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We're counting down the top five best singles promoted from Maroon 5's platinum-selling fifth studio album, V from the worst to the best. The V era began with the very Police-y hit single "Maps", which was one of the hottest songs of the summer last year and peaked at number 6 on the Hot 100 chart and "Animals" saw Maroon 5's first real controversial troubles with it's racy music video. "It Was Always You" saw promotional success worldwide and "Sugar" became the band's most popular single of the last decade with a world record breaking music video and a killer live performance on The Voice. "This Summer's Gonna Hurt" is the latest single cut from the slice of pie that is V and is most likely the final piece.
So, before we get started, we're ranking the top 5 best V singles from worst to best based on commercial success and fan favorite. So let's get ranking.
5. "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf**cker", the fourth single from V
Not that it's the "worst" single from V, it's just not as good as the top four. "This Summer's Gonna Hurt" is the freshest cut from V being released less than a week ago on Friday (at 3pm EST on iHeartRadio), and upon it's release there were some mixed reviews. Some hardcore fans were ecstatic for the single's spicy and refreshed lyrics and some others were not too thrilled about it's dance-poppy radio-friendly sound and lyrical content. And the fact that it's the newest single and has only garnered 3 million views on YouTube is some reason why it is only number 5 on the countdown. Written by frontman Adam Levine and it's parent producer Shellback, the song's lyrics are about being in love with a ditzy, California blonde who is all about the glitz and glamour rather than focusing on the more important things in life, such as love. Commercially, "This Summer's Gonna Hurt" entered at number 67 this week on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 35 on the Mainstream Pop Songs chart. Several radio stations claim it'll be Maroon 5's hottest summer hit to date, however, it'll take some time for the arena rock-inspired tune to top those like "Moves Like Jagger", featuring Christina Aguilera, "One More Night", or "Love Somebody."
4. "Animals", the second single from V
Now occasionally, the second single from Maroon 5's recent albums become the most popular, right? In this case, more than likely. But that doesn't mean that the most popular is what the fans are screamin' about at shows. But "Animals" is a definitely new step into the pop realm for Maroon 5, as it has worldbeat drums, echoing vocals from Levine, and spine-chilling guitar riffs that make the song an ear worm of a pop rock hit. Written by Levine, co-written by Shellback and Benny Blanco, and produced by Shellback, the single is defined as "dance-pop" to some and "arena rock" to others. The single was a commercial success, for the most part, charting at number 3 and selling over 1 million digital units in the U.S., better than it's predecessor "Maps" and not as good as it's successor "Sugar", but it still took over pop radio stations across the board. And it's controversial music video definitely helped with it's overall success and view count on YouTube and Vevo. The RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) said about the video: "No one should ever confuse the criminal act of stalking with romance. The trivialization of these serious crimes, like stalking, should have no place in the entertainment industry." Yikes. To date, the song's video nears 160 million views on YouTube.
3. "Maps", the first single from V
Yes. The song that kicked the V era off with a bang. The lead single "Maps" sees Maroon 5 venturing into a rockier pop rock sound with folk-like production similar to The Police's earlier ska-pop stuff and is a breath of fresh air compared to the other over-processed tracks on V. "Maps" is somewhat an echo to that of Maroon 5's lead single, "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa, from their previous studio album Overexposed in which it has spunky snares from Matt Flynn and crystal clear, easy to sing along to vocals from Levine. The song's breezy guitar riffs make for a great tune as well. The composition of "Maps" began in late 2013 with producers Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, and Noel Zancanella and was written by Levine along with it's production team. As for commercial success, upon it's release it was the talk of the web as it topped the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Trending 40 chart and later peaked at number 6 on the Hot 100, number 2 on the Pop Songs chart, and topped the Adult Top 40 and Contemporary Songs charts.
2. "It Was Always You", promotional single from V
For those who were yearning for a new sound from Maroon 5, they got it with this promotional hit from V. "It Was Always You", written by Adam Levine and Sam Martin and produced by The Monsters and the Strangerz, incorporated a whole new level of electronic pop. This song takes the band's new poppy direction and makes it dark, with yearning vocals and deep twists and turns in the melody, with Levine exploring the lower side of his register... which is still relatively high. Even though it was never intended for pop radio release, it still performed moderately well on the charts, peaking at number 45 on the Hot 100, number 19 on the Canadian Hot 100, and at number 2 on the Digital Songs chart.
1. "Sugar", the third single from V
As we conclude out countdown of the top five best singles taken from Maroon 5's latest album, V, we would like to rightfully place "Sugar", the album's third cut, at number 1. A disco, funky pop rock, and soul song written by Levine, Joshua Coleman, Lukasz Gottwald, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Mike Posner, and Henry Walter, no other song on V delivers a sweeter pop-infectious hit than "Sugar." The single The production elements consist of a simplistic electric guitars in the background and an unpretentious electronic pop synthesizer complementing the song’s chorus. The band, renewed in their sound, brings a quality reminiscent of their earlier work. Interestingly enough, this record would fit in on the album, Songs About Jane, somewhat. It's music video is reminiscent to that of the movie The Wedding Crashers where the band crash real life wedding up and down Los Angeles and perform the hit. And to date, it is Maroon 5's most viewed music video of all time with over 350,000,000 million views and is in the top 30 most viewed music videos of all time. Now, despite "This Summer's Gonna Hurt" being released recently, commercially "Sugar" is still going strong on pop radio peaking at number 1 on the Pop Songs and Dance/Mix Club Songs chart and being the highest-charting single from V on the Hot 100, charting at number 2.
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