Subscribe Why Does Adele Make Us Cry?
We already know that Adele's Grammy Award-winning Someone Like You features on many iPods of the broken hearted and is a tearjerker - but did you know there's a scientific reason behind it all?
A study conducted by British psychologist John Sloboda about 20 years ago looked into why particular parts of songs triggered a physical reaction (such as tears and goosebumps). The result - certain songs contained a musical device called an "appoggiatura".
In music speak, it's a "type of ornamental note that clashes with the melody just enough to create a dissonant sound."
And Someone Like You is loaded with them.
The Wall Street Journal breaks the song down even further - fascinating stuff.
Songs are successful when they turn on the waterworks, written well and performed by Adele.