British songstress and global superstar Adele has captured the hearts of millions with her powerful voice and charismatic personality. But if there’s one thing she’s synonymous with, it’s her ability to tear at the heartstrings of listeners with her emotional songs. With the North American leg of her tour kicking off in St. Paul, Minnesota this week, show goers can expect to be in for an emotional roller coaster when they are serenaded with these six hits.
1. Someone Like You
The opening piano melody alone has the ability to make your eyes well up with tears, but it’s the lyrics and vulnerability in Adele’s voice that really makes you reach for some tissues. Even Saturday Night Live has used the song’s emotional response as fodder for comedy.
2. When We Were Young
Reflecting on a young love is the theme of this single from Adele’s third studio album 25. The lyrics “it was just like a movie, it was just like a song when we were young” carries feelings of nostalgia for any listener, leaving them with bittersweet sentiments.
Adele said “Hello” to fans again in 2015 after taking four years off when she dropped this single that made everyone stop what they were doing and listen. Following typical Adele fashion, the song tells the story of moving on from a past love and trying to remain on good terms when all is said and done. Whether you can relate or not, the music is beautiful enough to leave you with goosebumps and a tear in the eye.
4. Make You Feel My Love
Technically, this is Bob Dylan’s song. But when Adele recorded it in 2008, she introduced the world to her unforgettable voice and proved that she was a name to remember. Though the lyrics aren’t melancholy in nature, Adele’s raw voice complemented with piano and string accompaniment makes the cover her own. In short, it can make anyone cry simply for being so beautiful.
5. All I Ask
Co-written by Bruno Mars, this ballad from 25 is a musical testament to a love that is in the process of going sour despite giving the best effort. It perfectly combines a sense of angst and pure heartbreak, particularly in the lyrics “what if I never love again?”
6. Turning Tables
This piano-driven ballad from Adele’s wildly successful sophomore album 21 is a soulful anthem that celebrates strength in walking away from an unhappy relationship. Adele sings with passion and makes listeners not only believe her, but also go through the motions with her. It’s a musical journey that packs an emotional punch.