After a three year break from music, Adele returned last week with her latest single ‘Hello’ from forthcoming album 25.
The single sold 333,000 units in its first week, making it the biggest no.1 record in three years, since James Arthur’s X Factor winner’s single ‘Impossible’, which sold 490,000 units in December 2012. Adele’s previous album 21 is recognised as the best-selling album of the millenium, and with figures like this, 25 is set to sell even better. In case you haven’t already, watch the dramatic video below and see what the world’s been talking about:
Hands up who thought the beginning reminded them of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’? Us too! But does Lionel’s version stand up against Adele’s record-breaking statistics?
At the time of release in 1984, Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ reached no.1 on three Billboard charts and topped the UK Singles Chart for six consecutive weeks. It appears on the album Can’t Slow Down, which has sold more than 20 million copies. Adele’s 21 has sold over 30 million copies since its release in 2011, and spent 23 weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart.
Whether you prefer Lionel’s classic record or are head-over-heels for Adele, it seems the world loves a good ‘Hello’. Scroll through our list of the songs that give the best greeting…
Lionel Richie – Hello
There’s no denying the similarities between Adele’s opening line and Lionel Richie’s famous chorus!
Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence
‘Hello darkness, my old friend’ – this classic was also a chart-topper after its release in 1964.
Beyoncé – Hello
Queen Bey says that ‘Hello’ from her third studio album I Am…Sasha Fierce is one of her favourites.
U2 – Vertigo
Who could forget Bono’s iconic ‘Hello, hello / I’m at a place called Vertigo’?
The Beatles – Hello, Goodbye
The Beatles’ 1967 record divided the critics but still topped charts around the world.
Louis Armstrong – Hello, Dolly!
Louis Armstrong’s title track to the popular 1964 musical of the same name became the best-selling single of his career and knocked The Beatles off the no.1 spot.