Released: 18th May 2014.
Released last year as Sam Smith's third single from his debut studio album 'In the Lonely Hour', "Stay with Me" was produced by James Napier and William Phillips, and co-penned by Smith. Due to the similarities between the song and Tom Petty's 1989 single "I Won't Back Down", Petty and Jeff Lynne received credit as co-writers.
Despite being a pop song, "Stay with Me" features elements of soul and gospel. It could be described as a slow-burning heartbreaking song. The song is quite addictive due to its tortured lyrics, about the day after a one-night stand is over and the protagonist is wishing the person was still laying next to him. Smith's vocals are played over a soft-focus piano melody.
All of these characteristics contributed not only for the the nominations for the song (Darkchild remix) at the 57th Grammy Awards, held early this year, but also for the awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Regarding the charts, it was a worldwide success peaking at #1 in various countries. It's easily one of the best songs of 2014 as the casual listener can attest to.