1. "Thinking Out Loud"
Sheeran's sumptuous x devotional planted his blue-eyed soul flag, peaked at Number Two on the Hot 100, and won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 2016. Its plainspoken lyrics revel in the idea of togetherness in the short and long term, and it brings together old-school balladry and new-school moxie in a way that resonates across generations. "Van Morrison would have been very proud to write that," Elton John told RS recently. "[Sheeran] reminds me of me when I first came to America, in 1970. It was all systems go. Nothing was impossible."