Adele is one of the most successful and highest-paid female musicians of our time. Her music videos have billions of views and her albums have become diamond certified (meaning that according to the Recording Industry Association of America, they have sold 10 million copies).
Musical achievements aside, she is also praised for embracing her natural beauty and being a humble artist.
In honor of Adele’s 30th birthday on Saturday, May 5, here are her biggest hits, ranked based on performance on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Adele showed off her voice with this powerful ballad from her third studio album. In December 2015, “Remedy” peaked at No. 87 on the Billboard Hot 100. Listen to the song here.
“All I Ask”
Adele performed this emotional track at the 2016 Grammys. It also peaked at No. 77 in March 2016. Listen to “All I Ask” here.
In 2011, “Turning Tables” peaked at No. 63 and remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Adele also performed the track at the UK’s Royal Albert Hall.
“Water Under the Bridge”
In “Water Under the Bridge,” Adele belts out lyrics about a relationship whose future is unclear and demands an answer about where that relationship is headed. The song spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at No. 26.
Listen to “Water Under the Bridge” here.
“Chasing Pavements” is one of Adele’s earliest tracks that established her as a true artist. At the 2009 Grammys, Adele received awards for best female pop vocal performance for “Chasing Pavements” and best new artist.
The song also peaked at No. 21 that year. Watch the music video for “Chasing Pavements” here.
“Rumor Has It”
Adele’s “Rumor Has It” peaked at no. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2012. Listen to the track here.
“When We Were Young”
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Adele explained that “When We Were Young” is reminiscent of old acquaintances reuniting at a party after not being able to make time “to be in each other lives.”
She said: “You’re all thrown together at this party when you’re like 50, and it doesn’t matter and you have so much fun and you feel like you’re 15 again.”
This Adele track was the theme song for the 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall.” The song was deemed such a huge hit that it won an Oscar for best original song in 2013.
In October 2012, “Skyfall” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Listen to the hit song here.
“Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”
“Send My Love (to Your New Lover)” was selected as a single from Adele’s most recent album. It peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016 and spent 27 total weeks on the chart. Watch the music video here.