Why Ellie Goulding Would Master “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”

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If you’re familiar with the voice of Ellie Goulding then you may have a premonition for what this headline infers. Goulding’s voice has a depth and range to it unparalleled in the music industry. Her countless original songs are mainstays in the auditory canals of her ardent fans. Hits such as Lights, Burn, On My Mind and Love Me Like You Do are some of the most recognizable tunes in the airways today. The latter was co-written by Iranian born music producer Ali Payami. Goulding’s voice on its own projects powerfully. What makes her music special is that many of her songs are mixed with synthesized sounds that add even greater harmony. Singing without any synthesized background music, Ellie Goulding’s voice still illuminates. A rendition of Goulding’s Lights sung in Acoustic On Air with Ryan Seacrest demonstrates the power of her voice in a raw, unvarnished, and unplugged format.

It is during these acoustic versions of Goulding’s songs that one truly appreciates the range of her intonation. If her vociferation on its own can carry a song then what if there is synthesized music to go with it ? That is why her songs have been used for countless promos and highlight reels. During the ESPYs several years ago it was Goulding’s Anything Could Happen that made the sports highlights it accompanied even more magical.

Goulding’s acclaimed voice also makes a listener wonder how it would do to cover existing music. One such song that stands out that would benefit with a Goulding rendition is “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” No disrespect to Mike Posner who delivers a poignant original version. But the same song by Goulding could make it even more prevailing. The delicacy of Posner’s voice is appealing, but the sound and projectability of a Goulding rendition would be unmatched.