Every Maroon 5 Music Video From 1997 to Today: Watch Their Evolution
Maroon 5 are the subject of this week’s music video evolution, as Billboard takes a look back at the Adam Levine-fronted band’s career, beginning with 1997’s “Soap Disco,” all the way through their most recent “Three Little Birds.”
Beginning with “Soap Disco,” which was actually released under the band’s original name Kara’s Flowers and was the only single to be released from their album The Fourth World, the video saw a young Levine and his bandmates in suits and ties, as they performed at a rooftop luau and behind a magical green and orange colored door.
It wasn’t until 2002 when the group officially debuted as Maroon 5, dropping their breakout album Songs About Jane, which featured “Harder to Breath” and “This Love,” the steamy, controversially sex-driven video featuring Levine’s then-girlfriend Kelly McKee.
Kelly Preston starred in 2004’s “She Will Be Loved,” while that same year also saw the release of “Sunday Morning,” which mixed footage of the band performing the song at Abbey Road Studios with people singing Maroon 5 songs at a Japanese karaoke bar.
The band’s 2007 video for “Makes Me Wonder” gave an airport a high fashion makeover, while that same year, “Wake Up Call” – which featured a cameo from Stormy Daniels – told a tale of infidelity and murder as Levine shot and killed a man (played Jeremy Sisto) and unsuccessfully tried to cover it up.
In 2008, Maroon 5 teamed up with Rihanna for “If I Never See Your Face Again,” while 2009 marked the release of “Story” and 2010 spawned “Misery,” “Give a Little More,” and “Hands All Over.”
2011’s “Never Gonna Leave This Bed” saw Levine get cozy in several different beds with model Anne Vyalitsyna, while that year also marked the band’s Lady Antebellum collaboration “Out of Goodbyes.”
That same year, the guys teamed up with Christina Aguilera for the whistle-tastic “Moves Like Jagger” as they recognized the iconic dancing skills of the Rolling Stones frontman and featured a handful of Jagger lookalikes attempting to imitate his moves.
Wiz Khalifa jumped on the track “Payphone” in 2012, while “Love Somebody” dropped in 2013. The Irréversible-inspired “Maps” came out the following year, as did “Animals,” which starred Levine’s wife Behati Prinsloo as the subject of his obsession and was combined with clips of the singer covered in blood and hanging out in a slaughterhouse, embracing animal carcasses. (Warning: not great viewing for a vegetarian.)
The band became party crashers in 2015, making surprise performances at a handful of wedding celebrations in “Sugar.” The adorable Pokémon Go-esque “Don’t Wanna Know” was released in 2016 and it featured the band, Sarah Silverman, Ed Helms, Shaquille O'Neal and Vince Vaughn dressed as, according to Vaughn, “roly poly lovable guys.”
Maroon 5 joined forces with Future for 2017’s “Cold” and with SZA for “What Lovers Do,” bringing the band’s music video evolution to 2018 with “Wait” (which had both an official video also and a Snapchat version of Levine singing along to the track with various amusing filters on).
That was followed by the star-studded “Girls Like You” featuring Cardi B, alongside the likes of Camila Cabello, Gal Gadot, Trace Lysette, Tiffany Haddish, Millie Bobby Brown, Jennifer Lopez, and Ellen DeGeneres and, most recently, the band released a cover of Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”
You can watch Maroon 5’s entire music video evolution below.