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Single by Ed Sheeran
from the album +
Released17 February 2012
FormatDigital download
Producer(s)Jake Gosling
Ed Sheeran singles chronology
"Small Bump"
Music video
"Drunk" on YouTube

"Drunk" is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was released as the fourth single lifted from the debut studio album + on 17 February 2012.[1] The song was written by Ed Sheeran and Jake Gosling and produced by Gosling. The single entered the UK Singles Chart at number 63. The week after, it climbed to number 29. Later on, it climbed to number 9, making it his fourth top ten single.


On 14 January 2012, Ed Sheeran announced on Twitter that his single, "Drunk" would be released as the fourth single from his debut album + saying "So my next single is Drunk, I got 2 music videos coming for you..... :)".[2] The official music video, released on 23 January 2012 features a cat who takes Ed out and gets him drunk to distract him from a break-up. The girl in the video is Nina Nesbitt. This happens to be his first music video that he fully starred in. Another video was released several days before made by his cousin. The music video featured a mash up of clips from his UK tour.

Live performances[edit]

Sheeran performed the song live for The Graham Norton Show on 27 January 2012.[3] He performed the single live on 25 February 2012 on Let's Dance for Sport Relief.[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video was released for the song on 20 January 2012 with Nina Nesbitt and currently has over 96 million views on YouTube.[5] The video, written and directed by Saman Kesh, starts with Sheeran coming home and sitting down on the couch, depressed. As he opens a can of beer, he notices his cat talking to him. Together they drink beer and do various activities, and later they go to a pub. Sheeran and his cat are kicked out when a person takes a photo of Sheeran and his cat starts a fight with that person. They bring several women and cats home to party and Sheeran starts hallucinating from his intoxication. The video ends with Sheeran waking up on the same couch with his cat next to him and a can of beer on the table. Throughout the video, Sheeran continues to have flashbacks of a particular woman and looks depressed immediately after, implying that she is Sheeran's ex-girlfriend who recently broke up with him.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[1]
1."Drunk" (Rudimental Remix)4:42
2."Drunk" (Doctor P Remix)3:46
3."Drunk" (Lazy Jay's Wasted In London Remix)5:18
4."Drunk" (Lazy Jay's Rave-O-Lution Remix)5:00
5."Drunk" (Jayglo Remix)4:31
CD single[citation needed]
2."Drunk" (Rudimental Remix)3:46
3."Drunk" (Doctor P Remix)5:18
4."Drunk" (Lazy Jay's Wasted In London Remix)5:00
5."Drunk" (Lazy Jay's Rave-o-Lution Dub)4:42
7" vinyl
2."Drunk" (Rudimental Remix)4:42

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals – Ed Sheeran
  • Producers – Jake Gosling
  • Lyrics – Ed Sheeran, Jake Gosling
  • Label – Warner Music Group



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[18] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Gold 40,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[20] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 500,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[23] Gold 900,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 17 February 2012[1] Digital download Warner
Italy 29 June 2012[24] Airplay


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  3. ^ "BBC One - The Graham Norton Show, Series 10, Episode 12". BBC.
  4. ^ "BBC One - Let's Dance for Sport Relief, 2012, Episode 2". BBC.
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  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  13. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201216 into search. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Ed Sheeran Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  16. ^ "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 - 2012". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  19. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Ed Sheeran – Drunk". Music Canada. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  20. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Ed Sheeran – Drunk". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  21. ^ "British single certifications – Ed Sheeran – Drunk". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 May 2017. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Drunk in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Ed Sheeran – Drunk". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 24 March 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  23. ^ "Certificeringer – Ed Sheeran – Drunk" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  24. ^ "EarOne - Radio Date, le novità musicali della settimana". EarOne.

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