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“Oh My God”
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Single by Adele
from the album 30
Released November 29, 2021
Genre Pop, dance-pop, R&B
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” would 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 sounds of modern pop music.[12]

Commercial performance[]

“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.[13]

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.[14] “Oh My God” also debuted at #1 on the UK’s Official Trending Chart.[15]

Prior to officially being announced as a single, “Oh My God” started receiving radio airplay across the United States.[16] It officially debuted at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Adele’s sixth top-five hit and ninth top-ten hit.[17] 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.[18]

Music video[]

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.[19] Later that week, she posted a behind-the-scenes still from the video.[20] 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 Deepvideo[21] — and has been described as having a “variety show feel.”[22]

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

References[]

  1. Adele Daily ³⁰ on Twitter: “THREAD: Credits of writing/production on ‘30.’” / Twitter
  2. Adele's '30' Tracklist Revealed, Featuring the Amazing 'I Drink Wine' - Variety
  3. 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
  4. Adele Daily ³⁰ 😱 on Twitter: "“Oh My God” is now the 2nd official single off Adele’s “30”." / Twitter
  5. Hot/Modern/AC Future Releases | Hot Adult Contemporary Rock Songs and Release Dates – AllAccess
  6. Top 40/M Future Releases | Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release Dates – AllAccess
  7. Adele on Her New Album, ‘30,’ Divorce, Tour - Rolling Stone
  8. Adele on the raw emotion on her 2021 album, ‘30’ | Audacy
  9. Adele Admits All-Too-Relatable Dating Difficulties: ‘Like, OMG I’m Single’ | On Air with Ryan Seacrest | Ryan Seacrest
  10. Adele’s ‘Oh My God’ Is Our Song Of The Week | Consequence of Sound
  11. Adele ‘30’ review: A voice even richer, more raw, emotional | The New York Post
  12. Adele’s ‘30’ Album Review: Her Rawest, Riskiest and Best Record - Variety
  13. Adele’s ‘Easy on Me’ Lands Fifth Week Atop Billboard Global Charts – Billboard
  14. Adele dominates UK charts with double No 1, highest first week sales since 2017 | Adele | The Guardian
  15. Adele’s Oh My God surges to Number 1 on Official Trending Chart | Official Charts
  16. Adele Stats ³⁰ on Twitter: "Despite having no impact date yet, “Oh My God” is already being played on US radios." / Twitter
  17. Adele Charts All 12 Tracks From ’30’ on Billboard Hot 100 – Billboard
  18. Adele’s ‘Easy on Me’ Rebounds for Fifth Week Atop Billboard Hot 100 – Billboard
  19. Adele - Oh My God (Clip) - YouTube
  20. Adele on Twitter: “Oh My God Video - January 12” / Twitter
  21. Adele Fans Spot Parallels to Past Music Videos – Billboard
  22. Watch Adele's New 'Oh My God' Video - Rolling Stone
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