"Rolling In the Deep" is the song that turned Adele into a pop superstar in the US. Fusing elements of pop, blues, disco, and gospel, it is a song that is without specific genre. Consequently, "Rolling In the Deep" set a Billboard record for appearing on more different genre radio charts than any other song. "Rolling In the Deep" was released as the first single from Adele's second album 21. It has sold nearly six million copies in the US alone and spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. "Rolling In the Deep" has been nominated for Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Adele says that she wrote "Someone Like You" when she was exhausted from writing angry songs about her broken relationship. She wrote it to feel OK with herself about the two years in the relationship. Adele performed "Someone Like You" live at the Brit Awards in February 2011 and nearly broke down in tears at the end. The performance was lauded with praise and the song nearly instantly went to the top of the UK pop singles chart. In August of 2011 Adele performed the song live at the MTV Music Awards and it had similar chart impact in the US climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.
"Chasing Pavements" became Adele's breakthrough pop hit in the UK hitting #2 on the pop singles chart. Later, the song became Adele's first chart hit in the US peaking at #21 and ultimately being certified platinum for sales. "Chasing Pavements" was nominated for Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Adele won the Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal. The accompanying music video received acclaim for its unique dancing on the pavement.
"Turning Tables" was co-written by Adele with Ryan Tedder. It was produced by Jim Abbiss who is best known for producing the first Arctic Monkeys album. "Turning Tables" was written following a confrontation between Adele and her ex-lover. Despite having no official single release, the song charted at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Adele was hesitant to accept the assignment to perform the next James Bond theme song. However, after she and producer/songwriter Paul Epworth ("Rolling In the Deep") completed "Skyfall," she said it was a fun experience. The pair looked back at such classic James Bond themes as "Goldfinger" and "Live and Let Die" for inspiration. The final product was an instant commercial and critical success.
The song "Make You Feel My Love" was originally written and recorded by Bob Dylan for his 1997 album Time Out Of Mind. Billy Joel covered the song and took it to #50 on the US pop chart the same year. In 1998 Garth Brooks went to #1 on the country chart and the top 10 on the adult contemporary chart with the song under the title "To Make You Feel My Love." Adele's version was released as a single from her album 19. It didn't become a major hit until the song was covered by contestants on the show X Factor. "Make You Feel My Love" has landed in the UK top 10 on five different occasions.
"Set Fire To the Rain" is Adele's third consecutive #1 hit single in the US from the album 21. The song uses a lush string arrangement that stands apart from many of the other songs on the album. Lyrically, it is one of the most powerful of all Adele songs. "Set Fire To the Rain" has followed in the footsteps of its two predecessors from 21 in reaching across a wide range of genre charts in the US. It has appeared on rock, dance, Latin, and pop charts.
"Rumour Has It" takes Adele's bluesy vocals and welds them to 60s girl group backing vocals and a stomping soul beat. The song was produced by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. It was part of a critically acclaimed Glee mash-up with "Someone Like You" that reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite having no official single release so far, "Rumour Has It" has sold over 600,000 copies in the US and hit #1 on the Triple A radio chart.
"Hometown Glory" was released as Adele's first single from her album 19. She claims to have written the song in 10 minutes. It did not sell well in its initial release, and was re-released later to hit the top 20 on the UK pop singles chart. In the US "Hometown Glory" was featured on the soundtrack for the TV show Grey's Anatomy. Adele received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal for "Hometown Glory."