3. "Castle on the Hill"
Channeling the stadium-rock ambition of U2 and the jangly arena-Americana of Mumford & Sons, this Benny Blanco-produced track was one ÷'s first singles. Sheeran described it as "a love song for Suffolk" on BBC's Radio 1, and its fondly nostalgic lyrics about "running from the law through the backfields" and "driving at 90 down those country lanes" bear that declaration out. (The video using students from Sheeran's former high school as its cast does, too.)