Written by Erin Lobner. Media by Courtney Murphy.
Let’s face it, Adele is not the safest artist to listen to while taking a road trip. Why? Well, it’s hard to drive while tears flow uncontrollably from your eyes. But if you need some rainy-day tunes or, like me, you enjoy an occasional good cry, then look no further. I present my list of Adele songs that will make you weep shamelessly.
1. “Take It All”
This song is a poetic account of one of the most painful times in Adele’s life. It’s all about her boyfriend leaving even though she did everything to make him stay. In the music video, she says it’s the most emotional song for her.
2. “Million Years Ago”
If you have no regrets in your life, this song shouldn’t be too painful for you. Unfortunately, most of us have things we would have done differently. On top of that, “Million Years Ago” comes with a high risk of homesickness, so freshmen beware.
While this song is overplayed, it still has some powerful emotional weight. Continuing the regret theme, “Hello” emphasizes the pain caused by trying to reconnect with someone you’ve wronged, only for them to reject your attempts. The thing that makes this song especially tear-worthy is that it doesn’t apply only to romantic
relationships, but also to broken friendships.
4. “Someone Like You”
Another popular Adele song, “Someone Like You” describes how it feels to know that someone has moved on without you. The woman in the song finds out her ex is married and is forced to let him go, but she still wants someone like him. Although it seems a little obsessive, I’m sure some of us can relate.
5. “Turning Tables”
This song was made for all the people who build up walls to keep from getting hurt. The first part of the chorus states,
“I won’t let you close enough to hurt me.” “Turning tables” refers to broken promises, and the rest of the song is about becoming more self-reliant instead of turning to others for help.
6. “Don’t You Remember”
By now I’m pretty much sobbing. “Don’t You Remember” is a heartfelt plea for Adele’s significant other to remember the reasons they loved her. It’s made even more emotional by the fact that she includes some of her flaws in the song, and just asks that he looks past them.
7. “Love in the Dark”
Another sorrowful breakup song, “Love in the Dark” focuses on Adele leaving a relationship instead of the other way around. While she still has feelings for him, she decides to leave because the relationship isn’t in a good place for her. Similar to most of her music, the lyrics in this song will make you feel something… Like tears rolling down your face.
Now, grab a box of tissues and some comfort food and focus on something happy. Like this video of Adele’s Carpool Karaoke with James Corden from The Late Late Show.