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.
Maroon 5 reaches the Billboard top ten for the second time in the past month, first with ‘Maps‘ and now with ‘Animals.’
You can’t deny the ability of Adam Levine and company to churn out one hit after another, though I’ve never liked any of their smashes as much as the entirety of their debut album, Songs About Jane.
At #4 this week is Nico & Vinz, with the boring but popular ‘Am I Wrong?‘ Dropping to fifth place is Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem,’ my pick for Song of the Summer.
‘Problem’ spent awhile at #2, but was unable to unseat ‘Fancy’ for the top spot during that span. As Iggy Izalea raps on ‘Problem,’ that meant she occupied both of those positions for more than a month. She’s certainly the Artist of the Summer (a spot Pharrell earned last year, appearing on both ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Get Lucky’).