Song of the Day #4,164: ‘Memories’ – Maroon 5

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Hope you are all able to enjoy this day with family and friends.

Today’s song lines up nicely with the holiday, as the #9 Billboard hit this week is Maroon 5’s ‘Memories,’ a gentle tune about holding on to the memories of the people we’ve loved. It’s in keeping with the band’s shift into more mellow territory on recent releases. Its chorus even nods to Pachelbel’s classical staple ‘Canon in D.’

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Song of the Day #3,680: ‘Girls Like You’ – Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B

Cardi B shows up again in Billboard’s #2 spot, in support of Maroon 5 on the song ‘Girl Like You.’ Maroon 5 is such a consistent hit machine at this point it’s almost silly. No other band churns out hooky pop tunes like this one. They have had 29 songs on the Hot 100, 14 in the Top Ten and three at #1.

‘Girls Like You’ is a good song but an even better video. Edited to look like one unbroken take, the video puts Adam Levine in the middle of a room as a succession of notable women appear and disappear behind him. Gal Gadot, Camila Cabello, Ellen DeGeneres, Tiffany Haddish, Aly Raisman and on and on. Here’s a list of all 26 women in the order they appear.

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Song of the Day #3,066: ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ – Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar

maroon_5Maroon 5 have become one of the more reliable hit-makers in pop music today, good for at least one memorable jam per year. Over the past five years, they’ve delivered ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ ‘Payphone,’ ‘One More Night,’ ‘Daylight,’ ‘Maps,’ ‘Animals,’ ‘Sugar’ and 2015’s ‘This Summer.’

‘Don’t Wanna Know is their first 2016 single and its just harmless and catchy enough to make some Billboard waves. This week it’s at #10, right above D.R.A.M.’s horrific ‘Broccoli.’

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Song of the Day #2,452: ‘Not Coming Home’ – Maroon 5

maroon_5_songs_about_janeThe Random iTunes Fairy does like to repeat herself on occasion, and this week she’s following up last weekend’s Maroon 5 post with another cut from the band’s debut album, Songs About Jane.

My remarks from last week remain true seven days later… this album represents the best work Maroon 5 has done to date and I wish they’d return to this sound.

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Song of the Day #2,445: ‘Shiver’ – Maroon 5

maroon_5_songs_about_janeDespite Maroon 5’s bevy of hit singles since Adam Levine took to his red chair on The Voice, I don’t believe they’ve ever topped their debut album.

2002’s Songs About Jane is alternately jazzy and muscular, a sleek and sexy song cycle that delivers from its first note to its last.

The band’s recent music is no less catchy but perhaps a bit too polished. Levine and company have become master pop craftsmen — there’s little doubt that a new Maroon 5 song will stick both in your head and on the charts — but their music lacks the sense of adventure that typified this record.

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Song of the Day #2,428: ‘Sugar’ – Maroon 5

maroon_5_sugarIn Billboard’s third spot this week is Maroon 5 with ‘Sugar.’ This is the eighth straight single the band has landed in the top ten.

More interesting than the song, which is a highly enjoyable pop soul confection, is the music video. Adam Levine recruited Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin to film the band crashing a series of weddings on a single day in Los Angeles.

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