This song introduced the powerfully soulful voice of Adele to American audiences. It received three Grammy Award nominations including for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The accompanying video is quite memorable and celebrated for its innovative choreography.
With the U.S. reeling from the impact of 2 hurricanes and heavy violence continuing in Iraq, the Goo Goo Dolls' words, "Everyone is forgiven now, cuz tonight's the night the world begins again," effectively delivered a warmth and reassurance that was badly needed.
Songwriter and producer Linda Perry knew she had something special with this song and originally intended to record it herself. Eventually Christina Aguilera convinced Perry that she was the right vocalist for the song. It has since become a signature song for Aguilera and one that has been highly meaningful to her fans.