From the Spices to Scott: Adele Reveals Her Musical Influences

Not surprisingly, the women who've inspired the soulful Brit are a mixed bag. Read more about them in PEOPLE's collector's edition Adele: 2016 World Tour is on sale now in stores and on Amazon.com

01 of 07

ETTA JAMES & ELLA FITZGERALD

ETTA JAMES & ELLA FITZGERALD
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The singer discovered that music was her calling in life after listening to old records from the vocal legends. "She was the ultimate original," Adele wrote on her website of James. "Her voice was breathtaking." And "I love Ella," she told a reporter in 2011. "When I listened to the Ettas and the Ellas, it was like an awakening. I was so inspired, it was a real spur to doing this."

02 of 07

LAURYN HILL

LAURYN HILL
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Of Hill's album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Adele said, "I was constantly wondering when I would be that passionate about something."

03 of 07

MADONNA

MADONNA
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Adele loves Madonna, and cites her 1998 album Ray of Light as an inspiration for 25. "That's the record Madonna wrote after having her first child, and for me it's the best."

04 of 07

GABRIELLE

GABRIELLE
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"Embarrassingly my mum made me an eye patch with sequins to look like her," said Adele, who sang a tune by Gabrielle in her first public performance, in grade school.

05 of 07

JILL SCOTT

JILL SCOTT
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"She is my favorite live singer," Adele shared of Philadelphia soul stylist Scott, whose single "A Long Walk" captivated audiences – and Adele, of course – in 2009. "Her voice makes this song come across like pure poetry. I play this when I want to let loose in my living room and sing and relax."

06 of 07

THE SPICE GIRLS

THE SPICE GIRLS
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Music wasn't the only reason Adele loved the Spice Girls. "It was a real important part of my life," she explained. "Girl power and just five ordinary girls who did so well and just got out."

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