Maroon 5’s 10 Best Songs of All Time (Critic’s Picks)
Maroon 5 might not be the most fashionable of 21st century bands, yet few others have enjoyed more enduring success. Adam Levine and co. have reached the Billboard Hot 100 on a whopping 32 occasions since their debut single “Harder to Breathe” (from 2002’s Songs About Jane) peaked at No. 18 in 2002. And perhaps even more impressive considering the fickle nature of the pop market, they have done so every calendar year from 2010’s “Misery” to 2021’s “Beautiful Mistakes” feat. Megan Thee Stallion.
While Levine has experienced solo success, particularly as a coach on NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice, it’s Maroon 5 upon which his musical legend rests. Formed as the band Kara’s Flowers in Los Angeles when Levine was just a teen, Maroon 5’s members include or have included Levine, Jesse Carmichael, James Valentine, Matt Flynn, P.J. Morton, Sam Farrar, Ryan Dusick and Mickey Madden over the course of a lengthy career.
In addition to the aforementioned 32 appearances on the Hot 100 (so far), the band has scored 15 top 10 hits on the Hot 100, including four No. 1s: “Girls Like You” feat. Cardi B, “Moves Like Jagger” feat. Christina Aguilera (a fellow coach on The Voice), “One More Night” and “Makes Me Wonder.” “Sugar,” “Memories” and “Payphone” feat. Wiz Khalifa almost reached the top spot, peaking at No. 2 on the Hot 100.
But which hits from the pop/rock combo’s insanely catchy back catalog deserve to be singled out? Here’s a look at ten of their best – not all of which are necessarily their biggest hits.
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