How often is the number one song of the year actually the best? I actually wonder if that’s ever happened before. This epically enraged R&B thunderclap announced Adele as the genius-level pop star we’d been waiting for. No longer did we have to take moderate talents like Lady Gaga and pretend they were visionary geniuses: finally, here was the real deal. There were a lot of good things happening in pop music around this time…Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You”, the advent of Bruno Mars, a number of excellent Indie Rock crossover hits…but Adele ascending to her throne as the greatest pop star in the world was the best of all.