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“Oh My God”
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Single by Adele
from the album 30
Released November 29, 2021
Length 3:45
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Adele Adkins, Greg Kurstin
Producer(s) Greg Kurstin
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“Oh My God” is a song by British singer-songwriter Adele, taken from her fourth studio album, 30. The song was written by Adele with Greg Kurstin[1] and serves as the fifth track on the album. Its title was confirmed on November 1, 2021, when the album’s track listing was revealed online.[2] Lyrically, “Oh My God” explores Adele’s attempts to begin dating again after her divorce from Simon Konecki.

After debuting at the top of Spotify’s biggest playlist, “Today’s Top Hits,”[3] it was announced that “Oh My God” is expected to be released as the album’s second single.[4] It was sent to adult contemporary radio on November 29[5] and contemporary hit radio on November 30.[6]

Background and composition[]

Adele told Rolling Stone that “Oh My God” was written about her celebrity status stifling her desire to date after her divorce from Simon Konecki[7] and, more specifically, the first time she went out after her post-divorce anxiety started to subside. In an interview with Audacy, Adele revealed:

I went out with some girlfriends and my girlfriends are like, ‘you’re single, 30, and ready to mingle.’ And I was like, ‘I ain’t ready to mingle at all. What the hell are you talking about?’ It was just about the prospect of sort of dating and stuff like that in bloody L.A., which is not the vibe. I was terrified, I wasn’t ready to start dating anyway, but I was scared that if I did, that I would probably make some really bad decisions because I wasn’t ready. I remember the first time [someone flirted], and I was like, ‘do you mind? I’m married.’ And my friends were like, ‘but you’re not.’ And I was like, ‘oh shit. OK, oh my God.’[8]

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, she jokingly referred to “Oh My God” as a “rare gem” for being one of the few upbeat songs in her discography.[9]

Critical reception[]

Upon the release of 30, “Oh My God” was chosen as Consequence’s “Song of the Week,” with writers Mary Siroky and Glenn Rowley praising it for its “refreshing” sound in comparison to Adele’s previous releases.[10] The New York Post compared the bluesy undertones of “Oh My God” to previous singles “Rolling in the Deep” and “Rumour Has It.”[11] Chris Willman of Variety called it “the record’s sexy-AF breakout moment” and is the closest Kurstin’s work on the album comes to the sound of modern pop music.[12]

Commercial performance[]

Prior to officially being announced as a single, “Easy On Me” started receiving radio airplay across the United States.[13]

In the week following 30’s release, Billboard reported that Adele was in a three-way battle with herself for the #1 spot on the UK singles chart, between “Easy On Me,” “Oh My God” and “My Little Love.”[14] “Oh My God” also debuted at #1 on the UK’s Official Trending Chart.[15]

Lyrics[]

I ain’t got too much time to spare
But I’ll make time for you to show how much I care
Wish that I would let you break my walls
But I’m still spinning out of control from the fall
Boy you give good love, I won’t lie
It’s what keeps me coming back even though I’m terrified

I know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Hmm yeah
Hmm yeah

I know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Hmm yeah
Hmm yeah

Oh my God, I can’t believe it, out of all the people in the world
What is the likelihood of jumping out of my life and into your arms?
Maybe baby I’m just losing my mind ‘cause this is trouble, but it feels right
Teetering on the edge of heaven and hell is a battle I cannot fight

I’m a fool, but they all think I’m blind
I’d rather be a fool than leave myself behind
I don't have to explain myself to you
I am a grown woman and I do what I want to do

I know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Hmm yeah
Hmm yeah

I know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Hmm yeah
Hmm yeah

Oh my God, I can’t believe it, out of all the people in the world
What is the likelihood of jumping out of my life and into your arms?
Maybe baby I’m just losing my mind ‘cause this is trouble, but it feels right
Teetering on the edge of heaven and hell is a battle I cannot fight

Lord don’t let me, I said lord don’t let me
I said lord don’t let me let me down
Lord don’t let me, I said lord don’t let me
I said lord don’t let me let me down
Lord don’t let me, I said lord don’t let me
I said lord don’t let me let me down
Lord don’t let me, I said lord don’t let me
I said lord don’t let me let me down

Oh my God, I can’t believe it, out of all the people in the world
What is the likelihood of jumping out of my life and into your arms?
Maybe baby I’m just losing my mind ‘cause this is trouble, but it feels right
Teetering on the edge of heaven and hell is a battle I cannot fight

Lord don’t let me, I said lord don’t let me
I said lord don’t let me let me down
Lord don’t let me, I said lord don't let me
I said lord don’t let me let me down
Lord don’t let me, I said lord don’t let me
I said lord don’t let me let me down
Lord don’t let me, I said lord don’t let me
I said lord don’t let me let me down

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