The 11 Stages Of Finally Learning To Love Adele's 'Hello'

See you on the other side.

So, you're a little late to the party. It's no big deal. It happens to everyone. Adele's "Hello" has been completely inescapable, and yet you have somehow managed to avoid hearing it amid all the buzz. Sometimes you just have to discover music on your own terms.

But discover it you do. And, oh man, when you finally hear Adele calling out from the other side, it strikes your soul the same way it struck the souls of the other 7 billion people on the planet. Seriously, how have you not heard this? No matter. Here's what happens when you finally get on board with the hottest song of the year.

  1. "Hello" is here.
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    And the whole world seems a bit more sepia-toned for it.

  2. But somehow you've managed to avoid hearing it.
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    You've been... busy...

  3. But you're ready now.
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    It's Adele-mania, and you need to see what it's all about.

  4. The time has come to finally listen.
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    You don't want to believe the hype -- you know how these things get blown out of proportion -- but you're sick of being out of the loop.

  5. You turn it on and let the music take control.
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    Hey, this is pretty good.

  6. Yeah, this is a solid tune.
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    You can totally understand why people are so excited about it.

  7. Hold up. This song is fantastic.
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    THIS IS WHAT MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT!

  8. You've got "Hello" on loop.
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    And you don't care who knows it.

  9. You have to share this with the world!
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    This song is fantastic, and Adele just gets you!

  10. Well, duh.
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    You're, like, two months behind. Everyone knows how great this song is already.

  11. But you know now.
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    And that's what matters.