🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Ed Sheeran

Somehow doubt this’ll be a Perfect score…

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Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
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Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57

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Only know that Shape Of You song and it’s total shit. He was also really shit in that shitty Yesterday film. I think he’s shit. 1


Kasabian might be liberated from their bottom slot.



No… just no

If I see an Ed Sheeran feature on a record I will stop the album and never listen to it again - cannot stand his voice or his music

Just pure spineless shite.


I shall be scoring Ed a 2, because those acoustic ballads he does that are designed to be wedding first dances and go over montages in teen dramas are incredibly well-executed and actually not that bad. When he tries to do hip hop or anything upbeat though it all falls apart and is utter garbage. Also has possibly the smuggest face in music. I’m feeling generous though and my wife really likes him, so 2 it is.


Really like Lego House and Thinking Out Loud. Don’t know if that’s enough to elevate him to a 2

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It’s not


Yeah there’s really no defending this one.


You know what, it’s very easy to sneer at Ed Sheeran. It’s very easy to make lofty pronouncements about him and enjoy mocking someone that the rest of the world takes such pleasure in.

It’s also great fun! He’s a talentless beige blight on my ears.


I cannot stand his music. It’s like it’s been genetically engineered to be the exact opposite of everything I like and enjoy. Weak voice, really mechanical songwriting and production, and truly some of the worst lyrics in modern music.

Clearly he’s on to something though because he’s sold 26 million albums and I’ve sold about 26.



My most hated song in the world. An absolute abomination on everyone who has heard it and a plague on the houses of everyone involved with it.

The main problem is the entire “I don’t need a band and I didn’t go to University, I was homeless” interview he did with, maybe, Time someone will probably find it, it was just weird.

Obvs 1 if I could I’d minus him into the Sun.


I feel a bit bad dunking him a 1 because I don’t actually hate him as much as other 1s but he can’t be a2

Accidentally made him throw up in a bush at Hannah’s birthday party. 1.


Seems like a nice guy. Ballads inoffensive pap. Don’t understand why he’s somehow the face of UK hip hop or whatever and don’t plan to investigate. Altogether a shrug and a one… except, Castle on a Hill is a fucking banger, so a two for that.

Laura Snapes’ review of ÷ for Pitchfork is by far the best thing I’ve ever read on Ed, it articulated why I dislike him so much far better than I ever could.

He’s totally, insidiously shit. 1.


He can obviously write a tune (once you’ve heard that little calypso melody from Shape of You once you’re never going to forget it), the stuff he does with a delay pedal is clever if not original and nice though it would be to chalk his success up to canny marketing and craven opportunism he’s clearly where he is due to talent first and foremost.

That said I find him and the persona he’s built for himself in his music and in public to be deeply, deeply sinister. His musical message seems alternate between “of course you chose him, I am but a poor boy with a guitar and a song in his heart” and “now I’m really successful I bet you wish you hadn’t rejected me”. Neither is a new attitude in music but he’s made an absolute fortune slathering on a nice guy veneer and repackaging some deeply creepy shit for a new generation. Other people have written this same stuff far more succinctly and eloquently than I ever could but once you’ve heard it you realise how pervasive this attitude is through his music.

In the nice guy world, the object of affection, usually a woman, but sometimes, as in hit songs by Paramore or Taylor Swift, a dude, isn’t really a person. They’re a prize that the narrator thinks they’ve already won for being such a swell person and not like the rest of the jerks.

He also wrote the lyric “up and coming like I’m fucking in an elevator”, which even without the stuff above would stick him squarely on the train to onesville. Shit music, creepy little man. 1/5.


It’s crazy how successful he’s become by sounding like the JCB Song and how popular that divide album was although it feels like his popularity has peaked a little now. I agree about his persona being very calculated although I think it could be more his management than him.

Feel like he’s the last great joke of the patriarchal establishment in pop music. With pure pop becoming more and more culturally, ethically and gender diverse, and all the better for it, it’s as if someone said, let’s make the whitest, blandest, most nondescript British pub singer on the planet its biggest star. Just to show em. Just cos we can. Fuck it, let’s call him an “urban music” star. We’ll call him one of black music’s biggest names. And people will buy it. They always buy it. We have found the lowest common denominator. The lowest common denominator is Ed Sheeran. Playing at bars all over the world, in-between regaeton, trap, South African house, there’s this fucking guy. Everywhere. Just him and a guitar and a loop pedal and he’ll spew out egregious shit wherever he goes, chasing numbers and sales and the bottom line with every calculated move and fucking nursery rhyme melody. It’s a joke right, it has to be be a joke?

-800/5. Utter, utter bilge.