Maroon 5 is a pop-rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1994. The original members were vocalist Adam Levine, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden and drummer Ryan Dusick. When the group was originally formed, they were called Kara’s Flowers. The lineup has since changed, with Levine and Carmichael as the only remaining original members. Others in the current lineup include lead guitarist James Valentine, keyboardist PJ Morton, drummer Matt Flynn, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar. Since the band was formed, Maroon 5 has released seven studio albums, 22 music videos, three live albums, two compilations albums, one remix album, 33 singles, and six promotional singles. Here are the 10 best Maroon 5 songs of all time.
10. This Love (2004)
The second single released from Maroon 5’s debut album, ‘Songs About Jane,’ was ‘This Love,’ and Live About lists it as one of the best Maroon 5 songs. It was a top ten hit in the United States, the UK, Germany, Italy, Austria, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and France. Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael wrote the song, and it is about Levine’s break-up with an ex-girlfriend. After the song was released, Levine said that the aftermath of his break-up was an emotionally trying time. The music video for the song was released in two versions, with one showing a naked couple on the bed from the waist up and with the woman having her back to the camera. An alternative censored version in which the bodies are only partially seen through flowers.
9. She Will Be Loved (2004)
‘She Will Be Loved’ is a track from Maroon 5’s debut studio album, ‘Songs About Jane.’ It topped the Australian charts and peaked at number five in the United States and number four in the UK. The single was certified 4x Platinum in the United States. Adam Levine co-wrote the song with James Valentine, and the music video was about a mother-daughter love triangle and starred Kelly Preston.
8. Animals (2014)
‘Sugar’ was the third of four singles released from the album ‘V.’ It was Maroon 5’s tenth top ten single in the United States, peaking at number three. Adam Levine co-wrote the song with Benny Blanco and Shellback. The lyrics of this song are about the relationship Levine wants to have with his love interest, and there are animal-related double entendres.
7. Sugar (2015)
‘Sugar’ was most successful in the United States and Canada, where it reached number two on the charts, and it was certified as 8x Platinum in the United States. The track featured on Maroon 5’s fifth studio album ‘V.’ It was written by Adam Levine, Mike Posner, Jacob Kasher Hindling, Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Ammo. The latter two songwriters also produced the single. In the music video for this single, Maroon 5 are seen gate-crashing weddings.
6. Memories (2019)
The first single released from the album Jordi was ‘Memories,’ which was a top ten hit in countries including the UK, the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. It was also certified 3x Platinum. The music for this track is based on German composer Johann Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D Major,’ while the lyrics are about loss. It was written by Adam Levine, Michael Pollack, Jordan Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Vincent Ford, and Jon Bellion. It was the last Maroon 5 song to feature bassist Mickey Madden.
5. Payphone (2012)
‘Payphone’ topped the charts in the UK, Canada, and Italy. It was a track from the album ‘Overexposed,’ and it reached number one in the UK, Canada, and Italy, and number two in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The song was co-written by Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, Ammar Malik, Shellback, Rolopop, and Wiz Khalifa. The latter also featured on the track.
4. Makes Me Wonder (2007)
The first Maroon 5 song to reach the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 was ‘Makes Me Wonder,’ and it was also number one in Canada. It was the first single released from ‘It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,’ and it was certified 3x Platinum. This track was written by Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and Mickey Madden. It won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
3. One More Night (2012)
‘One More Night was a single released from the album ‘Exposed,’ and it was a number one hit on the charts in the United States and New Zealand. In the United States, it was certified 6x Platinum. The song was written by Adam Levine, Mex Martin, Savan Kotecha, and Shellback, and it is about a man not getting along with a woman but wanting her to stay for just one more night.
2. Girls Like You (2018)
U Discover Music lists ‘Girls Like You’ as one of the best Maroon 5 songs of all time. It is also one of the best examples of collaborations between Maroon 5 and another artist, as it features hip hop artist Cardi B. The success of the classic pop song was helped by an accompanying music video that featured celebrity cameos. It reached number one on the charts in the United States, Canada, France, and New Zealand.
1. Moves Like Jagger (2011)
The most commercially successful of Maroon 5’s songs is the 2015 single ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ and it was the fourth single released from the album ‘Hands All Over.’ It was a chart-topping hit in the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand and was also a top ten hit in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and the UK. The song features pop singer Christina Aguilera. As the name of this song suggests, the lyrics are inspired by legend Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones.