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"How Long Will I Love You" was covered by English recording artist Ellie Goulding for Halcyon Days (2013), the reissue of her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). The song was released on 10 November 2013 as the second single from the reissue, also serving as the official song for BBC Children in Need 2013 appeal.[1][2] It is also included on the soundtrack to the 2013 Richard Curtis film About Time and in the Roger Michell short film Tom & Issy.[3]

Goulding performed "How Long Will I Love You" live in the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show on BBC One on 15 November 2013.[1]

Commercial performance

"How Long Will I Love You" debuted at number 192 on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 7 September 2013. On the chart dated 23 November 2013, the song jumped from number 117 to number three, selling 82,872 copies.[4]

Music video


Premiere date: Sep 9, 2013
Director(s): Mike Sharpe
Stylist(s): Felix Treacy
Choreographer: ?

Jake Scott, DoP

The music video for "How Long Will I Love You" was directed by Mike Sharpe and released on 9 September 2013.[3][5] The video shows Goulding walking along a beach,[6] intercut with footage from About Time.[5] However, this version was later removed from Ellie's VEVO Youtube account.

A second music video premiered on Goulding's official Vevo channel on 28 October 2013, and contains scenes from the short film Tom & Issy, directed by Roger Michell and starring Goulding and Dylan Edwards.[7][8] The video was shot entirely on a Nokia Lumia 1020.[8][9]


About Time Version


Tom & Issy Version


How long will I love you?
As long as stars above you
And longer, if I can.
How long will I need you?
As long as the seasons need to
Follow their plan.

How long will I be with you?
As long as the sea is bound to
Wash upon the sand.

How long will I want you?
As long as you want me too
And longer by far.
How long will I hold you?
As long as your father told you,
As long as you can.

How long will I give to you?
As long as I live through you
However long you say.

How long will I love you?
As long as stars above you
And longer, if I may.


Chart (2013) Peak
ARIA Charts (Australia) 46
Flanders 3
Wallonia Tip 10
Billboardeurodigital 4
Ireland 3
New Zealand 6
Scotland 2
Slovakia 22
Switzerland 63
Official Charts Company (UK) 3

Release history

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 30 October 2013[10] Mainstream radio Polydor Records
10 November 2013[11] Digital download


Vocals Ellie Goulding
Guitar Nick Cornu
Bass, keyboards, production John Fortis
Engineering, mixing Richard Kayvan
Engineering Joe Kearns
Piano Chris Ketley
Engineering, percussion Ashley Krajewski
Cello Rachel Lander
Viola, violin Kirsty Mangan
Published by ® 2013 Polydor Ltd. (UK)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ellie Goulding releases official single for BBC Children in Need". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008dk4b/profiles/cin-single-2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  2. "'How Long Will I Love You' – Official BBC Children In Need Single". elliegoulding.com. 7 October 2013. http://elliegoulding.com/newsitems/how-long-will-i-love-you-official-bbc-children-in-need-single/. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Watch 'How Long Will I Love You' Video". elliegoulding.com. 9 September 2013. http://elliegoulding.com/newsitems/watch-how-long-will-i-love-you-video/. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  4. Jones, Alan (18 November 2013). "Official Charts Analysis: Lady Gaga hits No.1 with 65k sales". Music Week. Intent Media. http://www.musicweek.com/businessanalysis/read/official-charts-analysis-lady-gaga-hits-no-1-with-65k-sales/056769. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Brown, Jimmy (10 September 2013). "Ellie Goulding 'How Long Will I Love You' by Mike Sharpe". Promo News. http://www.promonews.tv/videos/2013/09/10/ellie-goulding-how-long-will-i-love-you-mike-sharpe. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  6. Copsey, Robert (9 September 2013). "Ellie Goulding unveils 'About Time' movie song video". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a513900/ellie-goulding-unveils-about-time-movie-song-video.html. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  7. "'How Long Will I Love You' Video". elliegoulding.com. 28 October 2013. http://elliegoulding.com/newsitems/how-long-will-i-love-you-video/. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 McGovern, Kyle (31 October 2013). "Ellie Goulding Shills for Nokia in Charity Single Video 'How Long Will I Love You'". Spin. http://www.spin.com/articles/ellie-goulding-how-long-will-i-love-you-video-nokia-charity/. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  9. Willans, Joel (13 November 2013). "Ellie Goulding stars in amazing Nokia Lumia 1020 music video". Nokia Conversations. http://conversations.nokia.com/2013/11/13/going-gould-ellie-stars-worlds-first-nokia-lumia-1020-music-video/. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  10. "BBC Radio 1 Playlist". BBC Radio 1. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. http://archive.is/wvBoR. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  11. "How Long Will I Love You (Official BBC Children In Need 2013) – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store UK. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/how-long-will-i-love-you-official/id720214556. Retrieved 4 November 2013.

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"Goodness Gracious"
"You My Everything"
"Hearts Without Chains"

"Stay Awake"
(Ellie Goulding & Madeon)
"Under Control"
(Ellie Goulding & DJ Fresh)

Bonus tracks:
"How Long Will I Love You"
"Tessellate [Alt-J cover]"
"Midas Touch"
(Ellie Goulding x BURNS)