviews. Digital Spy called the song as a “sparkling pop anthem”. Spin said “[The song] that would likely take off in any club setting”, praising his chorus, saying that his beats “which never hurts”. Idolator said the song “is one of the strongest tracks she has released thus far.”
“Lights” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from Bright Lights (2010), the reissue of her debut studio album, Lights (2010). Written by Goulding, Richard Stannard and Ash Howes, the song was inspired by Goulding’s childhood fear of the dark. It was released on 13 March 2011 as the album’s sixth single overall, and second from Bright Lights. Originally a bonus track on the UK and German iTunes edition of Lights, the song was re-edited for inclusion on Bright Lights in late 2010, serving as the single version.
“Lights” received positive reviews from most music critics, who praised the song’s production and Goulding’s “ethereal” vocals. The song was also a commercial success, reaching the top 20 in several countries. In the United States, “Lights” was a sleeper hit, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 after 33 weeks on the chart, and becoming one of the few songs to have spent more than a year on the Hot 100. The song has been certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
“Jolene” is a song written and performed by American country music artist Dolly Parton. It was released in October 1973 as the first single and title track from her album of the same name, produced by Bob Ferguson.
The song was ranked No. 217 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” in 2004. According to Parton, “Jolene” is the song most-recorded by other artists of all the songs she has written.
“I Need Your Love” is a song by Scottish producer and DJ Calvin Harris from his third studio album, 18 Months (2012). The song features English singer Ellie Goulding and was released on 12 April 2013 as the album’s seventh single. “I Need Your Love” is also included as a bonus track on Goulding’s second studio album, Halcyon (2012). The accompanying music video, directed by Emil Nava, depicts Harris and Goulding as a romantic couple on a trip to Miami.
“I Need Your Love” received favourable reviews from critics. The song reached number four on the UK Singles Chart, making Harris the first artist in UK chart history to have eight top ten hits from one studio album. It also reached the top five in Australia, Austria, Finland and Sweden, the top ten in Belgium, Ireland and Switzerland, and the top twenty in the United States. The song was nominated for British Single of the Year at the 2014 BRIT Awards, while the music video was nominated for British Video of the Year.
“How Long Will I Love You?” is a song by folk-rock band The Waterboys from their fifth studio album, Room to Roam (1990). Written by Mike Scott, it was released as the album’s lead single. The song was subsequently covered by English singer Ellie Goulding and released as the second single from her album Halcyon Days (2013). Goulding’s version is included on the soundtrack to the 2013 film About Time, which also features a different cover by Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney and Ben Coleman.
“Heavy Crown” is a song recorded by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea featuring English singer Ellie Goulding, recorded for Reclassified (2014), the reissue of Azalea’s debut studio album The New Classic (2014). Azalea and Goulding co-wrote the song with its producers, Salt Wives and The Invisible Men, with additional writing from Jon Turner. “Heavy Crown” received generally positive reviews from critics, who commended Azalea’s delivery on the track, finding it to be superior to that of her earlier songs.
“Heavy Crown” was used as the backing track for the trailer to the 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service. In the week of the album’s release, “Heavy Crown” charted at number 9 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and entered two digital urban subsidiary charts, the Hot Digital R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where it peaked at 37, and the Hot Digital Rap Songs, where it peaked at 23. The track also peaked on the lower ends of the Czech Republic and Slovakian digital singles charts.
“Hanging On” is a song by American singer and songwriter Active Child from his debut studio album, You Are All I See (2011). It was written by Active Child and Ariel Rechtshaid, and produced by Rechtshaid. The song’s music video, directed by T.S. Pfeffer and Robert McHugh, debuted on January 19, 2012. English singer Ellie Goulding covered “Hanging On” in 2012, while Australian alternative rock band Something for Kate included an acoustic cover of the song as a bonus track on the two-disc special edition of their 2012 album Leave Your Soul to Science.
“Guns and Horses” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from her debut album, Lights (2010). The song was released digitally on 16 May 2010 and physically the day after as the album’s third single.
Regarding the meaning behind “Guns and Horses”, Goulding told Sky Songs:
I wrote “Guns And Horses” about a romance that began online hence the lyric ‘you found me, at a screen you sit at permanently’. I wanted the guy to feel more than he did for me but through no fault of his own he couldn’t. It’s a song about frustration essentially. My producer [Starsmith] made me laugh at the end, I can’t repeat what he called me though.
The song was used in the sixth episode of the second season of the American television series Drop Dead Diva, “Begin Again”, originally aired 18 July 2010.
“Goodness Gracious” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from Halcyon Days (2013), the reissue of her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). The song was written by Greg Kurstin, Goulding and Nate Ruess. It was released as the third single from the reissue.
Goulding explained the meaning behind “Goodness Gracious” to Rolling Stone, saying, “I’ve been in situations where I knew someone wasn’t right for me, yet I kept bringing them back”, adding that the song “is about dissing yourself for not thinking straight and not being fair.”
“Flashlight” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding featuring production work from DJ Fresh, released as the fourth single from Fresh’s forthcoming fourth studio album. It was released on 28 September 2014 in the United Kingdom as a single, although it was previously out on Goulding’s album from 2013. The song features English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding and also included as one of the tracks on Goulding’s Halcyon Days (2013), the reissue of her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). The Invisible Men assisted the artists in writing the song.
“Figure 8” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). It was released on 14 December 2012 as the album’s second single. The song was written by Goulding and Jonny Lattimer and produced by MONSTA, with additional production by Mike Spencer. The accompanying music video was directed by W.I.Z. and released on 19 November 2012.
“Figure 8” received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Michael Roffman of Time called it “a defensive track that finds [Goulding] reasoning with her scorched paths”, adding that Mike Spencer’s work with Jamiroquai or Kylie Minogue “injects a scenic quality that bludgeons with cinematic density.” Digital Spy’s Lewis Corner noted the song “continues to explore Ellie’s ascent into womanhood, centering around her experience of being left heartbroken by a former love over a buzzing dubstep bassline that vibrates with a gentle nod to the album’s namesake.”
Sam Lansky of Idolator opined that “Figure 8” “gives the obligatory concession to dubstep, with production by MONSTA serving as effectively, if not more so, than […] Skrillex himself would have done.” Scott Shetler of PopCrush wrote, “Built around piano and electronics, ‘Figure 8’ has a moody vibe that matches its heartbreaking lyrics […] The song was co-produced by Mike Spencer, who also co-produced Alex Clare’s ‘Too Close,’ which has a similar dubstep-inspired chorus beat.” However, in a review of Halcyon, BBC Music’s Ben Hewitt expressed, “Far from showing off her talents, the likes of ‘Figure 8’ and ‘Atlantis’ become bottomless pits filled with heavy-handed knob-twiddling.”
“Explosions” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). Written by Goulding and John Fortis, it was released as a promotional single on iTunes Ireland on 3 August 2012 and on iTunes UK on 1 October 2012, but was removed shortly thereafter on both occasions. In late January 2013, it was announced that the track would be released as the official third single from the album. The official music video premiered on 30 January 2013 and consists of exclusive live footage of Goulding from The Halcyon Days Tour.
“Burn” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from Halcyon Days (2013), the reissue of her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). The song was written by Ryan Tedder, Goulding, Greg Kurstin, Noel Zancanella and Brent Kutzle, while production was handled by Kurstin and vocal production was done by Tedder. It was released on 5 July 2013 as the lead single from the reissue. The song was originally recorded by singer Leona Lewis for her third studio album, Glassheart (2012), but it was ultimately scrapped.
Upon its release, “Burn” was met with a mixed response from music critics, who praised it as “catchy” and noted it as one of Goulding’s most radio-friendly songs to date, while others felt it was not memorable. It earned Goulding her first number-one single on the UK Singles Chart, selling 116,857 copies in its first week and staying atop the chart for three consecutive weeks. The track attained similar success internationally, reaching the top 10 in countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Sweden, as well as number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The accompanying music video was directed by Mike Sharpe and depicts Goulding in an empty field singing and dancing with friends. Goulding promoted the single on several television shows, including The X Factor, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Voice and Late Show with David Letterman. “Burn” was nominated for British Single of the Year and British Video of the Year at the 2014 Brit Awards.
“Beating Heart” is a song recorded by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding for the soundtrack to the film Divergent (2014). The song was written by Goulding and Joe Janiak, and produced by Greg Kurstin. It was released on 9 May 2014 as the second single from the album.
British singer-songwriter Joe Janiak wrote the original version of “Beating Heart” on banjo in 2012. He took inspiration from dropping off his American girlfriend at the London airport, before Goulding heard the song and reworked some of the lyrics. On 23 January 2014, it was confirmed that Goulding’s “Beating Heart” would be included on the soundtrack to the 2014 film Divergent, based on the dystopian novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. According to Divergent director Neil Burger, “We started working on the film with songs from Ellie Goulding’s album Halcyon and soon found that the texture of her music and the tone of her voice matched perfectly with our film.” In an interview with Matt Lauer on the American morning television show Today on 12 March, Goulding said, “I had the song, and I performed it and recorded it, and I had given it to Greg Kurstin to produce it. I didn’t know they were gonna use it for the film, but actually, when I thought about it, I thought it was kind of perfect, and it really suited the whole theme.” The song plays over the end credits of Divergent.
While filming the music video for “Beating Heart”, Goulding told MTV News that the song is about “being away from someone or knowing that you’re always going to have to be apart from someone that you really love.” She added, “And it’s painful, but it’s hopeful because there’s always a chance that they’ll collide again like two people collide. Like the universe will bring them back together. I think the song is basically that. Sort of relying on the fact that if you’re meant to be drawn back together you will be.”
“Anything Could Happen” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding, released as the lead single from her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). Written and produced by Goulding and Jim Eliot of English electropop duo Kish Mauve, the song received positive reviews from music critics. “Anything Could Happen” was a moderate commercial success, peaking at number five on the UK Singles Chart, while charting inside the top five in Poland and the top twenty in Australia, Czech Republic, Ireland and New Zealand. In the United States, the track peaked at number forty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
The accompanying music video was directed by Floria Sigismondi and filmed in Malibu, California. The video depicts Goulding and her on-screen boyfriend getting into a car accident. “Anything Could Happen” was used in the Beats by Dre’s #ShowYourColor campaign commercial and in the trailer for the second season of the HBO series Girls. The song has been covered by the Script, fun. and Fifth Harmony.
“Army” is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from her third studio album, Delirium (2015). The song was released on 9 January 2016 as the album’s second single.
“Army” is written in the key of B major with a tempo of 87 beats per minute. Goulding’s vocals span from B3 to B4. The song was written about Goulding’s best and closest friend, Hannah.
The music video for “Army” was directed by Conor McDonnell and premiered on 14 January 2016. Shot in black and white, the video features Goulding having fun with friends in several settings, as well as performing the song live.