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Miracle (Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding song)

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"Miracle"
Single by Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding
Released10 March 2023 (2023-03-10)
RecordedJanuary 2023
Genre
Length3:06
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Calvin Harris
  • Burns
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"New to You"
(2022)
"Miracle"
(2023)
"Desire"
(2023)
Ellie Goulding singles chronology
"Like a Saviour"
(2023)
"Miracle"
(2023)
"By the End of the Night"
(2023)
Music video
"Miracle" on YouTube

"Miracle" is a song by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris featuring English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding. It was released as a single on 10 March 2023 through Columbia Records and Sony Music UK. It is a trance song inspired by Eurodance and techno that uses piano and synths in its production.

The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Dance Recording at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, Harris' first nomination since 2018 and Goulding's first since 2016. It was also nominated for the Brit Award for Song Of The Year at the Brit Awards 2024 and won the Most Played Song Award at the Global Awards 2024.

Background

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Before the release of "Miracle", Scottish DJ Calvin Harris and English pop singer Ellie Goulding had released two collaborations: "I Need Your Love" in 2012 and "Outside" in 2014.[1] Harris later texted Goulding, asking her to collaborate with him on "Miracle".[2] On 12 January 2023, Harris posted a picture of him and Goulding together in a recording studio.[3] Goulding first performed parts of the song a cappella inside St Bartholomew-the-Great which was uploaded on TikTok by both artists.[4]

According to Harris, creating the song took him back to his early producing days in the late 1990s, having taken "bits from that" and putting it "in a new context". He chose Goulding as the vocalist, citing her "angelic voice" and calling her the only one capable of delivering the vocals on the song.[5]

Release

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Miracle was released alongside an animated lyric video.[6] A music video for "Miracle" was released on 24 March 2023, depicting Goulding in a crown and being circled by dancers and lasers.[7] Dutch DJ Hardwell's big room trance remix of "Miracle" was premiered during his headlining performance at Ultra Music Festival in March 2023 before it was officially released on 14 April 2023.[8][9] A house remix of "Miracle" by Mau P was released on 21 April 2023.[10]

Performances

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During his headlining performance at Coachella in April 2023, Harris brought out Goulding as a guest for their first live performance of "Miracle".[11][12] Harris also performed "Miracle" as the closer for his set during Primavera Sound in Barcelona in June 2023.[13]

Ellie Goulding performed "Miracle" at American Idol's Season 21 grand finale stage in May 2023.[14] Goulding included "Miracle" in the setlist for her UK and European Higher Than Heaven Tour dates.[15]

Composition

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"Miracle" is an uptempo, 1990s- and early 2000s-inspired[5] trance song[16][17] with inspiration from techno[7] and a Eurodance-inspired beat[18] combined with "ethereal" piano,[19] "glittering", "repetitive" synths, heavy bass, a "soft" organ, and fast kick drums in its production.[5][20] Goulding sings with "soft-tinged" vocals on the song.[21] Rolling Stone, in their list of the one-hundred best songs of 2023, called the collaboaration "another electropop smash" and "a psychelic EDM hit".[22]

Critical reception

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Billboard's Katie Bain and The Sunday Times both described the song as reminiscent of record producer Robert Miles' work.[17][23] Tom Breihan of Stereogum wrote that there was "nothing particularly inventive" about "Miracle", but that "you might have a good time with [it]" if "you have any room in your heart for absolute cheeseball dance jams".[24] Vogue's Liam Hess called the song "fiendishly addictive".[25] Of "Miracle", Tyler Golsen of Far Out wrote, "Vibrant, maximalist, and just the right amount of cheesy, 'Miracle' is undeniably catchy, if not a bit rote," also writing that it was "certainly not a revelation".[26] For The Music, Emma Whines called the song's hook "a true standout".[20]

Year-end lists

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Select year-end rankings of "Miracle"
Publication List Rank Ref.
Rolling Stone The 100 Best Songs of 2023
93

Music video

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Commercial performance

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"Miracle" debuted at number three on the UK Singles Chart for the week dated 17 March 2023. It was Goulding's 12th and Harris' 29th top-10 hit on the chart and their highest-charting collaboration.[27] The song also made Goulding the British female solo artist with the most entries on the chart overall.[25] It reached number one three weeks later, giving Harris his 11th chart-topping single and Goulding her fourth. This gave Harris the eighth most number-ones on the chart of any artist, surpassing Eminem and Elton John, and Goulding the third most number-ones of any British female artist, behind Jess Glynne and Cheryl.[28] In its second week at number one, Goulding's album Higher Than Heaven also debuted atop the UK Albums Chart, marking the first time Goulding simultaneously had a number-one single and album.[29] "Miracle" stayed atop the chart for eight non-consecutive weeks, becoming Goulding's longest-running number-one and tying "One Kiss", which also held at number one for eight weeks, as Harris' longest-running number one on the chart.[30][16]

Track listing

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Charts

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Certifications

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Certifications for "Miracle"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[97] 2× Platinum 140,000
Austria (IFPI Austria)[98] Gold 15,000
Belgium (BEA)[99] Platinum 40,000
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[100] Platinum 90,000
France (SNEP)[101] Platinum 200,000
Hungary (MAHASZ)[102] 2× Platinum 8,000
Italy (FIMI)[103] Gold 50,000
Poland (ZPAV)[104] Platinum 50,000
Portugal (AFP)[105] Gold 5,000
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[106] Platinum 60,000
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[107] 2× Platinum 40,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[108] 2× Platinum 1,200,000
United States (RIAA)[109] Gold 500,000
Streaming
Greece (IFPI Greece)[110] Gold 1,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
Streaming-only figures based on certification alone.

Release history

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Release dates and formats for "Miracle"
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 10 March 2023 [17]
United States 6 June 2023 Contemporary hit radio [111]

See also

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References

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