Never content to rest on his laurels, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has helped write numerous hits for a slew of artists, from squeaky-clean pop acts all the way to brash hip-hop legends and innovative EDM DJs. Noticeably generous with demos and off-cuts from his best-selling solo albums, the echoes of Sheeran’s folk-pop melodies, his R&B leanings and his pop-rap swagger can be heard in many of modern radio’s most-played hits. Undoubtedly establishing himself as one of his generation’s most prolific songwriters, the best songs Ed Sheeran wrote for other artists have only further expanded his ever-growing influence.
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10: Little Mix: Woman Like Me (featuring Nicki Minaj) (2018)
Originally co-written with Jess Glynne for her second album, Always In Between, Ed Sheeran had a hand in writing Little Mix’s US No.2 hit, Woman Like Me. An upbeat dance-pop gem with a reggae-like rhythm, its exuberant melody boasts girl-centric lyrics that hint at self-doubt (“My mama always said, ‘Girl, you’re trouble’/And now I wonder, could you fall for a woman like me?”). “I wrote that song for me with Ed and [producer] Steve Mac,” Glynne remembered. “It just didn’t fit with where the album was going.” Bearing all the hallmarks of a girl-power anthem that would have made Spice Girls proud, when Little Mix expressed an interest in the song, Woman Like Me became The X Factor girl group’s biggest hit from their fifth album, LM5.