“Set Fire to the Rain” is a song by British singer Adele from her second studio album 21. Written by Adele and the producer of the track Fraser T Smith, the power ballad was released as the second single from the album in Europe. It was released as the third single in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2011, where the song peaked at number 11. The song has peaked at number one in Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the United States. The song has charted within the top 10 of Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland.
“Set Fire to the Rain” was released on 21 November 2011 as 21’s third official single in the United States and later peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is the third consecutive number-one single of the same album; the last female singer who achieved this was Katy Perry in 2010 when “Firework” hit number one. Adele is the first female British artist in history to have three consecutive US number ones. With “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” Adele logged a total of 14 weeks atop of the Billboard Hot 100, this is the most number of weeks at number one a British female artist has had from a different album. The song was voted by readers of Billboard as their favorite number one hit of 2012. Additionally, while “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” were all US number ones, only “Someone like You” was a UK number one; “Set Fire to the Rain” didn’t reach the top ten.
Adele’s live version of the song, from the DVD Live at the Royal Albert Hall, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.