“Hello” is a song by English singer Adele. It was released on 23 October 2015 by XL Recordings as the lead single from her third studio album, 25 (2015). Adele co-wrote the song with her producer, Greg Kurstin. “Hello” is a piano ballad with soul influences, and lyrics that discuss themes of nostalgia and regret. Upon release, the song was well received by music critics, who compared it favourably to Adele’s previous work and praised the song’s lyrics and Adele’s vocals.
“Hello” attained international commercial success reaching number one in almost every country it charted in, including the United Kingdom, where it became her second UK number-one single, following “Someone like You”, and has the largest opening week sales in three years. In the United States, “Hello” debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Adele’s fourth number-one on the chart and breaking several records, including becoming the first song to sell over a million digital copies in a week.