Oldest Maroon 5 Songs

11 Oldest Maroon 5 Songs

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Like many popular bands and musicians, Maroon 5 started out as a high school band formed by Adam Levine, Ryan Dusick, Jesse Carmichael, and Mickey Madden in 1994. Initially, the group was called Kara’s Flowers after a girl that the band collectively had a crush on. While Kara’s Flowers did self-release an album in 1994 titled We Like Digging?, it is so obscure that less than 500 copies reportedly exist.

The band released its first real album, The Fourth Wall, the following year and signed with Reprise Records. They only released one single “Soap Disco,” which along with the whole album, was basically a flop.

After taking some time to re-brand as Maroon 5 and find a new sound and member, Jesse Valentine, Maroon 5’s first official album, Songs About Jane, was a smash hit. Many of the singles released from this album are Maroon 5’s most popular songs, selling millions of copies around the world. Over 25 years later, Maroon 5 is still going strong.

11. “Misery”

Year Released: June 22, 2010
Album:  Hands All Over
Writer(s):  Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and Sam Farrar
Label: A&M Octone Records
Producer(s): CRobert John “Mutt” Lange

photo source: Wikipedia

“Misery” was the first big hit that Maroon 5 had “Makes Me Wonder” was released in 2007. It was the first song from the band’s third album, Hands All Over and was released on June 22, 2010. “Misery” peaked at No. 14 on Billboard’s U.S. Hot 100 list and No. 1 on the Adult Top 40 chart. As of 2014, over 2 million copies of “Misery” have been sold, making it a double platinum single.

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The music video for “Misery” was directed by Joseph Kahn and features a lot of violence, committed by the female lead played by Russian model Anne Vyalitsyna, against the members of Maroon 5. The UK version of the music video was censored and the violence was replaced with cartoon-like graphics.


10. “If I Never See Your Face Again”

Year Released: May 2, 2008
Album:  It Won’t Be Soon Before Long and Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
Writer(s):  Adam Levine and James Valentine
Label: A&M Octone Records
Producer(s): Mark Endert, Mike Elizondo, Mark “Spike” Stent, C “Tricky” Stewart, and Maroon 5

photo source: Wikipedia

Originally, “If I Never See Your Face Again” was featured on It Won’t Be Soon Before Long without Rihanna and is the fourth sing from that album. When It Won’t Be Soon Before Long was re-released in 2008, “If I Never See Your Face Again” was updated to include vocals from Rihanna. It is the only song featuring a collaboration on Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, a re-release of her third studio album.

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Initially, “If I Never See Your Face Again” was intended to be a duet with Janet Jackson and appear on her Discipline album, but the duet was dropped following label problems.


9. “Won’t Go Home Without You”

Year Released: November 19, 2007
Album:  It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
Writer(s):  Adam Levine
Label: A&M Octone Records
Producer(s): Mike Elizondo, Mark “Spike” Stent, and Maroon 5

photo source: Wikipedia

“Won’t Go Home Without You” is a ballad that was the third single from It Won’t Be Soon Before Long and was released in the fall of 2007. A few months before “Won’t Go Home Without You” was released, Maroon 5 asked fans to send in homemade videos that the band could use for the song’s music video. “Won’t Go Home Without You” was fairly successful and reached No. 48 on Billboard’s U.S. Hot 100 and has sold over 1.65 million copies since the last count in 2014.

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The guitar undertone “Won’t Go Home Without You” is based on The Police single “Every Breath You Take.”


8. “Wake Up Call”

Year Released: July 17, 2007
Album:  It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
Writer(s):  Adam Levine and James Valentine
Label: A&M Octone Records
Producer(s): Mike Elizondo, Mark “Spike” Stent, Sam Farrar, and Mark Endert

Wake Up Callphoto source: Wikipedia

“Wake Up Call” was the next single from It Won’t Be Soon Before Long after “Makes Me Wonder.” It was Maroon 5’s summer song of 2007. The song only reached No. 19 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, but the song has sold nearly 2 million copies since 2014. This makes “Wake Up Call” a double platinum song despite not really being one of the band’s more popular songs.

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Maroon 5 requested that Mary J. Blige and Mark Ronson work on the official remix of “Wake Up Call,” which was November 13, 2007 and included on the band’s Call and Response: The Remix Album (2008).


7. “Makes Me Wonder”

Year Released: March 27, 2007
Album:  It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
Writer(s):  Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and Mickey Madden
Label: A&M Octone Records
Producer(s): Mark Endert and Maroon 5

Makes Me Wonderphoto source: Wikipedia

“Makes Me Wonder” was the first single from Maroon 5’s second official album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, and was released on March 27, 2007. Adam Levine had written parts of “Makes Me Wonder” years before the song came out, but the band re-worked the song before putting it on their new album.

Although “Makes Me Wonder” received mixed reviews from critics, it was the first No. 1 hit for Maroon 5. At the time of its release, “Makes Me Wonder” set a record for the biggest jump to number-one in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, rising from number 64 to number one. “Makes Me Wonder” was No. 1 for a total of three weeks.

Did You Know?

According to Maroon 5, the lyrics of “Makes Me Wonder” have two meanings; while it is a love song, it also has heavily disguised political undertones especially frustration at the state of politics and the United States’ role in the war in Iraq.


6. “Must Get Out”

Year Released: April 5, 2005
Album:  Songs About Jane
Writer(s):  Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael
Label: A&M Octone Records
Producer(s): Matt Wallace

Must Get Outphoto source: Wikipedia

“Must Get Out” is the fifth and final single to come out from Songs About Jane and it debuted about three years after the album first came out. Although “Must Get Out” is considered a good song, it did not chart as well as the other Songs About Jane singles, but was in the top 40 of Ireland, the UK, Scotland, and New Zealand. However, “Must Get Out” was one Maroon 5’s most successful singles in the Netherlands, reaching No. 8 in the country.

Did You Know?

“Must Get Out” is the only single from Songs About Jane to have an official live music video.


5. “Sunday Morning”

Year Released: November 8, 2004
Album:  Songs About Jane
Writer(s):  Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael
Label: A&M Octone Records
Producer(s): Matt Wallace

Sunday Morningphoto source: Wikipedia

While “Sunday Morning” has not been quite as successful as the first three singles released from Songs About Jane, the song has sold over 1,454,000 copies in the U.S., making it double platinum. “Sunday Morning” peaked at No. 31 in the United States and at No. 27 in the UK and Australia. “Sunday Morning” was featured in the film Something’s Gotta Give and on the American version of the soundtrack for Love Actually.

Did You Know?

The music video for “Sunday Morning” features scenes of numerous people singing the song at a karaoke bar. Maroon 5 got the idea for the video after they noticed that their songs were on the karaoke list at a Japanese bar.


4. “She Will Be Loved”

Year Released: June 8, 2004
Album:  Songs About Jane
Writer(s):  Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael
Label: A&M Octone Records
Producer(s): Matt Wallace

photo source: Wikipedia


“She Will Be Loved” was just as popular as the previous two singles released from Songs About Jane. Like “This Love,” “She Will Be Loved” hit No. 5 on Billboard’s U.S. Top 100 chart, but also reached No. 1 on both Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts.

On April 8, 2011, “She Will Be Loved” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold 3,197,000 copies in the US as of June 15, 2014 – it is now 4x platinum in the U.S.

Did You Know?

“She Will Be Loved” has appeared in numerous TV shows, including One Tree Hill, Smallville, Medium, The 4400, House of Lies, Dancing with the Stars, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, What I Like About You and The Sopranos.


3. “This Love”

Year Released: January 27, 2004
Album:  Songs About Jane
Writer(s):  Adam Levine, Ryan Dusick, Mickey Madden, James Valentine, and Jesse Carmichael
Label: A&M Octone Records
Producer(s): Mark Wallace and Mark Endert

This Lovephoto source: Wikipedia

“This Love” was the second single released from Maroon 5’s debut album, Songs About Jane. The single was released at the beginning of 2004, about a year and a half after Songs About Jane came out. While the whole band is credited with writing “This Love,” the song is about Adam Levine’s breakup, which happened right before Maroon 5 started recording the album.

“This Love” reached No. 5 on the Billboard’s U.S. Hot 100 list and also entered the top ten in 12 countries including the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and Australia.

Did You Know?

To date, “This Love” is one of Maroon 5’s most successful songs and won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 2006 Grammy Awards.


2. “Harder to Breath”

Year Released: July 2002
Album:  Songs About Jane
Writer(s):  Adam Levine, Ryan Dusick, Mickey Madden, James Valentine, and Jesse Carmichael
Label: J Records and A&M Octone Records
Producer(s): Mark Wallace

Harder to Breathephoto source: Wikipedia

Following the disappointment of their first professional studio album, Maroon 5 re-branded from Kara’s Flowers, and found a new sound. James Valentine also joined the group as lead guitarist. Maroon 5’s first official single was “Harder to Breath,” which was released in July 2002 as the lead song from Songs About Jane.

“Harder to Breath” was well received by critics and peaked at No. 18 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The success of “Harder to Breath” led Maroon 5 to sell 10 million copies of Songs About Jane.

Did You Know?

According to Adam Levine, “Harder to Breath” was written last minute and resulted from Maroon 5’s frustration with their record label Octone Records, who needed more songs before releasing Songs About Jane.


1. “Soap Disco”

Year Released: July 22, 1997
Album:  The Fourth World
Writer(s):  Unspecified
Label: Reprise
Producer(s): Rob Cavallo

Soap Discophoto source: Wikipedia

“Soap Disco” was released on July 22, 1997 when Maroon 5 only had four members – Adam Levine, Ryan Dusick, Jesse Carmichael, and Mickey Madden – and was still going by its original name Kara’s Flowers. It was the first and only single from the band’s first professional studio album, The Fourth Wall, making “Soap Disco” the oldest Maroon 5 song ever released. The Fourth Wall album was not a success and Maroon 5 nearly broke up in 1998.

Did You Know?

Although “Soap Disco” and the entire album were not well received, Maroon 5, as Kara’s Flowers, made an appearance on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210.


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