Brit singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding made a splash when she found international success with the hit single "Lights," grabbing attention from all corners of the world. While U.S. radio may not eat up all of her singles, she's found great success in touring her songs and posting pictures of her adventures to social media as she goes. Starting from a blend of fresh pop and electronic music, Goulding became obsessed with electronic music and takes the time to make it mean something versus just another formulaic composition to make a quick buck. These songs show she's not only good at her craft, but she's here to stay.
One of the unique things about Ellie Goulding's voice is her "cathedral" like oos and ahhs. Taken from her debut album Bright Lights, "This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)" is sonically both gentle on the ear and melodramatic, singing of a love not right. "I don't think you know me much at all... This love is be and end all/ This love will be your downfall," she sings of being down about what's happening before her.
9. "Wish I Stayed"
Another gem taken from Bright Lights, Ellie is missing home after leaving for the city. It's the simple things of the countryside that she's reminiscing about. "With that skipping rope, the trampoline/ The crafty smoke that made us choke/ But we didn't give up hope" brings memories of where she came from.
8. "Beating Heart"
The song is included on the Divergent soundtrack. The director Neil Burger said in a statement, "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." So the song originally written by Joe Janiak on a banjo was somewhat reworked lyrically by Goulding and produced by Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, P!nk), yet again proving he focuses on the life of the song and just a typical formula producers carry.
7. "My Blood"
Taken from her sophomore set Halcyon, "My Blood" is captivating from the start and even reminds of Adele in parts along a pounding drum singing "And God knows I'm not dying but I bleed now/ And God knows it's the only way to heal now/ With all the blood I lost with you/ It drowns the love I thought I knew."
Released as the lead single from Halcyon, Ellie admitted during the making of the video that she sort of talks about pieces of her childhood. The video depicts a couple getting into a car crash. Goulding hoped the song would inspire people to never waste a moment because well, anything could happen.
5. "The Ending"
As a bonus track on Halcyon, "The Ending" starts out with a piano riff and soon turns into the light dubstep sound she's experimented with while exploring the possibilities of electronic music. Though only an extra track, it could have fit into the standard tracklisting and added an extra highlight to the sessions.
4. "All I Want"
Performed on BBC Radio, "All I Want" is a song Ellie Goulding covered originally by Kodaline. She took a guitar led gut wrenching anthem and turned it into an even bigger heartbreaking song stripping it down to just an acoustic guitar and haunting vocals. Covers can often end badly but Goulding did the song justice like it was the first time it was recorded.
3. "Goodness Gracious"
Written by Kurstin, Goulding and Nate Ruess of band Fun., "Goodness Gracious" is about knowing someone is not right for you but still going back to the relationship. It may be a song of screwing up going back to a failing liaison but the video is majestical and bursting with colour. It was released on the re-release Halcyon Days as a standalone EP or combined with Halcyon.
2. "Under Control"
Also taken from the reissue, "Under Control" is about empowerment, feeling again, breathing and seeing things clearer "like a car into the night." It's another mid-tempo dramatic song by Goulding that expands on her creative vision.
Ellie's songs are fitting for soundtracks, the texture and tonal qualities of her voice. "Mirror" was included on the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack and starts off slow but again, her cooing comes in and sets the song up for a climax of beats and stands out as one of Goulding's classic tracks.