It is a truth universally acknowledged that Adele is Queen of contemporary music. If you happen to disagree, that’s cool, and I understand—but spend 2.5 hours with me and my CDs (yes, I still buy those things) and I will pour my blood, sweat, and tears into trying to convince you otherwise. You see, Adele reigns Queen for two simple reasons: 1) raw talent and 2) a down-to-earth charisma. Her voice is B-I-G, the kind that usually only comes around a few times in a generation and that is sorely lacking from much of popular music today. What makes us connect with this epic voice, though, is Adele’s persona of authenticity. She seems like the woman we want to be friends with, the woman who will listen to our troubles over a bottle of wine or maybe some whiskey, depending on the night. Her songs reflect this, speaking to moments in life most anyone can relate to. But since we may have miles of distance between us, I gift you the following: an index of Adele songs perfect for nearly any mood you might find yourself in.
1. Chasing Pavements
2. Million Years Ago
For when… you’re feeling nostalgic.
For when… you just need to daydream about impossible ideals for a little bit.
5. One and Only
6. Turning Tables
For when… you realize you need to get out of a relationship.
7. Best for Last
8. Set Fire To The Rain
For when… you cut ties with that toxic relationship.
9. River Lea
10. Water Under the Bridge
For when… you’re tired of playing games with someone.
11. Rolling in the Deep
12. Someone Like You
For when… you’re still attached but they’ve moved on.
13. When We Were Young
For when… you realize things have majorly changed—or are about to.
14. Can’t Let Go
For when… you’re still pining over that person you once were, or the one you were once with.
15. All I Ask
16. Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
For when… you’re finally ready to let it all go.
17. Make You Feel My Love
18. Hometown Glory
For when… you are bursting with pride for the places you come from.