Every Adele Song Ranked: Critic’s Picks

Every Adele Song Ranked: Critic’s Picks

Co-written by singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. and produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Vampire Weekend), the second 25 single is piano-laden reminiscence that gets you all up in your feelings. By the time that bridge kicks in, the misty melancholy will have you longing for “someone I used to know.”

10. “Right As Rain” 

Adele has credited her fellow Brit Amy Winehouse with paving the way for her career, and you can really hear the Amy influence on this 19 track. Swinging and shimmying to those retro-’60s keys, Adele is at her jazzy grooviest here, one of the top deep cuts in her catalog.

9. “Make You Feel My Love”

This 1997 Bob Dylan gem has been covered by everyone from Billy Joel to Garth Brooks, but it’s the Adele version that is probably the definitive one. Displaying the depth of her interpretive skills, she really makes this song — which was certified gold as a 19 single — all her own, convincing you that she truly would “go to the ends of the earth for you.”

8. “All I Ask” 

How “All I Ask” was never released as a single from 25 is a great mystery. It was an instant standout from Adele’s third album — the kind of killer ballad that you would imagine Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey would sing if they got Bruno Mars to co-write and co-produce (with the Smeezingtons) for them back in their heyday. Adele is a vocal beast all over it.