In addition to being a stunning curvy girl with a gorgeous face and wicked set of pipes, Adele is also a brutually honest lyricist. Her words are diary-real.
She opens up her chest and lets the contents of her heart spill out. Many of her songs on her best-selling albums 19 and 21 are about love, but it's not a romanticized version of the concept. She isn't afraid to revel in the pain, to crystalize it in words and melodies, and to make it sound pretty.
The singer and new mom turns 26 on May 5 and to celebrate, we've assembled her best lyrical declarations about love, for better or for worse:
"So little to say but so much time / Despite my empty mouth / The words are in my mind / Please wear the face / the one where you smile / Because you lighten up my heart when I start to cry." — "First Love" from 19
"You know how the time flies / Only yesterday was the time of our lives / We were born and raised / In a summer haze / Bound by the surprise of our glory days." — "Someone Like You" from 21
"Should I give up / Or should I just keep chasin' pavements? / Even if it leads nowhere? / Or would it be a waste? / Even if I knew my place / Should I leave it there? / Should I give up? / Or should I just keep chasin' pavements? / Even if it leads nowhere / I build myself up / And fly around in circles / Waitin' as my heart drops / And my back begins to tingle / Finally, could this be it." — "Chasing Pavements" from 19
"Never woulda run through the blindin' rain / Without one dollar to my name / If it hadn't been, if it hadn't been for love / Never woulda seen the trouble that I'm in / If it hadn't been for love / Woulda been gone like a wayward wind / If it hadn't been for love." — "If It Hadn't Been for Love" from 21
"The scars of your love remind me of us / They keep me thinking that we almost had it all / The scars of your love, they leave me breathless /I can't help feeling / We could have had it all." — "Rolling in the Deep" from 21
"I dare you to let me be your / Your one and only / Promise I'm worthy to hold in your arms / So come on and give me the chance / To prove that I'm the one who can / Walk that mile until the end starts." — "One and Only" from 21
"My hands, they're strong / But my knees were far too weak / To stand in your arms / Without falling to your feet." — "Set Fire to the Rain" from 21
"Some say I'll be better without you / But they don't know you like I do / Or at least the sides I thought I knew / I can't beg this time / It drags on as I lose my mind / Reminded by things I find / Like notes and clothes you left behind / Wake me up, wake me up when all is done / I won't rise until this battle's won / My dignity's become undone / But I won't go / I can't do it on my own / If this ain't love, then what is? / I'm willing to take the risk." — "He Won't Go" from 21