9/09/2015

5 Singles That Should've Made Maroon 5's Greatest Hits Album


Where in the world is "Sunday Morning" and "Won't Go Home Without You"?

It seems as though Maroon 5 have reached that point in their career where they need to issue a greatest hits collection album, appropriately titled Singles. It was revealed earlier this month that the compilation album will be released on Friday, September 25th through Interscope and Adam Levine's very own 222 Records. 

But, upon the album's announcement, the track listing was revealed and, needless to say, some fans were not impressed with its contents. At all. The album kicks off with arguably Maroon 5's biggest hit single "This Love", taken from their mutli-platinum debut Songs About Jane which dropped in 2002, and moves on through to the second track "Payphone", from Overexposed, then weaves back to the good old days with "She Will Be Loved." The album is missing a great deal of some of the band's most monumental hit singles such as "Harder to Breathe" and "Sunday Morning" (each from their debut Songs About Jane). Fan favorites such as "Won't Go Home Without You" and "If I Never See Your Face Again" from their chart topping sophomore effort It Won't Be Soon Before Long are lacking an appearance from the hits list as well. And only one single from their third album Hands All Over, the funk-a-fied "Misery", made the cut. Singles is sprinkled with a lot of top 10's from their latest two albums Overexposed (2012) and V (2014), each of which saw Maroon 5 take a radio-friendly, electropop direction with their sound appealing to a wider, younger audience. All 3 of V's hits are seen on the album: "Maps", "Animals", and "Sugar", and we are in awe that the album's fourth (and final) single "Feelings" and "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf***er" are invisible from Singles. 

Take a look at the tracklisting for Singles below:
1. This Love
2. Payphone
3. She Will Be Loved
4. One More Night
5. Moves Like Jagger
6. Wake Up Call
7. Misery
8. Maps
9. Makes Me Wonder
10. Animals
11. Daylight
12. Sugar

Even though some of the newer generation of fans are excited to get their hands on the new greatest hits album when it drops later this month, we are a tad bit disappointed. And for that, we are counting down the Top 5 hit singles that should have made the Singles track listing.

5. "Never Gonna Leave This Bed", from the album Hands All Over (2010)



"Never Gonna Leave This Bed" is arguably the best song taken from Maroon 5's third studio effort, Hands All Over, following the likes of "How" or "Just a Feeling." However, "Never Gonna Leave..." was released as a radio single in January 2011 a few months following HAO's album release. It peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, #25 on the Pop Songs chart, and at #4 on the Adult Top 40 chart. Sure, it performed a bit poorly on pop radio, but fans would have loved seeing the power pop-ballad on the Singles track listing.

4. "Wont Go Home Without You", from the album It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007)



Much like our #5 pick, "Won't Go Home Without You" is an alt. rock/power pop-ballad that is probably the best song taken from the band's sophomore effort, It Won't Be Soon Before Long. The single was released to contemporary radio on November 19, 2007 and didn't meet as high of a level of commercial success as much as everyone thought it would. It charted at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100, #25 on the Pop Songs chart, #14 on the Adult Pop chart, and at #4 on the Adult Top 40 chart. Hell, it was even a top 10 hit for months in Australia (peaking at #7) in 2008.

3. "If I Never See Your Face Again", from the album It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007)



And no, most of us don't mean the Rihanna remix version. The original "If I Never See Your Face Again", from Maroon 5's sophomore album, is a perfect pop rock tune that was a top 10 hit in 10 countries internationally. That's insane... And sure, even the Rihanna-assisted version would serve well on Singles. Whatever would have worked.

2. "Harder to Breathe",  from the album Songs About Jane (2002)



How can you leave out one of Maroon 5's most career-defining hit singles? "Harder to Breathe" was the band's first single and opened the door into commercial pop success. Even though "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" introduced Maroon 5 to the world at a commercially successful standpoint, hardcore fans sought "Harder to Breathe" as a perfect fit for a lead single from Songs About Jane. It's funky, features sick ass guitar riffs, shows off Adam's intense grungy voice, and has a great guitar solo. And it's less than 3 minutes long! Commercially, the song was received quite well and is the most successful single on our Top 5 list, charting at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on the Mainstream Songs chart, and at #5 on the Pop Songs chart.

1. "Sunday Morning", from the album Songs About Jane (2002)



Without a doubt being one of Maroon 5's best songs ever heard, "Sunday Morning" is definitely the most deserving to be on Maroon 5's greatest hits album Singles. It's been a stable for hardcore fans to belt out at live concerts since it dropped in 2002. Commercially, "Sunday Morning" has charted at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #4 on the Adult Songs chart.

What do you think of our list? What other singles do you think should have made the final cut for Singles? Will you be buying the new greatest hits album? Comment below or mention us on Twitter!

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