Top 10 Covers Of Adele’s Smash-Hit Soul Song ‘Rolling In The Deep’

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Although she stays incredibly humble with her fame, British soul chanteuse [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adele[/lastfm] has the uncanny ability to pen emotionally charged sonic narratives that perfectly describe the human condition. Her biggest example is her hit single “Rolling In The Deep” which is praised by critics, multi-format music audiences, and fellow musicians alike.

Many of these musicians couldn’t keep their creative digits out of the pot of musical gold that is “Rolling In The Deep,” capitalizing on the song’s success with cover after cover.

While some have been horrible, we’ve found Ten Cover Versions of “Rolling In The Deep” that have seemingly fused their own creative energy with the raw expression of Adele’s original.

10. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lea Michelle[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jonathan Groff [/lastfm]from Glee

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Although we think the Glee version of “Rolling In The Deep” is missing the driving, powerful drumming that musically encapsulates Adele’s rage, no one can deny that the duet between the talented vocal combo of Lea Michelle and Jonathan Groff isn’t a great version.

9.[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Young The Giant[/lastfm]

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Up-and-coming rock group, Young the Giant, have combined their indie musical stylings with powerful acoustic guitar to lend a strong male persona to the very feminine track.

8. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Childish Gambino[/lastfm]

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Not exactly a cover, Childish Gambino’s rap mix of “Rolling In The Deep” adds a decidedly fierce hip-hop perspective on the painful break-up theme of the song.

Bonus points go to Childish Gambino for adding an insanely dance-driven layer of production. Now the world can dance out their pain.

7. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jayme Dee[/lastfm]

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Young musical Youtube sensation lends her sweet, subdued pop vocals to Adele’s song, making it less of a song about passionate rage and more of a tune of mellow-toned disappointment.

6. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kina Grannis[/lastfm]

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Another YouTube musical sensation, Kina Grannis actually has an emotive quality that almost matches Adele’s mature croon.

You can tell Grannis has been through some similar situations from the agony in her voice.

5. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ps22[/lastfm]

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This rendition of “Rolling In The Deep” from Staten Island’s PS22 elementary school choir almost brought us to tears.

How does that little girl know how to sing with such sorrow?

4. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Haley Reinhart[/lastfm] from American Idol

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Current American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart is speculated to be the only female on the show that will be in the final showdown.

If everything she does sounds like this, she might be the most talented singer to come off the show.

3. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Cook[/lastfm]

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Although she will have to contend with the magic vocals of seventh season American Idol winner, David Cook.

His live, almost Americana-sounding version of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” gives a totally different rock ‘n roll perspective to the song.

2.[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Mike Posner[/lastfm]

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Mike Posner’s whispery, electronica-tinged version of “Rolling In The Deep” is definitely the most unusual cover of the song.

Posner takes the “fire” out of the song and make it into an cool, melancholy love song.

1. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Legend[/lastfm]

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Out of all the “Rolling In The Deep” covers, we think John Legend’s would actually bring Adele herself to tears.

Legend’s fuses the spiritual soulfulness of gospel with the rich tonality of his voice.

We’d love to hear a duet between Adele and Legend.

  • What is your favorite “Rolling In The Deep” cover? Let us know in the comments!
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