This was the first song that Ryan Tedder came up with for Adele. He recalled to NME
: "The first day in the studio, I'd come up with an idea for 'Turning Tables' because the phrase reminded me of 'Chasing Pavements
'. We worked on the song, recorded it, and later that night I messaged her saying, 'I'm sitting here listening to your song and I'm covered in goosebumps.' And she wrote back saying, 'I'm sitting here listening to it and I'm crying. Maybe that's a good sign? That was when we really hit it off."