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Starry Eyed (Ellie Goulding song)

"Starry Eyed"
B-side "Fighter Plane"
Released 21 February 2010 (2010-02-21)
Format CD single, digital download,
7" single
Recorded 2009
Genre Indie pop, electropop
Length 2:57
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Ellie Goulding, Jonny Lattimer
Producer Starsmith
Ellie Goulding singles chronology

"Under the Sheets"
"Starry Eyed"
"Guns and Horses"

Music video

"Starry Eyed" is a song by English recording artist Ellie Goulding, released as the second single from her debut album, Lights (2010). It was written by Goulding and Jonny Lattimer, and produced by Starsmith. Following the title track, "Starry Eyed" was released as the album's second single in the United States. Goulding made her debut US television performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 7 April 2011 performing this song.[1]

As of August 2013, it has sold 496,278 copies in the UK.[2]


When asked what "Starry Eyed" was about, Goulding told Digital Spy:

"It's about letting go. As opposed to all the sad and depressing things I write about, I decided to write something about the joining together of people in some kind of euphoric state—be it at a festival, at a show or in a club. I wanted a song that would reach out to people of every background and every enjoyment, whether you enjoy a natural high, taking drugs, drinking or whatever. Because I'm essentially a pop artist I wanted to write a song that everyone can relate to."[3]

"Starry Eyed" is featured in the 2010 superhero film Kick-Ass and on its soundtrack.[4] It was also used in an episode of the British television soap opera Hollyoaks in April 2010, as well as during a segment of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in November 2011. The song was also featured in teen dramas such as Teen Wolf and Awkward.

You Me at Six covered the song on the Live Lounge segment of BBC Radio 1's The Jo Whiley Show on 18 May 2010.[5] Their version reached number 104 on the UK Singles Chart for the week of 12 September 2010.[6]

Critical reception

Nick Levine wrote for Digital Spy that the song "manages to be folky, poppy and dancey all at the same time, twinkly but not twee, and otherworldly without losing its universal appeal."[7] NME critic Mark Beaumont cited "Starry Eyed" as one of the album's "spangliest tracks" along with "Under the Sheets", commenting that it "finds Ellie love-struck and breathless [...] to disco diva beats and looped soul wails, sounding like an angelic Cheryl Cole."[8]

Music video

The music video, directed by Ross Cooper and Bugsy Riverbank Steel of OneInThree, was filmed at Finsbury Town Hall in London and released on 20 January 2010.[9][10] It sees Goulding in various costumes and settings of the venue as well as two acrobatic backup dancers dressed in fringe leotards. The video uses a visual styling effect used generally in sporting analysis called StroMotion which created the unique look of Goulding and the dancer's echoes, reverses and reverberations as they dance to the beat of the song.

An alternative version of the video, directed by Dugan O'Neal, was filmed at Painshill Park in Surrey and released on 28 July 2011 for the US market.[11] It features Goulding stargazing in the countyside with her on-screen boyfriend, with special effects used to make stars appear to whirl around her.[12] Goulding is also seen in a Cystal Grotto wearing a yellow dress, sporting blue eye contacts, and dancing around while lip-syncing. Towards the end of the video, Goulding and her boyfriend go to a tree where he places her hand on a tree in front of them, making geometric lines appear on the tree. When she looks back for her boyfriend, he turns around in a hood, and is hollow but filled with the night sky that zooms into, and show Goulding in a yellow dress singing the last part of the song. The American version of the video also features product placement for Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and Mini Cooper, which can both be seen being used by Goulding within the first fifteen seconds of the video.[13]

Track listings


Credits adapted from Lights liner notes.[19]

  • Ellie Goulding – vocals
  • Seye Adelekan – acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Clarke – photography
  • Naweed – mastering
  • Starsmith – bass, drum programming, keyboards, producer
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing
  • Traffic – design


Release history

Region Date Label Format
United Kingdom 21 February 2010[15] Polydor Records Digital download
22 February 2010[14] CD single, 7" single
Germany 23 April 2010[17] Universal Music Digital download
7 May 2010[16] CD single
United States 15 February 2011[18] Cherrytree Records, Interscope Records Digital download


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