Top 10 Ellie Goulding Songs

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"Anything Could Happen" (2012)

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Ellie Goulding's first single from her second album Halcyon is a masterful slice of electropop. In a technical sense it is a breakup song, but the powerful, rousing "I know it's gonna be alright!" leaves the focus on anything but the breakup itself. Ellie Goulding stated that she hoped it would promote "positivity." She told MTV News, "I'm hoping it will make people go out and propose to their girlfriends or go on that holiday they never ended up doing." Production assistance from Jim Eliot of Kish Mauve gives the song the musical heft to match the power in the words. "Anything Could Happen" was a top 5 pop hit in the UK and a #1 dance smash in the US. It was also the song given credit for a major game change by the girl group Fifth Harmony on the second season of X Factor in the US allowing them to finish in the final three in the competition.

"Anything Could Happen" achieved moderate commercial success. It peaked at #5 on the UK pop singles chart and climbed into the top 30 at mainstream pop radio in the US. It was a #1 dance hit in the US. 

The accompanying music video was directed by Floria Sigismondi. She filmed the clip on location in Malibu, California. She said she wanted to do a big, epic video with scenes by the ocean. It is a surrealistic video centering on a couple's car crash. A second music video was released a month later. It is titled the "Ben and Ellie Edit."

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"Lights" (2011)

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"Lights," the song which was the source of Ellie Goulding's US pop breakthrough, was not included in the first UK version of the album of the same name. It was later included in the repackaging of the collection titled Bright Lights in the UK and simply Lights in the US. The song was inspired by Ellie Goulding's own childhood fear of the darkness. It effectively juxtaposes dark lyrics with a more upbeat sound to the music and vocals. "Lights" reached #2 on the US pop singles chart after a more than 30-week chart climb. It also reached #4 at adult pop radio and #1 at mainstream pop radio. The song achieved crossover success reaching the top 40 on the alternative, adult contemporary, and dance charts. Ultimately "Lights" sold more than five million copies in the US earning a five-times-platinum certification for sales.

The accompanying music video was directed by Sophie Muller who is known for her work with female artists including Annie Lennox, Sarah McLachlan, and Gwen Stefani. It shows Ellie Goulding dancing, playing the drums, and playing the tambourine. It also shows her wielding a wide variety of lighting devices.

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"Love Me Like You Do" (2015)

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Ellie Goulding's big, dramatic synth pop song "Love Me Like You Do" was chosen as the first single from the soundtrack to the hit movie Fifty Shades of Grey. It was written and produced by a team headed by Swedish pop mastermind Max Martin. The song became a massive worldwide pop smash going to #1 on pop charts around the world. In the US it climbed to #3. The song reached the top 5 across adult pop, adult contemporary, mainstream pop, and dance music radio. It earned Ellie Goulding her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. The song also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

The "Love Me Like You Do" music video was directed by Georgia Hudson. It depicts Ellie Goulding ballroom dancing with a partner. Those scenes are interspersed with scenes from the film Fifty Shades of Grey. The music video earned a nomination for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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"Burn" (2013)

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Ellie Goulding released "Burn" as a single from her re-release of the Halcyon album titled Halcyon Days. Co-written by Ryan Tedder, the song was originally recorded by Leona Lewis for her album Glassheart, but it didn't make the final track cut. With co-production from Ryan Tedder and Greg Kurstin, Ellie Goulding turned it into an uptempo pop-dance hit that went all the way to #1 on the UK pop singles chart while landing at #13 in the US. It also broke into the top 10 at adult pop and mainstream pop radio while hitting #1 at dance music radio. "Burn" earned nominations for British Single of the Year and British Video of the Year at the Brit Awards. The accompanying music video directed by Mike Sharp is one of the 50 most-watched music videos of all time.

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"Something In the Way You Move" (2016)

Ellie Goulding Something In the Way You Move
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For "Something In the Way You Move," Ellie Goulding worked with producer and songwriter Greg Kurstin who is best known for work with Adele on "Hello" and Sia on her breakthrough "Chandelier." It is an electropop song and describes an attraction that does not end happily. "Something In the Way You Move" served as the second single from the album Delirium. It climbed to the top 10 at adult pop radio and #13 at mainstream pop radio. It also broke into the adult contemporary top 20.

Ellie Goulding released two music videos to support "Something in the Way You Move." The first was directed by Ed Coleman and includes live footage of Ellie Goulding performing in Antwerp, Belgium. The second directed by Emil Nava shows Ellie Goulding dancing and wearing footwear from her own commercial collection.

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"On My Mind" (2015)

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"On My Mind" was released as the lead single from Ellie Goulding's album Delirium. It was co-written and co-produced by Max Martin. Some observers considered it an answer song to Ed Sheeran's "Don't" although Ellie Goulding denied it. The song is one of her most overtly mainstream pop singles. The initial release of the single was delayed due to the massive success of "Love Me Like You Do." "On My Mind" climbed into the top 5 on the UK pop singles chart and peaked at #13 in the US. It reached #1 at adult pop radio and the top 5 on both mainstream pop and dance music radio.

The accompanying music video was directed by Emil Nava and takes inspiration from the film Thelma and Louise. However, in the end, the two women in the video are shown riding off on horses instead of driving a car over a cliff. Ellie Goulding first worked with Emil Nava when she appeared in Calvin Harris' "I Need Your Love" music video.

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"Guns and Horses" (2010)

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With an uptempo beat and skittering sound effects, "Guns and Horses" was the sparkling third single from Ellie Goulding's debut album Lights. It was produced by British musician Starsmith. The words tell the tale of a romance that doesn't quite connect despite the protagonist's determination to "do it all for you." In an interview with the Sky TV network, Ellie Goulding said of "Guns and Horses" that it was, "about a romance that began online...I wanted the guy to feel more than he did for me but through no fault of his own he couldn't." The song reached the top 30 on the UK pop singles chart.

The accompanying music video was directed by Petro and filmed at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. It shows Ellie Goulding walking around a forest finding male and female soldiers and horses.

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"The Writer" (2010)

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"The Writer" is a huge, sweeping rush of a love song. Ellie Goulding says it is one of her most personal and emotional songs she has ever written. Analysis by critics compared the song to the work of Dido and the Cranberries. Released as the fourth single from the initial UK version of the album Lights, it became a top 20 pop hit single in the UK.

The music video for "The Writer" was filmed on location at Happisburgh Lighthouse in Happisburgh, Norfolk, England. The clip shows Ellie Goulding walking around a field and exploring the lighthouse itself.

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"Dead In the Water" (2012)

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For "Dead In the Water," Ellie Goulding strips her sound and emotions bare. A track from Halcyon, her second studio album, it is the only standard track on the collection created with Starsmith, her primary collaborator on the entire first album Lights. Huge washes of electronic sound surround the emotional vocals.

The album Halcyon was a major commercial success. It was Ellie Goulding's first album to reach the top 10 in the US. It earned a gold certification in the US and went all the way to #1 in the UK. Halcyon also reached the top 10 on the album chart in many other countries around the world. Ellie Goulding stated that the album is about a personal journey from dark into light. She said that she didn't intend to write a breakup album, but it became one.

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"Your Song" (2010)

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Ellie Goulding covered Elton John's classic "Your Song," and it provided the soundtrack for a John Lewis department store TV ad campaign in late 2010. The result was a #2 pop smash for Ellie Goulding in the UK. She was subsequently invited to perform "Your Song" for the first dance at the wedding reception of the UK's Prince William and Kate Middleton. Ellie Goulding performed "Your Song" live on Saturday Night Live in May 2011 which helped introduce her to pop audiences in the US. Critics praised her interpretation of the classic song. "Your Song" was Ellie Goulding's highest charting single in the UK until "Burn" went to #1 in 2013.

Elton John's original version of "Your Song" is considered one of the top pop classics of all time. It is also one of the top love songs of all time. It was a top 10 pop hit in the US and is one of his most beloved songs. Elton John's "Your Song" has been named by Rolling Stone as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." It has also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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