Song of the Day #2,664: ‘Hello’ – Adele

adele_helloIt was theoretically possible that Adele’s appeal had faded in the four years since her smash hit 21 dominated the pop culture scene. Sure, ‘Skyfall’ was an Oscar-winning success but we live in an era of short attention spans.

And doesn’t the music world belong to Taylor Swift now?

But those doubts have been shattered, along with a number of records, by the release of ‘Hello,’ the first single from Adele’s upcoming album 25.

The track’s video has amassed more than a quarter billion views in the two weeks since its release. It beat Swift’s record for the most views in a 24-hour period (‘Hello’ topped ‘Bad Blood’ by a full 7 million on that front). It even outpaced the new Star Wars trailer for most views per hour during the day after its launch.

The song became the first ever to sell more than a million digital copies in a week, and sits at #3 overall in the history of Nielsen for weekly sales (including hard copies as well as digital).

[Incidentally, the #1 song on that list is Elton John’s 1997 rerecording of ‘Candle in the Wind’ as a tribute to Princess Diana. That single sold 3.4 million copies in its first week of release, 1.2 million in its second week and 787 thousand in its third, giving it the #1, #2 and #4 best-selling weeks for any song ever. Wow.]

So it’s safe to say that Adele is poised to reclaim her throne, assuming 25 proves as successful as its first single.

‘Hello’ doesn’t quite have the propulsive greatness of ‘Rolling in the Deep’ but it’s in the ballpark. Her voice is powerful and nuanced, a reminder that vocally she remains in her own class. I think we’re about to enter the next Year of Adele.

[Verse 1]
Hello, it’s me
I was wondering if after all these years
You’d like to meet, to go over everything
They say that time’s supposed to heal ya
But I ain’t done much healing
Hello, can you hear me?
I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I’ve forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet
There’s such a difference between us
And a million miles

[Chorus]
Hello from the other side
I must’ve called a thousand times
To tell you I’m sorry, for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry, for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

[Verse 2]
Hello, how are you?
It’s so typical of me to talk about myself, I’m sorry
I hope that you’re well
Did you ever make it out of that town
Where nothing ever happened?
It’s no secret
That the both of us are running out of time

[Chorus]
So hello from the other side
I must’ve called a thousand times
To tell you I’m sorry, for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry, for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

[Bridge]
Ooooohh, anymore
Ooooohh, anymore
Ooooohh, anymore
Anymore

[Chorus]
Hello from the other side
I must’ve called a thousand times
To tell you I’m sorry, for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry, for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore
Hello from the other side
I must’ve called a thousand times
To tell you I’m sorry, for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry, for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,664: ‘Hello’ – Adele

  1. Dana says:

    I’m a bit surprised this single has broken so many records. I like it, but it’s not nearly as good, catchy, original or addictive as “Rolling in the Deep.”

    • Clay says:

      Yeah, the huge success of ‘Hello’ has everything to do with excitement over the return of Adele after four years and little to do with the song itself.

  2. Peg says:

    She certainly has a “big” voice, but I’m not a fan of that sound even if I admire her talent.

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