Set Fire to the Rain

original song written and composed by Adele and Fraser T. Smith

"Set Fire to the Rain" is the second hit song from Adele's second album 21. It was her third number-one single in the United States. It hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100, becoming her third song to do so. It reached number 12 on the year-end chart of 2012 in the US. It has also been certified quadruple-Platinum for shipments of over four million copies in the US.[1]

"Set Fire to the Rain"
Song by Adele
from the album 21
Released4 July 2011
Producer(s)Fraser T. Smith
Adele singles chronology
"Someone Like You"
"Set Fire to the Rain"
"Rumour Has It"

Music video


No proper music video was shot for "Set Fire to the Rain" (as well as other singles from 21, "Rumor Has It" and "Turning Tables") as Adele had recently undergone vocal surgery.[source?] Instead, a live performance video was uploaded to her Vevo account and has received more than 380 million views as of October 2017.


Year Ceremony Category Result
2013 55th Annual Grammy Awards Best Pop Solo Performance Won
(Live version of the song)

Credits and personnel


Credits are taken from 21 liner notes.

  • AdeleSongwriting, vocals
  • Fraser T. Smith – Songwriting, production, mixer, bass guitar, piano
  • Eleanor Mathieson, Hayley Pomfrett, Jenny Sacha, Jo Allen, Kotono Sato, Natalia Bonner, Rustom Pomeroy, Stephanie Cavey, Wired Stringsviolin
  • Amy Stanford, Emma Owens, Jane Oliver, Lucy Shaw – strings
  • Isabel Seeliger-Morley, Beatriz Artola, Steve Price – engineers
  • Ash Soan – drums
  • Rosie Danvers – string arrangement, strings[2]

Release history

Region Date Format
Austria[3] 4 July 2011 Digital EP—remixes
United Kingdom[6]
United States 21 November 2011 AC radio[7]
5 December 2011 Triple A radio[8]
13 December 2011 Top 40/Mainstream radio[9]


  1. "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  2. "Adele (3) - 21". Discogs. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  3. "Set Fire to the Rain (Remixes) – EP von Adele" (in German). iTunes Store (Austria). Apple Inc. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  4. "Set Fire to the Rain: Adele: MP3-Downloads". Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Set Fire to the Rain (Remixes) – EP di Adele" (in Italian). iTunes Store (Italy). Apple Inc. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  6. Corner, Lewis (9 June 2011). "Adele confirms new single 'Set Fire to the Rain'". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi Médias. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  7. "R&R :: Going For Adds :: AC". R&R magazine. 21 November 2011. Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  8. "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations, Independent Artist Song Releases". Archived from the original on 5 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  9. "R&R :: Going For Adds :: CHR/Top 40". R&R magazine. 13 December 2011. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2011.

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