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    Adele - "Hello"

    After more than three years of waiting, Adele didn't disappoint. "Hello," the first single off of her upcoming 25 album, is the kind of pitch-perfect balladry Adele's fans have been yearning for, complete with a massive hook that will shake more than a few rafters.

    This is Adele's lane, and even though it's been a while, she's proven with one song that she's still the de facto queen of heartache and empowerment.—Graham Corrigan