Something odd that I give too much thought to is what, when I'm 60, 'the youth' will consider the most impactful music of my generation. Who will be our Beatles? Madonna? Cher? Bowie?
I realise it's bold of me to assume the world wouldn't have gone up in a giant inferno by then, but can we suspend belief for a moment? The benefit of time is that as it goes on, the very best entertainment rises to the top while everything else gets left behind. I bet the 70s produced some bloody terrible music, but we don't need to remember it because we have Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd.
With this in mind, I don't believe the teens of 2052 will be listening to those Maroon 5 songs about memories, or animals, or a payphone. They won't even know what a payphone is. But I think the list of artists whose legacies will make it through the next few decades includes Adele.
Adele is a titan in the music industry no matter what way you look at it: in musical ability, commercial or critical success. With songs like 'Rolling in the Deep' and especially 2015's 'Hello', she became one of the most famous people in the world.
And when that happens, we - as in society as a collective - normally cannot wait to tear them down. For years, Adele subverted that.
I believe there are a few reasons she was successful at this. Firstly, her music appeals to people across generations. Even at 19, with the release of her debut, Adele's sound was 'mature'. In a world that constantly undermines young women, their interests and their feelings, she could masquerade as older.