This is an ode to Adele, and that beautiful, chill- and tear-inducing voice of hers.
Adele’s long-awaited third album is finally coming out in less than two weeks (Nov. 20), and her newest single “Hello” is already smashing records (not to mention it’s her fourth number-one debut on the Billboard Hot 100). She delivers one flawless live performance after another (seriously, Adele never fails to give us chills, or tears, or both), such as her most recent performance at France’s NRJ Awards. So in honor of 25, we’re journeying back with some of the true Queen’s unforgettable classics from her 2008 debut, 19, and her 2011 followup 21.
Here are 15 of Adele’s best live performances:
“Chasing Pavements” was Adele’s first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. She performed it at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards back in 2009 (and was for some reason joined by Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles near the end):
“Rolling in the Deep,” her lead single off 21, was undeniably the hottest song of 2011 and propelled Adele to international renown. Here’s her February 2011 performance on the Late Show with David Letterman:
“Someone Like You” will never cease to inspire us all to tearfully think about the one who, you know, blew you off for another. Her Live at the Royal Albert Hall performance of it (taped in September 2011), and preceding speech about her former love (“someone who changed my life dramatically”), will probably leave you in tears.
When Adele cries, we cry:
And here’s Adele singing “Someone Like You” at the 2011 VMA’s, stealing the show with grace and a single piano. After her performance, “Someone Like You” became her second number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 (“Rolling in the Deep” was her first):
Following throat surgery (which caused her to cancel part of her tour), Adele performed “Rolling in the Deep” at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012. It is pure perfection.
She was nominated for six awards, and won ALL SIX that night, including Album of the Year for 21, and both Record and Song of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep” (Adele previously won the Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Chasing Pavements” in 2009). So yeah, she swooped and killed it, again:
“Set Fire to the Rain” was Adele’s third number-one single. Here she is performing it on the Later… with Jools Holland show in 2011, the same show she made her television debut on in 2007 singing “Daydreamer.”
In 2012, Adele wrote the theme song for Skyfall, which of course won a Golden Globe and Academy Award in 2013, and a Grammy in 2014. She delivered a gorgeous performance of “Skyfall” at the 2013 Oscars:
Adele’s Tiny Desk concert for NPR Music will always be a good watch, featuring close-ups of her singing “Someone Like You,” “Chasing Pavements,” and “Rolling in the Deep”:
Here’s “Rumour Has It,” also from her Live at the Royal Albert Hall show (also serving as the song’s music video). She and OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder co-wrote the song, which Adele said is not inspired by the media, but by her friends who believed or spread rumors about her and her breakups:
Before singing “Cold Shoulder” on MTV’s Unplugged in 2009, Adele couldn’t help but throw some shade at her ex (“I’m over that boy, I’ve gotten my revenge back on him…I’m doing MTV unplugged, he still works at a phone shop”):
In 2011, Adele performed at Los Angeles’ infamous Largo theater. Here’s a soulful performance of “Don’t You Remember“:
“Turning Tables,” co-written by Tedder, was also inspired by a spat with Adele’s former love. With just a piano, she also performed it at the Largo:
Lastly, if you’ve made it through the last 14 videos without shedding even a little tear because of her sheer beauty yet, Adele’s performance of “Make You Feel My Love” from Letterman will surely put you to the test: