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.’
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.
This is the 13th song Maroon 5 has landed in the top ten since 2004, with 10 of those coming in the past seven years (how many numbers can I fit into one sentence?!). This band is a pop juggernaut.
Maroon 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.’
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.
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.
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.