|Maroon 5 in 2004.|
In the wake of Maroon 5's timely Grammy Award nomination for their hit single "Sugar", I thought it would be appropriate to conduct and foster a top 5 list of songs performed by Maroon 5 that are arguably the most underrated in their career.
Let's get started.
5. "Rag Doll" from the album Songs About Jane Deluxe Edition (2002)
If you are easily lured in by the graceful sounds of the blissful R&B-meets-rock sound from Maroon 5's big time debut album Songs About Jane, then this rarity is for you. "Rag Doll" is an easy-listening urban-inspired song that starts off with fluid, elegant piano chords presumably accompanied by the band's keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, who kept Maroon 5's early soulful style alive through the years. The song was written and composed by lead singer Adam Levine and Carmichael and has only seen the light of day through the deep, dark holes of YouTube's music category and was released in 2004 along with the SAJ repackage.
4. "Tangled" from the album Songs About Jane (2002)
One of Songs About Jane's most prized possessions, "Tangled" is a funky-pop rock tune that make you sing along with its underwhelmingly catchy lyrics. Relative to "The Sun" (which has a ton of praise from fans and music critics alike) and "Shiver" (which also has moderate praise), "Tangled" deserves just as much recognition as the two.
3. "Kiwi" from the album It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007)
This rock and roller serves only as the tenth track on Maroon 5's sophomore effort It Won't Be Soon Before Long. "Kiwi" has been said to be too vulgar or sexual for radio and many think it should have deserved a kick ass music video. The song featured a lengthy guitar solo towards the end that will draw you in subtly leading into the next track, "Better That We Break", which calms you down before the album's dramatic conclusion of "Back At Your Door" (two more underrated tunes from It Won't Be Soon...).
2. "Story" from the album The B-Side Collection (2007)
"Story" is a rare and unique song from Maroon 5 that serves as the opening track on the band's mini-LP The B-Side Collection. The song also serves as a b-side to "Makes Me Wonder" (which became Maroon 5's first No. 1 single in the United States). The "story" that the record tells is one that Maroon 5 have told thoroughly throughout their second album; stories of heartbreak, wishful thinking, and missing the way things were. A solid pop rock song, this bonus cut will certainly reel you in and make you obsessed with Maroon 5's early era once again.
1. "I Can't Lie" from the album Hands All Over (2010)
One of my favorite songs from Maroon 5 and arguably the best song taken from their third studio album, Hands All Over, "I Can't Lie" is an easy-listening soul rock tune that will remind you of the Motown era (Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Rick James, Billie Joel, ect.). Even though "Just a Feeling" and "How" deserve (almost) equal praise, "I Can't Lie" takes the cake from Hands All Over.
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