Adele Scores Top Karaoke Song of 2011

Singer dominates karaoke in the U.K., as well as pop charts

January 17, 2012 8:45 AM ET
Adele performs at the the 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles.
Kevin Mazur/Getty

Adele's total dominance over pop music in 2011 has extended into the realm of karaoke. The singer, who had the top-selling album and single in both the United States and her native United Kingdom last year, also had the most-sung karaoke song in the U.K., with her heart-melting ballad "Someone Like You" being selected by one in four karaoke singers in the nation. Adele's version of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" was the second most popular karaoke track, and her massive hit "Rolling in the Deep" also placed high on the list.

The most popular non-Adele song among British karaoke singers was David Bowie's classic "Heroes," which enjoyed a resurgence in popularity after being featured prominently in the U.K. version of The X Factor.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

More Song Stories entries »