|“Oh My God”|
|Single by Adele|
from the album 30
|Released||November 29, 2021|
|Genre||Pop, dance-pop, R&B|
|Writer(s)||Adele Adkins, 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 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. 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,” it was announced that “Oh My God” would be released as the album’s second single. It was sent to adult contemporary radio on November 29 and contemporary hit radio on November 30.
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 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.’||”|
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. The New York Post compared the bluesy undertones of “Oh My God” to previous singles “Rolling in the Deep” and “Rumour Has It.” 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 sounds of modern pop music.
“Oh My God” debuted at #3 on the Billboard Global 200 with 57.6 million streams and 5,200 sold worldwide. With “Easy On Me” at #1 and “I Drink Wine” debuting at #10, Adele held three simultaneous top-ten hits on the chart. “Oh My God” also debuted at #7 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. with 34.1 million streams and 1,700 sold outside the U.S., marking Adele’s second top-ten song on the chart.
In the week following 30’s release, Billboard reported that “Oh My God” was one of three Adele songs — including “Easy on Me” and “My Little Love” — competing for the #1 spot on the UK singles chart, with “Oh My God” ultimately debuting at #2. “Oh My God” also debuted at #1 on the UK’s Official Trending Chart.
Prior to officially being announced as a single, “Oh My God” started receiving radio airplay across the United States. It officially debuted at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Adele’s sixth top-five hit and ninth top-ten hit. It also debuted at #3 on Streaming Songs with 24.2 million streams, and #28 on Digital Song Sales with 3,300 downloads sold and 6.8 million earned in airplay audience. Additionally, “Oh My God” reached #11 on the Adult Pop Airplay and #16 on the Pop Airplay charts.
On January 6, 2022, Adele posted a snippet from the music video for “Oh My God” on her social media accounts, announcing its release on January 12. Later that week, she posted a behind-the-scenes still from the video. Directed by Sam Brown, the black-and-white clip features callbacks to several of Adele’s earlier music videos — most notably, the Brown-directed “Rolling in the Deep” video — and has been described as having a “variety show feel.”
- Adele Daily ³⁰ on Twitter: “THREAD: Credits of writing/production on ‘30.’” / Twitter
- Adele's '30' Tracklist Revealed, Featuring the Amazing 'I Drink Wine' - Variety
- Adele Daily ³⁰ on Twitter: “Adele’s “Oh My God” has debuted at #1 on Today’s Top Hits, the biggest playlist on Spotify.” / Twitter
- Adele Daily ³⁰ 😱 on Twitter: "“Oh My God” is now the 2nd official single off Adele’s “30”." / Twitter
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- Adele’s ‘Oh My God’ Is Our Song Of The Week | Consequence of Sound
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- Adele dominates UK charts with double No 1, highest first week sales since 2017 | Adele | The Guardian
- Adele’s Oh My God surges to Number 1 on Official Trending Chart | Official Charts
- Adele Stats ³⁰ on Twitter: "Despite having no impact date yet, “Oh My God” is already being played on US radios." / Twitter
- Adele Charts All 12 Tracks From ’30’ on Billboard Hot 100 – Billboard
- Adele’s ‘Easy on Me’ Rebounds for Fifth Week Atop Billboard Hot 100 – Billboard
- Adele - Oh My God (Clip) - YouTube
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- Adele Fans Spot Parallels to Past Music Videos – Billboard
- Watch Adele's New 'Oh My God' Video - Rolling Stone