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Background and releaseEdit
"Thinking Out Loud" was the last song written for the album and it is also Sheeran's favourite. Written about Sheeran's then-current girlfriend after the recording sessions with Rick Rubin were over, it is a "soul" song, and Sheeran "pinned as the 'walking down the aisle' song". He described it as "the only happy song on the album", and he wrote it in his kitchen.
In a Billboard track-by-track review, writer Jason Lipshutz stated: The standard track list of "x" ends with a sleek update of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," with Sheeran declaring, "Darling, I will be loving you till we're 70!" His voice pushes this bold stab at romance past its sappiest moments, and ends the album on a likeable note." 
"Thinking Out Loud" has topped the chart in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom while reaching the top ten in several other countries including the United States, Canada, Italy, Belgium and Austria. On 2 November 2014, the Official Charts Company announced that "Thinking Out Loud" topped the UK Singles Chart in its 19th week in the UK Top 40, therefore breaking the record for the longest ascent to number one. The single held pole position in the chart for a single week, being replaced by Cheryl's "I Don't Care". The song returned to the top of the UK Singles Chart on 7 December 2014, five weeks after it first reached number one. On its return to number one, it also became the first song in UK chart history to peak at number one due to streaming. It has claimed the record for the most streams in a single week, overtaking Mr. Probz's single, "Waves", with over 1,638,000 streams. In the week of its return to the top spot, the song had been streamed 1,672,000 times. In the US, it became Sheeran's highest charting single to date, reaching number 6 after the performance on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014.
Sheeran performed the song on 26 October 2014, in the third live results show of series 11 of The X Factor. He also performed it on November 9, 2014 at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Sheeran also performed the song as a special guest at The Voice's live finale on 16 December 2014. Furthermore, Sheeran performed the track on the Christmas Special of The Jonathan Ross Show on December 20, 2014.
On October 7, 2014, a music video was released for the song. It features Sheeran and his ballroom partner Brittany Cherry dancing. After only sixteen hours, the video hit 2,000,000 views on YouTube, and currently has over 1B views.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||2|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||1|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||1|
|South Africa (EMA)||1|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||2|
|US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)||26|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||1|
|US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)||1|
|US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)||7|
|US Latin Airplay (Billboard)||44|
|US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)||29|
|US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)||1|
|US Rhythmic (Billboard)||14|