VH1 Unplugged Sneak: Adele Does Aretha, Setlist Announced

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Adele’s VH1 Unplugged premieres online Thu., March 3 at 7/6c and airs March 4 at 11/10c.

Earlier this month Adele stopped by a studio in Harlem to perform a six-song set for VH1 Unplugged. We have the song known as “The Contradictions Track,” which is “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman,” in advance of the show’s online premiere March 3. It may seem like a dangerous move for any singer to cover Aretha Franklin. Is there a more surefire way to feel inadequate?

But Adele smartly introduced the song by saying she wouldn’t attempt to reinterpret it. While we agree with her sentiment (and respect for Aretha), turns out no disclaimer was needed. Listening up-close to Adele’s mellow but true rendition, which required only minimal guitar and keys, it seemed to us there is no one Adele can’t cover with her powerful, nuanced singing.

After the jump is the rest of Adele’s Unplugged setlist (in no particular order), with notes:


“Someone Like You” — Adele opened her VH1 Unplugged with this song, arguably the most beautiful (and “somber,” as she put it) off her new album, 21. Adele’s eyes seemed to water up as she sang, and the audience was floored.

“Rolling In The Deep” — The massively popular single that Adele fans already know and love. By far, the most adreneline-inducing song on her new album. Thrilling to witness live.

“Chasing Pavements” — Adele introduced this song by saying it’s what “broke her in the States.” Enough said.

“Don’t You Remember” — Like “Someone Like You,” this song is from 21 and also about the boy that broke Adele’s heart.

“Turning Tables” — Will be available as an online-exclusive at VH1.com. Ditto what we said about “Don’t You Remember” and “Someone Like You.” Seeing 21‘s theme yet?

Read our full recap of Adele’s Unplugged performance and watch Adele music videos.

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  1. kathi says:

    Actually, the song was written by Carole King song, covered by Aretha (and many others).

    :)