Earworm of the day: Someone Like You by Adele

YouTube Preview ImageI heard this song on the radio during a recent train journey and was impressed enough to note down the singer (whose name the presenter mentioned, thankfully). I looked it up (thank you, YouTube!) and like it more and more.

For one thing, many ballads appeal to me. And with this song, I also appreciate the lyrics. I was in the position described in the song once: A former boyfriend had found love again and founded a family, while I was still single. So I can really relate to the singer’s ambivalent attitude. (The person who was happiest for me when I met my husband was that former boyfriend, by the way.)

Are there songs that touch a certain something in you because you have been there? Which are they?

- Rike Horstmann

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9 Responses to “Earworm of the day: Someone Like You by Adele”

  1. Leigh says:

    I love her voice, but this song is too sad for me to listen to on a regular basis. I love her in Rolling in Deep:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw&ob=av2e

  2. Leigh says:

    And in a late recognition of Veterans Day the an Air Force band did a great cover:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBaskRZDbNA

  3. Leigh says:

    I don’t know if this official video but her is another version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLQl3WQQoQ0&ob=av2e

  4. Rike says:

    Wow, thanks for all the links!

  5. AARPat says:

    I like the video for Rolling in the Deep, too! I really like the video for Someone Like You that she sings in her home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAc83CF8Ejk

    And another favorite of mine is Norah Jones’ video for Sinking Soon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYywXhixVW0

    Great sounds!

  6. Jean Wan says:

    I find Adele absolutely beautiful. When it comes to natural beauty, give me Adele any day over…well, over many of the other touted lovelies. And this song just about breaks my heart. I think this live version, with the melodic difference in the chorus, is even better than the official radio edit, which I find just a touch too fast. I really, really hope her voice gets better – it would be a shame to lose her voice.

    As to your actual question, the first one that came to mind is Feist’s “Mushaboom” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYF0qU5WSew&ob=av3e). I absolutely empathize with “It may be years until the day/my dreams will match up with my pay”, and yearning for an “Old dirt road/knee-deep snow/watching the fire as we grow/old”. Good song.

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  9. Enjoyed Adele perform a few times. Fantastic!