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Six Maroon 5 Songs That Should’ve Been Singles

We look at six terribly underrated Maroon 5 tracks that should’ve been singles!

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This week, Maroon 5 announced they will be releasing a greatest hits album titled Singles, which unsurprisingly has a tracklist packed with their top single releases since their debut Harder To Breathe in 2002. While the likes of Sugar, Moves Like Jagger and Wake Up Call are all hits in their own right, if you’re a big fan of the band, you’ll know their discography contains many hidden gems.

Given that some of their album tracks are both cruelly underrated and underplayed, we’ve compiled a list of the best for your listening pleasure.

1. Not Coming Home – Songs About Jane

Way back in 2002 when Maroon 5 released their debut album, singles such as This Love and She Will Be Loved basked in the limelight. While they deservedly smashed the charts, the penultimate track on Songs About Jane was this. Supposedly recorded in front of a live crowd, the funky-blues guitar on this sassy song remind us that this band have been a slick, well-oiled machine since the beginning.

2. Little Of Your Time – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long

This song from Maroon 5‘s sophomore record was the third on the tracklist and the only one of the first five not to be released as a single. Ridiculously fast-paced, this is a far cry from the ballad sounds of their debut effort but nonetheless would’ve been a sure fire hit, given the chance back in 2007.

3. Not Falling Apart – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long

This melodic mid tempo track, as with Little Of Your Time, was written solely by frontman Adam Levine, demonstrating his songwriting versatility. Lyrics such as “I heard you say you needed me now/What’s the problem I can’t see/You destroyed me, I won’t fall apart again” poignantly epitomise the difficulty of reassuring yourself that you can deal with heartache.

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4. Lucky Strike – Overexposed

Given its likeness to OneRepublic‘s sound (if the funk element was toned down), it is unsurprising this track was co-written by Ryan Tedder. With a fast tempo, the guitar-driven disco tune is complete with a thumping beat and addictive hook: “Your body rockin’, keep me up all night/One in a million, my lucky strike”.

5. Unkiss Me – V

“Unkiss me/Untouch me/Untake  this heart” Adam pleads over this soulful breakup number. Heartbreaking yet powerful, this one is likely to reel you in time and time again, making it an absolute steal that it never reached the airwaves as a single.

6. Lost Stars – V

A rather elusive track, this beautiful gem appears right at the bottom of V (Deluxe)‘s tracklist. Lost Stars is a solo effort from Adam and was produced for Begin Again, in which he made his feature film debut last year. This ballad is perfectly crafted for Adam‘s vocals, which peak with his incredible falsetto in the latter part of the track. Simply stunning.

They may not be singles but they certainly should’ve been. We reckon that if the band ever want to make an ‘Alternative Greatest Hits’, this is where they ought to look for inspiration! What’s your favourite or did we miss it out altogether? Let us know in the comments below!

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