This Rate (Will Be My Downfall) - The Ellie Goulding rate (WINNER ANNOUNCED - I'M FREE)

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Ladies and gentlemen (and any non-binary hunties out there), allow me to take you on a journey…

The year is 2009 and I, a chubby music obsessive and avid NME reader living in South London, am perusing the iTunes app on my iPod Touch. As I’m scrolling through the ‘featured’ section I am struck by the angelic image of an ethereal goddess; she has fried bottle blonde hair with a 2007 side-fringe, pursed lips and a slightly masculine, yet striking, chin. It turns out I was staring at a future star by the name of Elena Jane Goulding, better known as Ellie Goulding.

Naturally, curiosity lead me to purchase her EP, creatively titled 'Introduction to Ellie Goulding', essentially a collection of acoustic and live tracks. I listened this EP profusely in the hours following, in particular a track called ‘I Wish I Stayed’ and just like that, I was absolutely hooked.

7(!) years on and Ellie Goulding is one of the UK’s most recognizable pop stars, with 2 incredibly strong albums under her belt (and Delirium). I listened through her discography in preparation and it really dawned upon me how many BOPS she has crafted during her career, and how strong a debut Lights was and how incredible an artistic achievement Halcyon was, especially considering its commercial success. I hope the mixed response to Delirium won’t deter fans of her earlier work from participating, because it really isn’t that bad.

Music aside, Ellie is low-key iconic; rumors of her being a sociopathic man-eater (queen), hilariously messy live TV performances, her recent anti-climate change activism (ha Hopelessness is COMING), dance moves that would embarrass Taylor and, of course, some epic gifs.

Rules
This is my first rate, so I'm just going to keep it simple:
  • The typical scoring range remains (on a scale of 0-10, decimals allowed), plus one 11 for your favourite track.
  • Troll scores (only if you give a ridiculous amount of zeros) will be discarded. But I will be fair because I know that some of these songs are…questionable.
  • Commentary is highly encouraged if you want to give a track a 0-2 or a 10/11. Basically, if you want to give a song an ~extreme~ score, I trust that you at least have something to say about it. For example, if you really hate Burn, I want to know why, and if you live for Lights (Single Version), tell me why you love it. It can be just one word, or an essay, whatever you see fit.

That’s a fair ask, right? If anyone seriously objects to this rule then PM me. It’s just a way of getting commentary for the more provocative songs.

I got rid of most of the extras (there were like 20 or so, but I wanted to get to the meat of the rate quicker), if there is a certain song you feel is missing, let me know and I will add it.

The voting closes on the 12th of December at 11.59PM GMT, reveals will then hopefully start the following day, the pace will be rapid (3 or so a day) until we get to the top 40, with the exception of singles, or songs I really like (kii).

Oh and if you only like her first two albums, I encourage you to bite the bullet and put the Delirium songs on shuffle, because they are much better that way. Plus they really aren’t that bad.

Happy Voting!
 
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Bright Lights

Youtube - Spotify

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1. Guns and Horses
2. Starry Eyed
3. This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)
4. Under The Sheets
5. The Writer
6. Every time You Go
7. Wish I Stayed
8. Your Biggest Mistake
9. I’ll Hold My Breath
10. Salt Skin
11. Lights (Single Version)
12. Human
13. Little Dreams
14. Home
15. Animal
16. Believe Me
17. Your Song
18. The End

Halcyon Days

Youtube - Spotify

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1. Don’t Say a Word
2. My Blood
3. Anything Could Happen
4. Only You
5. Halcyon
6. Figure 8
7. Joy
8. Hanging On
9. Explosions
10. I Know You Care
11. Atlantis
12. Dead in The Water
13. I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
14. Hanging On – feat. Tinie Tempah
15. Lights (lol)
16. Ritual
17. In My City
18. Without Your Love
19. Burn
20. Goodness Gracious
21. You My Everything
22. Hearts Without Chains
23. Stay Awake – Ellie Goulding & Madeon
24. Under Control
25. Flashlight – Ellie Goulding & DJ Fresh
26. How Long Will I Love You
27. Tessellate [Alt-J cover]
28. Midas Touch – Ellie Goulding x BURNS
29. The Ending

Delirium

Youtube - Spotify

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1. Intro (Delirium) (rate as part of Aftertaste)
2. Aftertaste
3. Something in The Way You Move
4. Keep On Dancin'
5. On My Mind
6. Around U
7. Codes
8. Holding On for Life
9. Love Me Like You Do
10. Don't Need Nobody
11. Don't Panic
12. We Can't Move to This
13. Army
14. Lost and Found
15. Devotion
16. Scream It Out
17. The Greatest
18. I Do What I Love
19. Paradise
20. Winner
21. Heal
22. Outside
23. Let It Die
24. Two Years Ago

Extras
Beating Heart
Bittersweet
Capture the Flag
Choosing Dauntless
Fighter Plane
Here’s To Us
Mirror
Roscoe
Still Falling For You
Wonderman (Tinie Tempah feat. Ellie Goulding)

PM-able list (with suggested breakpoints)
Bright Lights
Guns and Horses
Starry Eyed
This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)
Under The Sheets
The Writer
Every time You Go
Wish I Stayed
Your Biggest Mistake
I’ll Hold My Breath
Salt Skin
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Lights (Single Version)
Human
Little Dreams
Home
Animal
Believe Me
Your Song
The End

Halcyon Days
Don’t Say a Word
My Blood
Anything Could Happen
Only You
Halcyon
Figure 8
Joy
Hanging On
Explosions
I Know You Care
Atlantis
Dead in The Water
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I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
Hanging On – feat. Tinie Tempah
Ritual
In My City
Without Your Love
Burn
Goodness Gracious
You My Everything
Hearts Without Chains
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Stay Awake – Ellie Goulding & Madeon
Under Control
Flashlight – Ellie Goulding & DJ Fresh
How Long Will I Love You
Tessellate [Alt-J cover]
Midas Touch – Ellie Goulding x BURNS
The Ending


Delirium
Aftertaste
Something in The Way You Move
Keep On Dancin'
On My Mind
Around U
Codes
Holding On for Life
Love Me Like You Do
Don't Need Nobody
Don't Panic
We Can't Move to This
Army
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Lost and Found
Devotion
Scream It Out
The Greatest
I Do What I Love
Paradise
Winner
Heal
Outside
Let It Die
Two Years Ago


Extras
Beating Heart
Bittersweet
Capture The Flag
Choosing Dauntless
Fighter Plane
Here’s To Us
Mirror
Roscoe
Still Falling For You
Wonderman (Tinie Tempah feat. Ellie Goulding)
 
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Eliminations:

1. My Blood - 9.43
2. Lost and Found - 9.14
3. This Love (Will Be Your Downfall) - 9.07
4. Goodness Gracious - 9
5. Lights (Single Version) - 8.97
6. Figure 8 - 8.81
7. Anything Could Happen - 8.69
8. Something In The Way You Move - 8.68
9. Under The Sheets - 8.65
10. Codes - 8.41

11. Little Dreams - 8.25
12. Salt Skin - 8.23
13. Guns and Horses - 8.22
14. Only You - 8.21
15. Human - 8.18
16. Love Me Like You Do - 8.07
17. Here's To Us - 8.052
18. Hanging On - 8.050
19. Starry Eyed - 8.04
20. Don't Panic - 7.95

21. Your Biggest Mistake - 7.93
22. Halcyon - 7.91
23. Atlantis - 7.90
24. Wish I Stayed - 7.89
25. The Writer - 7.83
26. Dead In The Water - 7.80
27. Animal - 7.753
28. Explosions - 7.75
29. Under Control - 7.70
30. Still Falling For You - 7.67
31. Aftertaste - 7.65
32. Believe Me - 7.61
33. Every Time You Go - 7.6
34. Devotion - 7.55
35. Home - 7.51
36. I'll Hold My Breath - 7.47
37. Beating Heart - 7.42
38. Don't Need Nobody - 7.38
39. Ritual - 7.36
40. Keep On Dancin' - 7.35

42. (TIE) Don't Say A Word - 7.34
42. (TIE) Joy - 7.34
43. You My Everything - 7.2
45. (TIE) Outside – Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding - 7.16
45. (TIE) I Know You Care - 7.16
46. Army - 7.149
47. Hearts Without Chains - 7.146
48. Stay Awake – Ellie Goulding & Madeon - 7.086
49. Paradise - 7.084
50. In My City - 7.082
51. Without Your Love - 7.00
52. On My Mind - 6.994
53. I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding - 6.990
54. Holding On For Life - 6.95
55. Mirror - 6.83
56. The Ending - 6.82
57. Two Years Ago - 6.73
58. Your Song - 6.72
59. Let It Die - 6.67
60. Bittersweet - 6.654

61. Heal - 6.650
62. Burn - 6.60
63. Around U - 6.56
64. Scream It Out - 6.5
65. Midas Touch (feat. BURNS) - 6.31
66. The Greatest - 6.29
67. The End - 6.26
68. Wonderman (Tinie Tempah feat. Ellie Goulding) - 6.20
69. Hanging On feat. Tinie Tempah - 6.162
70. Tessellate [Alt-J cover] - 6.160
71. Fighter Plane - 6.09
72. Winner - 6.08
73. How Long Will I Love You - 6.02
74. Roscoe - 5.82
75. We Can't Move To This - 5.73
76. Flashlight – Ellie Goulding & DJ Fresh - 5.18
77. Choosing Dauntless - 4.88
78. Capture The Flag - 4.81
79. I Do What I Love - 3.27
 
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This is going to be so much fun. For all the flack she gets and for all the shit she's put out, she has released a lot of great music aswell. Delirium isn't perfect, but it does have its fair share of good stuff. I mean, Something in the Way You Move, Keep on Dancin' and Lost and Found...
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I'm not familiar with two first album at all ( Except Burn ) ! But I listened to first half of the Delirium when it came out , and I liked it ! So i'll try this after Nicki's rate !
 
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I'll definitely be participating. I don't know a ton of the extras and I don't really stan for her music, but there are a good amount of amazing songs in her discography. My 11 is between Atlantis, Outside, and Lost And Found. I likely won't have much to say as far as commentary other than the good chunk of songs that I listen to regularly.
 

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