It remains one of the best-selling records of all time at over 10 million copies, and its accompanying music video continues to inspire everything from copycat artists to Halloween costumes to relevant cultural satire. You know the meme we're talking about. Hint: It comes around every May. As if we could have lived without them! The Backstreet Boys returned with a second album and this lead-off single in The English sensation exploded to international fame with this tune, released when she was just 21 years old—though her voice carries the expertise of a woman decades older.
High-reaching vocals, a bone-chilling opening note and ever-relatable subject matter of tarnished love scored Adele two Grammy Awards as fans around the world cried to the breakup anthem. Seriously, it was one of the top most downloaded iTunes songs in and , nearly three decades after its first release. Time Out New York. Get us in your inbox Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from your city and beyond.
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