Adele wrote her debut album at the age of 19, which also served as the title of the CD. The English singer-songwriter said the songs were about her own coming of age: "I just kinda remember becoming a bit of a woman during that time. And I think that is definitely documented in the songs."
The songs about heartbreak and longing, especially her Grammy-winning hit "Chasing Pavements," resonated with fellow teenagers and critics alike. The BBC called the album "genuinely touching, maturely considered, and brilliantly sung."
Adele followed up the album with 21 in 2011, which was anything but a sophomore slump. She took home six Grammys — tying an all-time record — at the 2012 awards ceremony.