There is something about the pop-rock sounds of Maroon 5 that makes the ladies (and gents) swoon and move like Jagger. Whether it’s the funky instrumentals, Adam’s falsettos, (or just Adam Levine alone!) or their super catchy hooks, there’s something for everyone with Maroon 5.
The band, which began as Kara’s Flowers with four members in 1994 and then became a handful in the early 2000s as Maroon 5, took the world by storm with their second single “This Love” in 2004. From that moment on, Maroon 5 began making music history: peaking charts worldwide, opening up for John Mayer, and then soon headlining their own arena tours.
Throughout their 12 years as Maroon 5, the band has released five albums, including their most recent, “V,” which includes two tracks we play here on Fresh 102.7 – “Maps” and “Animals.”
In honor of “V” and celebrating it’s worldwide success, we backtracked all of the band’s albums to give you what we think are their worst albums to best albums – in that order. So here we go…
- Overexposed (2012)
As much as this album is a favorite to many, you can’t help get a feeling this was a bit rushed into production. If you listen to the album, there’s a checkerboard effect of songs going from fast to slow-paced every other track. Intentional or not, it loses spark and flow. Nonetheless, listening to the songs individually still gets two thumbs up.
Favorite Tracks: “One More Night,” “Lucky Strike,” “Beautiful Goodbye,” “Wipe Your Eyes”
- V (2014)
Maybe it’s because Adam got married and everyone got butt hurt losing their chances of being with him, but the sound of the album is different from what we’re used to from the band. It’s refreshing to hear the transition of how the band went from a pop-rock genre to experimenting with a soft and slower indie rock/ballad sound.
Favorite Tracks: “Maps,” “Animals,” “Unkiss Me,” “Sugar,” “New Love”
- Hands All Over (2010)
The fact that Adam Levine co-wrote all of the songs on this album shows his capabilities of how talented of a singer-songwriter he really is – and then the band executes those skills perfectly into songs that are heavily inspired by the sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Favorite Tracks: “Misery,” “Give A Little More,” “Don’t Know Nothing,” “Moves Like Jagger”
- It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007)
This album is the perfect example of Maroon 5’s prime. Taking five years to produce with Adam co-writing and composing all of the tracks, every single that came out was a chart-topper. The flow of the album is smooth, telling a clear story of falling in love and breaking up. Overall, this album amped up Maroon 5’s music cred, without a doubt!
Favorite Tracks: “Makes Me Wonder,” “Wake Up Call,” “Won’t Go Home Without You,” “If I Never See Your Face Again”
- Songs About Jane (2002)
Let’s be real, here. 12 years later, there is no doubt you still jam to “This Love,” “Harder to Breathe,” “She Will Be Loved,” and “Sunday Mornings” with the exception that you do play them on a Sunday morning. Considering this album did kick off and define Maroon 5, this album was raw to the bone. The band wasn’t afraid of playing songs about breaking up, making up, and sex. And that’s what made them who they are today. (Especially Adam Levine in “This Love.” Duh!)
Favorite Tracks: All. Of. Them.
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–Allyza Umali & Joe Cingrana/Fresh 102.7
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