I Am Almost Never in the Mood for Adele…And I Feel Weird About This

I am almost never in the mood to listen to Adele. I’m afraid that admitting this makes me seem abnormal because it seems that the majority of the free world is obsessed with her.  Listen, I know girlfriend can sing. I think her voice is gorgeous. But I am rarely in the mood to listen to her music. It’s just too much for me. It’s like eating that huge slice of Death by Chocolate cake. A few bites is fine every now and then. But the whole thing? Too heavy. Too rich. Too much. You just drown in it.

For example, yesterday I was at the gym. I was sweating my face off and trying not to fall off the elliptical as I switched songs on my iPod. In the break between songs, I realized that “Someone Like You” was blasting over the speakers at my gym. Really? That is not the kind of music that makes me want to push through ten more minutes on my machine of death and torture.

The day before that I was having a great afternoon. I was driving around after getting a free coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts (got a coupon, loved my life) and all of a sudden “Rollin’ in the Deep” came on. I was pumped about my coffee and the unseasonably warm weather. Heartache was not matching my mood. I flipped the station.

I think she’s insanely talented but kind of a downer. I enjoy a good heartache song, but there’s something about hers that are just too….heavy? Intense? All of the above? Maybe it’s the fact that I know I can never really sing along and do the song justice. “Set Fire to the Rain” is sometimes acceptable, but other than that…no.

It feels good to admit this, because I know that almost everyone and their mom loves Adele (Update: My mom just told me she doesn’t love Adele so maybe not everyone and their mom loves her). My hesitation about her makes me feel like a freak. Are there any other non-Adele fans out there? I’m not an Adele hater. Not by any means. I respect her gorgeous voice and talent, but she’s just not someone who would make it onto my iPod. What do you think? Am I insane? You can tell me I’m insane. It’s fine.


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  1. I am not a huge fan. I like some of her songs (love “Rumor Has It”), but I agree…too intense and emotional, especially while at the gym.

    • Hi Megan,
      I’ll have to check out “Rumor Has It” and see if I become a fan. But, like you said, there is a time and place for Adele. The gym is not that place!

  2. Adele at the gym would be terrible! I have to say, though, I once listened to her first album, 19, on a constant loop when writing a paper. I think that album is a little more upbeat than 21. However, I have a tendency to love sad songs. Probably half of my top 25 most played songs in iTunes could be played at either at funeral or intense post-break-up sobfest haha. I guess I like the fact that music can be very emotionally charged. But I’d recommend “Best for Last” and “Right as Rain” as a little more upbeat Adele songs.

  3. wow, i feel exactly the same way!


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