5 of the Most Popular Adele Songs Ranked in Hugot Feels

It doesn’t matter what heartbreak you’re going through, there seems to be a perfect Adele song to cry to. Pour out the red wine, have a box of Kleenex handy, and crank up the volume—here are five of the saddest—and most popular— Adele songs, ranked according to the most hugot feels. Do you agree?

There is no better chronicler of romantic despair for the Millennial set than Adele. She has made millions out of her misery (and ours!), and has even won awards for her songs. Now, let’s rank five of her most popular songs from the heartbreakingly good, to the soul crushingly amazing.

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Possibly the least popular of the songs listed here but one of Adele’s best, “Chasing Pavements” introduced Adele to the world. It’s the second single off of her debut album, 19, and it talks about uncertainty, whether you should still fight for the one you love, or are you just “chasing pavements,” or chasing an empty thing. It’s for everyone who has ever felt afraid of confronting their fears—what if this relationship is one-sided? Or what if I tell him I love him and he doesn’t love me back? A teenager when she wrote it, Adele perfectly captures that dread you feel at that age when you love someone and yet don’t want to be consumed by it. 


“Rolling in the Deep” is the song that made Adele. The first single off of her massively successful sophomore album 21, it was a pop hit like no other, and everyone, from your six-year-old niece to your videoke-loving uncle know the words to it. What many don’t realize is that “Rolling in the Deep” is an angry song, an anthem of the scorned lover who just recently found out that her lover was cheating on her, and is only beginning to see the depths of his betrayal. Sure, there’s regret, maybe even love (“I can’t help feeling, That we almost had it all”), but in no uncertain terms does Adele declare her resentment (“You’ll pay me back and reap just what you sow oh”). 


Behind this sassy, blues-y, and incredibly catchy tune is the juicy story of how a woman got back at his ex who left her for a much younger girl (“She is half your age, But I'm guessing that's the reason that you stayed”). She didn’t lose her cool and confront the girl. Instead, she started rumors that her ex is sneaking around, cheating on his new girlfriend, with HER. The new girlfriend believed the rumors and soon dumps the boyfriend, so now it’s him who’s alone and miserable. Ladies, take a page out of Adele’s book and stop feeling sorry for yourself when your man leaves you—get even, and get a mani-pedi right after. 


So you’ve gone through the first two phases of grief, denial and anger, and you’re now going through the third—depression. You’re driving, it’s raining outside, and tears start to fall down your face for no reason. You see a random sweet couple, you cry. You eat a cheeseburger, you cry (it’s his favorite). And through it all, you listen to “Someone Like You” on loop. For anyone who has lost a partner to someone else, listening to this song is like pouring alcohol on an open wound. It’s incredibly painful, yet it helps you heal. The mournful tone of the whole song is balanced by the hopeful line “Never mind, I’ll find someone like you…” But… will you? 


“Hello, it’s me.”

There is no more iconic opening line to a recent song than that. “Hello” is a global smash, charting number one in almost every country that knows music, and it is possibly the saddest song in Adele’s catalogue of caterwauling. “Hello” deals with nostalgia (“Hello, can you hear me? I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be… When we were younger and free”) and regret (“Hello from the outside… At least I can say that I’ve tried… To tell you, I’m sorry, for breaking your heart…”), and it’s all the sadder because this time it’s YOU who caused the breakup. You had it all, the one thing that made you happy, and you blew it. The worst part is, there’s no one to blame but yourself. It really doesn’t get any more miserable than that.