Who Wins the "Hello" Thunderdome: Adele or Lionel Richie?

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We love Adele's "Hello." We love Lionel Richie's "Hello" too. But,as with loving pie and cake, you can't love them equally. (Cake. It's always been you, cake.) This is America, and in America, for every winner, you have to have a loser. So with that in mind, we did a side by side comparison of the two songs to see which one is more culturally significant. To the victor go the spoils. (And by "spoils" I mean "cake.")

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1. The Lyrics

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Adele has the above killer line, as well as the equally killer, "Hello from the outside/At least I can say that I've tried/To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart/But it don't matter it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore."(I'm not crying, you're crying.)

That being said, Mr. Richie is no slouch himself. Doubt this? Google the lyric, "Hello!Is it me you're looking for?" and see how much stuff pops up. Apology excepted.

Still,Adele wins.

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2. The Music

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The music in both songs both serve the lyrics and the mood wonderfully. Still, Lionel gets the edge, strictly for the fact that there is a guitar solo. Guitar solos make everything better. It's science.

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3. The Singing

Lionel. No debate.


Just kidding. Of course it's Adele. How could it not be? That voice is sick. Lionel wished he had Adele's voice. We all do.

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4. All the Feels

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Adele makes you feel things. You may not want to feel those things, but you have no choice. This is Adele: You feel what she is feeling””deal with it. If you don't feel all the feels while listening to her song, then your soul is cold, black and dead. As good as Lionel is, he does not make you feel the feels.

Go ahead...feel the feels. Adele gets the nod.

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5. Relatability

This is a tough one to define, but I'm gonna go for it. Relatability is always important to a song, and I just feel that Lionel's "Hello" has more of it. We've all longed for someone from afar, wanting to be with them but too scared to approach. When Lionel croons, "Tell me how to win your heart/Cause I haven't got a clue," you get where the man is coming from.

Adele's "Hello," on the other hand, is just too much complexity to handle. Going through a bad breakup and wanting to go make amends with an ex but not being able to and having to force yourself to move on? Too much, Adele. Too much to contemplate. Lionel keeps it simple, so Lionel gets this one.

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6. So Who Wins?

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So as you can see, both are great in their own way. But this is Thunderdome, and there is no tie in Thunderdome. So in the great Battle of the "Hellos," who wins? Ms. Adele? Mr. Richie? Who, damnit? Who?

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