Rolling In The Deep

Rolling in the Deep

"Rolling in the Deep"
Single by Adele
from the album 21
B-side "If It Hadn't Been for Love"
Released 29 November 2010
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded Eastcote Studios, London
Genre Soul, blues
Length 3:48
Label XL
Writer(s) Adele, Paul Epworth
Producer Paul Epworth
Adele singles chronology
"Make You Feel My Love"
"Rolling in the Deep"
"Someone Like You"

"Rolling in the Deep" is a song recorded by English singer-songwriter Adele for her second studio album, 21. The song was written by Paul Epworth and Adele, who described it as a "dark blues-y gospel disco tune". It was first released on 29 November 2010 as the lead single of the album.

The song has been acclaimed by music critics. The single has peaked at number one in some countries in Europe, as well in Canada and the United States. As of December 2011, "Rolling in the Deep" had sold 5,644,000 copies in the United States, making it her best-selling single outside her native country, topping her previous best-selling "Chasing Pavements".

"Rolling in the Deep" has reached number one in 11 countries and top five in several other countries. The song has also become Adele's first number-one song in the U.S., reaching the top spot of four Billboard charts. "Rolling in the Deep" spent seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. In July, the video was nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards nominations, making it the most nominated music video of the year. The video won three awards: Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. "Rolling in the Deep" was also the Billboard Year End Hot 100 Number One Single of 2011.

On 30 November 2011, "Rolling in the Deep" received three Grammy Award nominations, two of them in major category, Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and one for Best Music Video, Short Form.



Critical reception

"The biggest hit from the biggest album of the year is a breakup scorcher to beat all breakup scorchers, with Adele slinging bolts of regretful scorn amid gospel-tinged stomp and a gaggle of soul-sister backup singers. This is brokenhearted music that makes you feel like taking on the world – crackling with quiet menace in the intro, then slowly building to that gut-punch refrain of "We could have had it all!" How did such an old-school soul song dominate the charts next to Gaga and Katy Perry? Maybe it's the hint of hip-hop venom you hear amid the blues-steeped storminess when Adele tells her ex-lover she'll 'lay your shit bare.' Maybe it's that certain emotions – especially when channeled through a voice this powerful – will always seem timeless."
Rolling Stone talking about "Rolling in the Deep".

The song has received very positive reception for Adele's vocals, its lyrics, and instrumentation. The Sun called the song "an epic, foot-stomper of a pop anthem with thumping piano and a vocal you would expect from a veteran of 20 years on the road." Lamb gave it a perfect score of 5, saying: "'Rolling In the Deep' [...] wastes no time in presenting the stunning bluesy authority of her voice. Less than five seconds in she begins proclaiming the rise of emotion that results in fantasies of revenge against a lover who has done her wrong. Hers is a voice that can raise chills up the spine, and, when she is in a mood like this, the sense of foreboding will rivet your attention." Jason Lipshutz of Billboard magazine complimented the song's "sweeping chorus" and felt that the song "places a similar emphasis on its refrain but its multilayered instrumentation gives the English singer's wail a previously unheard depth". Lipshutz also praised Adele's vocal performance by writing, "Adele's noticeable leap in vocal confidence highlights the track. She gracefully lingers on the last line of the verses and attacks the sorrowful chorus' first words, 'We could have had it all,' head on." Rolling Stone magazine's Barry Walters gave the song a positive review stating, "'Rolling in the Deep' finds the 22-year-old in bluesy gospel mode, sounding powerful but not particularly pop. Starting with a stroked acoustic guitar, this breakup-mourning track builds to a stomping, hand-clapping climax that affirms the British knack for rejiggering the sound of American roots music."

The writers of Rolling Stone placed "Rolling in the Deep" at number one on their list of "50 Best Singles of 2011". "Rolling in the Deep" won in the category for Best Track at the 2011 Q Awards.

Commercial performance

In the UK, "Rolling in the Deep" debuted at #2 (her second #2 debut, after "Chasing Pavements") behind Bruno Mars' "Grenade". The song spent the first ten weeks of its chart run in the top ten, the longest for an Adele song so far.

Upon its American release, "Rolling in the Deep" became Adele's second single to chart in the country. The song first debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 68 on 25 December 2010. Later on, it became her first ever single to top a Billboard chart when it reached number one on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart in March 2011, and became her first number one hit in the country when it topped the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2011. As a result, Adele became the first British singer to have topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts in the same week since Leona Lewis did the same back in 2008. In its 24th charting week, "Rolling In The Deep" stayed at number-one, making it the latest single at the top since Creed's "With Arms Wide Open" spent its only week on top in its thirty-first charting week in November 2000. It stayed on top of the chart for seven straight weeks, the longest in 2011. It has been certified 5x platinum, making it only the second song by a British female artist to reach this feat since Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love. It has sold more than 5,644,000 digital copies as of November 2011; thus, she is the first female British artist to achieve such a feat. As of 26 July, "Rolling in the Deep" is the third best selling digital single across Europe with 1,26 million copies sold. As of the 5 November 2011 issue of Billboard, it has been number one on the Adult Contemporary chart for nineteen consecutive weeks.

Music video

The music video for "Rolling in the Deep," directed by Sam Brown, was premiered on Channel 4 on 3 December 2010. The video begins with an abandoned house, where Adele is sitting in a chair singing. During the video, the scenes show hundreds of glasses filled with water that vibrate to the beat of a drum, a mysterious person (played by Jennifer White, who also choreographed the sequence) dancing in a room with white flour and dust, the drummer playing the drums behind the stairs, china being thrown and breaking on the wall in front of the staircase, and a white model of a city which is set on fire by five bursting light bulbs at the end of the song.

On 20 July, the music video was nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Best Direction, and won three for Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.


Adele performed the song several times. On 24 November 2010, the singer appeared on Dutch presenter Paul de Leeuw's Madiwodovrij Show to perform the song for the first time. She also performed it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the United States on 3 December 2010. The song was also performed in front of the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance, on 9 December 2010; the performance was broadcast 16 December 2010. On Alan Carr: Chatty Man in the United Kingdom on 17 January 2011. On 21 January 2011, Adele performed "Rolling in the Deep" in the finale of The Voice of Holland where she also performed "Make You Feel My Love" with finalist Kim de Boer. On 26 January 2011, she performed the song in the French television show Le Grand Journal. The song has also been featured in a television spot for the 2011 film I Am Number Four, in which it is also featured. As part of a promotional tour in North America for the album, Adele performed the song on Late Show with David Letterman on 21 February 2011, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 24 February 2011, on 1 March 2011 on MTV Live, and Dancing With The Stars on 10 May 2011.

Cover versions and media appearances

Media usage


The song became popular and has been covered by various artists included David Cook, Haley Reinhart, and Nicole Scherzinger and rapper Lil Wayne. John Legend uploaded an R&B a capella version of the song in April 2011 on SoundCloud. Legend's version was then covered by Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff of Glee for the second season episode "Prom Queen". The single charted at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at 49 on the UK Singles Chart and was later released on the album Glee: The Music, Volume 6. At the 2011 iTunes Festival, Linkin Park performed an acoustic version of "Rolling in the Deep" as part of their set, with Chester Bennington as the vocalist. This recording was released to the iTunes Store as a single, debuting at number 42 on the UK Singles Chart. Black Stone Cherry have covered the song live on several occasions. On 14 July 2011, Patti Smith included a cover of "Rolling in the Deep" at her performance at the Castle Clinton. Quentin Elias released a cover of the song as a single on 6 September 2011. It also appears on his EP I Can Do Bad All By Myself released simultaneously. Although currently unreleased, Pop-Punk band, Go Radio will be covering the song for the compilation CD Punk Goes Pop 4, to be released by Fearless Records. The Collective performed the song on the third season of The Sing-Off. Contestant Misha Bryan (known as Misha B) covered the song on the eighth season of The X Factor and included a rap verse.

Track listing


Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Year-end charts


Release history

See also


External links

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