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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is "Someone Like You" a touching song about accepting the person you love is moving on (though her true inspiration is her cheating boyfriend), or is the song a textbook example of Suspiciously Specific Denial? The latter is popular, earning Adele memes of her being portrayed as a Clingy Jealous Girl and stalker.
    • Is the woman from "Hello" a ghost, singing to a lost lover who is still in the living world? "Hello/From the other side..." takes on a whole new meaning.
      • Or, inversely, is the woman being delusional about her former lover being dead?
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    • One interpretation from college students in Oklahoma states that "Hello" normalizes stalking exes.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Someone Like You", and every live performance of it.
    • "Set Fire to the Rain" is pretty good, too.
    • "Skyfall", her theme for the James Bond movie of the same name. Listen to it here.
    • And for a song that doesn't start with "S", "Hello".
  • Epic Riff:
    • A very quiet one from "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)."
    • The piano on "Someone Like You."
  • Even Better Sequel:
    • 19 was given good reviews on its release, but the critical and commercial reception of 21 was much higher.
    • This continued with 25. While it has received some harsh criticism (especially from the Beyhive due to a perceived Award Snub at the Grammys), the album proved to be even more successful while maintaining similar acclaim and performing a clean sweep at the Grammys, winning every nom it received (including all three major categories).
  • Fandom Rivalry: Her fans vs. Taylor Swift fans.
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    • The Adele/Swifties feud seems to have died down just in time for the Beyhive to go after her fans in full force due to the debatable Award Snub at the 2017 Grammys. Neither side is backing down at all.
  • Funny Moments:
  • Genre Turning Point: The massive success of her second album, 21, single-handedly changed the landscape of pop music, with the absolute collapse of club music and bringing back R&B and neo-soul genre to the mainstream.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: She's just as big, if not bigger, in the U.S. as she is in her native UK.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: 25 got a lot of this from the harsher critics.
  • Meaningful Release Date: Skyfall was released at 12.07am (0.07 using the 24hr clock) on October 5, 2012 (the 50th anniversary of the release of the film version of Dr. No).
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  • Memetic Badass: The "cocaine ninja" in the video for "Rolling in the Deep." It's actually a woman dancing in flour.
  • Memetic Mutation: This joke.
  • Narm Charm: Her songs sound incredibly whiny, but her voice is amazing enough to potentially make you believe every word she's singing.
  • Signature Song: "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone Like You", "Set Fire To The Rain", and, as of 2015, "Hello".

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