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Adele and Sam Smith are revered U.K. superstars, converging pop and soul into a soft adult contemporary sound. It was Adele's raspy, deep and powerful vocals that turned her into an international phenomenon. Her albums "21" and "25" are Diamond-certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. Sam is known for his smooth vocals. He broke out with pop hit "Stay with Me," featured on his Grammy-winning debut album "In the Lonely Hour." Who's your favorite U.K. pop-soul singer of the '10s? 🎤

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Adele rose to prominence in 2008 with her internationally successful hit "Chasing Pavements," the second single from her critically acclaimed debut album "19." "Chasing Pavements" is regarded as Adele's first entry in the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., peaking at #21. It's also the single that turned Adele into a respected pop-soul singer. The bluesy pop song is based on Adele's experience with an ex-boyfriend who cheated on her. Initially, some Americans thought the song was about her chasing after gay men. But Adele confirmed the song is about whether or not to pursue a relationship with an attractive guy. The smash is sampled in Machine Gun Kelly's song of the same name.

Adele not only garnered her first commercially-successful single, she won many accolades. "Chasing Pavements" turned Adele into a Grammy Award-winning queen. The song was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, but she won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Adele also walked away with Best New Artist.

Watch the music video to "Chasing Pavements" below. 

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Sam rose to prominence as a featured artist on house duo Disclosure's "Latch" in 2012. The single peaked at #11 on the U.K. Singles Chart in 2012. The song eventually became a hit in the United States. In 2014, "Latch" peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is about falling deeply in love with someone and that crazy feeling that takes over.

Sam was initially hesitant to be featured on the track because he's not a house, electronic or dance artist. But the song remained relevant two years after its original release, just around the time Sam started to blow up in the U.S. The magic on "Latch" was real; the smash led to future collaboration "Omen" between Sam and Disclosure. Although Sam would become known as "Boy Adele," the song definitely showed the versatility in his vocal range. Some fans would argue his vocal range is even wider than Adele's range.

Watch the music video to "Latch" below.

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We all thought Adele's debut album was big in the late '00s, but we hadn't seen anything yet. Her sophomore album "21" was led by the mega-smash "Rolling in the Deep." The single not only topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2011 but according to Billboard, it became the biggest Hot 100 song of the year.

"Rolling in the Deep" won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. "Someone Like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain" also topped the Hot 100; the former received the first Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance in 2012.

Check out the music video to "Rolling in the Deep" below.

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While "Latch" jump-started Sam's career, "Stay with Me" turned Sam into an international pop-soul superstar. The single topped the U.K. Singles Chart and peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 in 2014. The soulful pop ballad also features gospel elements.

"Stay with Me" details the emotions behind a one night stand. Sam won Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for the "Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)" at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, following in Adele's footsteps. Also like Adele, Sam won Best New Artist at the Grammys in 2015. Although he has publicly said the comparisons annoy him, fans see similarities in both their sounds and successes. Others simply prefer his softer and smoother vocal range over Adele's rich and raspier tone.

Check out the music video to "Stay with Me" below. 

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Favorite U.K. pop-soul singer of the '10s: Adele or Sam Smith?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamAdele
#TeamSamSmith