#71 – Adele – “Chasing Pavements” – (2008)

Like her or not (there’s a case for both as she’s mega-talented but her songs are all downers and they are played way too often on popular radio), this was the start of it all for Adele. It won one of three Grammys it was nominated for (which would be unacceptable for post-2008 Adele) but the other winners deserved their awards as well. This song was only a #1 hit in Norway and it peaked at #21 on the Hot 100. She really made waves with this song and, in turn, the album 19 – both of which set the stage for 21 to be one of the biggest albums of its own decade.