Entertainment Adele's 'Hello': Ranking it against Lionel Richie, Todd Rundgren and more Singer Adele's "Hello" holds its own against some other very famous "Hello" songs. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter By ROBERT SPUHLER. Special to amNewYork Updated October 26, 2015 4:58 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The long-awaited return of British singer Adele began last Friday with a new single, "Hello," and a video to accompany the ballad. After the news spread and the tears were shed (it's an Adele song, after all), the Internet memes started, including a video combining the new "Hello" with one of its predecessors, Lionel Richie's 1984 smash hit of the same name. But Richie didn't invent using the salutation as a song title, nor was he the last to do so. Adele's track is the latest in a canon of compositions, each called "Hello" (or a close relative thereof). Where does the Grammy winner's newest rank? We put it head-to-head against some of our favorites dating back to 1968, giving the case for each -- and why Adele's might just be better. 'Hello'-- Lionel Richie Richie wins because: It was the first song almost everyone thought about after hearing the title of Adele's comeback single. Adele wins because: There are no clay busts of her head in her music video, nor does she stalk a blind student. 'Hello' --Ice Cube (feat. Dr. Dre and MC Ren) Ice Cube wins because: The NWA reunion track sees the trio of emcees at their bragging best ("I started this gangsta [expletive]"). Adele wins because: It's much more likely to end up in karaoke catalogs, thanks to one or two (or 20, or 30, or …) fewer profanities. 'Hello' -- Martin Solveig (feat. Dragonette) Solveig wins because: The shimmering offspring of '90s Euro-pop and modern house gets a huge boost from the underrated Canadian synth-pop trio Dragonette. Adele wins because: You had probably already forgotten about Solveig's version, which was one of the top dance singles in the world in 2010. House music can age poorly. 'Hello, I Love You' -- The Doors The Doors wins because: "Hello, I Love You" is one of the most recognizable Doors songs of all time, along with being a No. 1 hit for the band. Adele wins because: Her "Hello" wasn't largely stolen from the Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night." 'Hello, It's Me' -- Todd Rundgren Rundgren wins because: The musician and producer's biggest pop hit is the aural equivalent of getting high while sitting on shag carpet in a friend's basement. Adele wins because: Her "Hello" will unquestionably be the best version of the song, while Rundgren's track got a show-stealing cover version by The Isley Brothers. By ROBERT SPUHLER. Special to amNewYork Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.