20 Best Songs By Maroon 5

By Nico Gonzalez

When it comes to popular music, few bands have had the staying power of Maroon 5. Since forming in 1994, they have released six albums and achieved widespread success with hits like “Harder to Breathe,” “This Love” and “Moves Like Jagger.” While their sound has evolved over the years, their music has always been rooted in soulful pop and rock. Here are 20 of their best songs, listed in chronological order.


Payphone – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Payphone ft. Wiz Khalifa (Explicit) (Official Music Video)

The song “Payphone” by Maroon 5 tells the story of a relationship that has ended and the singer’s attempts to rekindle it. The song starts with the singer waiting at a payphone for his former lover to call him back. He reflects on all of the time and effort that he put into the relationship, and how it has all gone to waste. He then tries to convince himself that he is better off without her, but he still can’t help but hope that she will call him back. In the end, he decides that he is better off without her and leaves the payphone behind. The song is a sad reflection on a failed relationship, but it also has an optimistic message about moving on from heartbreak.

Sugar – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Sugar (Official Music Video)

Sugar is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released on January 13, 2015, as the lead single from their fifth studio album, V. The song’s lyrics describe the feeling of falling in love with someone who is addicted to the high of love, and compare it to a drug. The music video features the band performing in a wedding hall, with frontman Adam Levine playing the bridegroom and model Behati Prinsloo playing the bride. The video was well-received, with many critics praising its originality and humor. Sugar was a commercial success, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming one of the best-selling singles of 2015.

Girls Like You – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Girls Like You ft. Cardi B (Official Music Video)

Released in early 2018, “Girls Like You” is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song quickly rose to the top of the Billboard charts, becoming one of the band’s most successful singles to date. “Girls Like You” is an ode to female empowerment, with lead singer Adam Levine singing about all the different types of women he finds intriguing and attractive. The song features a catchy chorus and an up-tempo beat, making it a favorite among fans of Maroon 5’s signature pop sound.

Cold – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Cold ft. Future (Official Music Video)

Released in February 2014, “Cold” is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song is the third single from the band’s fifth studio album, V. The lyrics of “Cold” describe the narrator’s feeling of being disconnected from his partner, and the frustration he feels as a result. The song’s music video was directed by David Dobkin, and it features lead singer Adam Levine walking through the streets of Los Angeles alone, affected by the city’s cold atmosphere. 

Animals – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Animals (Official Music Video)

“Animals” is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song was released on August 25, 2014 as the lead single from the band’s fifth studio album V (2014). “Animals” was written by Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, and Shellback; the latter two are also the producers. The song’s lyrical content serves as a commentary on society’s levels of self-involvement and scrutiny, while its musical composition features various electronic components.

Memories – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Memories (Official Video)

Memories by Maroon 5 is a heart-wrenching ballad about the pain of lost love. The lyrics reflect on past happy times spent with a former partner, and the singer’s regrets at not being able to save the relationship. The song has a slow, mourning melody that reflects the singer’s sadness, and the chorus is particularly poignant, with the lyrics “I wish I could forget about you/forget about you/remembering is torture for me.” memories is a moving and relatable song that will resonate with anyone who has experienced a painful breakup. It is a testament to the power of music to capture and express the complex emotions of love and loss.

This Love – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - This Love (Official Music Video)

This Love is a song by Maroon 5, released in 2002 as their debut single. The song is built around a piano-led strut, with lyrics describing the beginning of a new relationship. Some of the distinctive elements of the song include its use of genre-defying catchy hooks and Adam Levine’s falsetto vocals. The emotional tone of the song has been described as sad and nostalgic, with Levine’s lyrics exploring failed relationships and heartache. Despite its dark lyrical subject matter, the song was a commercial success, peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition, the song won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2004.

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger ft. Christina Aguilera (Official Music Video)

The song “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 became an instant success when it was released in 2011. The catchy tune and upbeat lyrics helped the song to quickly climb the charts, and it ultimately peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition to its commercial success, the song also received positive reviews from critics. Many praised Adam Levine’s vocals, as well as the song’s fun and carefree sound. “Moves Like Jagger” ultimately went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It is clear that the song was a massive success, both critically and commercially. And, almost 10 years after its release, it still continues to be a fan favorite.

Misery – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Misery (Official Music Video)

Misery by Maroon 5 is a song about the difficulties of a relationship. The lyrics describe the feeling of being stuck in a relationship that is no longer good for you. The song reflects the frustration and desperation that can come with being in a toxic relationship. The lyrics express the desire to get out of the relationship, but also the fear of being alone. The song speaks to the universal experience of being in a bad relationship and wanting to find a way out. Misery is a relatable song for anyone who has ever been in a difficult situation with a partner. The song provides comfort and understanding for anyone who is struggling in an unhappy relationship.

One More Night – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - One More Night (Official Music Video)

“One More Night” is a song by American band Maroon 5, from their fourth studio album Overexposed (2012). The song was released on June 19, 2012, as the second single from the album. It was written by frontman Adam Levine, Shellback, Savan Kotecha, and Amir Zeineddin. The track features a prominent ukulele riff and is built around an organic one-drop rhythm. “One More Night” received generally positive reviews from music critics.

Maps – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Maps (Explicit) (Official Music Video)

“Maps” is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song was released on June 16, 2014, as the lead single from their fifth studio album, V. The song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s lyrics are about the lost love of a woman. “Maps” received generally positive reviews from music critics, with many praising the song’s catchy hook and chorus. however, some criticized the song for its lyrical content. Regardless, “Maps” remains one of Maroon 5’s most popular songs and has been a staple of their live performances.

She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved (Official Music Video)

Released in June 2004, “She Will Be Loved” is a pop ballad written by Adam Levine and performed by American band Maroon 5. The song tells the story of a man who is in love with a woman who is already in a relationship with someone else. Despite knowing that he is not the woman’s primary partner, the man remains hopeful that she will eventually come to love him. The song was a commercial success, reaching the top 10 in many countries and earning a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. “She Will Be Loved” remains one of Maroon 5’s most popular songs and is often considered to be a modern classic.

Beautiful Goodbye – Maroon 5

Beautiful Goodbye is a ballad by American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song was released on June 25, 2013, as the fourth single from their fourth studio album, Overexposed (2012). The song was written by frontman Adam Levine and produced by Mike Elizondo. “Beautiful Goodbye” is a mid-tempo ballad with an overall longing theme. The song starts off with a slow piano melody and builds up to a more anthemic sound towards the end.

Beautiful Mistakes – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Beautiful Mistakes ft. Megan Thee Stallion (Official Music Video)

“Beautiful Mistakes” is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song was released on March 3, 2021, as the second single from the band’s seventh studio album, Jordan (2021). Written by frontman Adam Levine and produced by longtime collaborator Sam Hollander, “Beautiful Mistakes” is a synth-pop track that lyrically finds Levine admitting his mistakes in a relationship and begging for forgiveness. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, many of whom praised its 1980s retro sound.

What Lovers Do – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - What Lovers Do ft. SZA (Official Music Video)

What Lovers Do is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released on August 30, 2017, as the lead single from the band’s sixth studio album, Red Pill Blues (2017). The song peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song was written by Adam Levine, Starrah, Benjamin Levin, and its producers French duo Bindefeld and Jeff Bhasker. “What Lovers Do” is a synth-driven production that features elements of new wave and disco. The song’s lyrics are about sexual intercourse and contain numerous double entendres.

Don’t Wanna Know – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know ft. Kendrick Lamar (Audio)

“Don’t Wanna Know” is a 2016 hit song by American pop band Maroon 5. The song was co-written by singer Adam Levine and produced by the Swedish production duo Stargate. It was released as the lead single from the band’s sixth studio album, Red Pill Blues (2017). The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and topped the charts in eleven other countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Sunday Morning – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning (Closed Captioned)

“Sunday Morning” is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released on December 18, 2004, as the fourth single from their debut studio album, Songs About Jane (2002). The song peaked at number 31 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. The music video features Adam Levine and his then-girlfriend, model Kelly McKee, in bed together. 

The lyrics of “Sunday Morning” are about young love and trying to resist the urge to stay in bed all day with your partner.

Won’t Go Home Without You – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Won't Go Home Without You (Official Music Video)

“Won’t Go Home Without You” is a song by the American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released in 2007 as the third single from their second studio album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007). The song was written by band members Adam Levine and James Valentine and produced by Mike Elizondo. Lyrically, the song is about a relationship coming to an end and the protagonist vowing not to leave without his lover. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised its catchiness and radio-friendly sound.

Makes Me Wonder – Maroon 5

“Makes Me Wonder” is a song by Maroon 5 that was released in 2007. The song was written by frontman Adam Levine and keyboardist Jesse Carmichael. The song is about the hollowness of success and the shallowness of Hollywood. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band’s first number-one single. “Makes Me Wonder” won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The music video for the song was directed by David LaChapelle and features the band performing in a boxing ring. “Makes Me Wonder” is considered to be one of Maroon 5’s signature songs.

Lucky Strike – Maroon 5

Lucky Strike is a song recorded by American pop rock band Maroon 5 for their fifth studio album, V (2014). The song was written by Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, and Shellback, with production handled by the latter two. “Lucky Strike” is a synth-driven disco rock track with elements of a new wave. The lyrics of the song center around the theme of chance meetings. Upon its release, “Lucky Strike” received generally positive reviews from music critics. The song peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s eleventh top 40 entry in the country.