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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • In "Beautiful Mistakes", is Adam mourning the loss of an ex, or is he actually singing about the loss of a best friend (the late Jordan Feldstein)?
  • Award Snub: Maroon 5 have yet to win a Kids' Choice Award. Although to be honest, they never really stood a chance against One Direction. Fans hoped that they would finally be honored once the Favorite Music Group category was 1D-free (unlike Bruno Mars who continues to get snubbed in the post-Bieber Favorite Male Singer categories). However, Fifth Harmony than started to dominate the category. After the 2018 ceremony, Maroon 5 had the record for most nominations for the category without a win (6 times). This ended the following year where they won the award on their seventh attempt.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Wiz Khalifa's rap about how hot his car is on "Payphone." "Payphone" is a love song.
  • Broken Base: Plenty of Maroon 5 fans are torn up on Overexposed and V. They're either great albums that allow the band to expand their sound, or terrible rubbish that's studio-created rather than the musicianship shown on their first three albums.
    • You either think Levine is awesome/attractive or an egotistical douche. If his personality doesn't matter to you, you either love or hate his voice.
    • "Animals", from V, is especially getting plenty of this. A great, anthemic song, or a creepy-as-all-get-out Stalker with a Crush anthem that'd make Robin Thicke crap his pants? And then there's the music videos...
    • Just in general, most fans seem pretty torn on whether the newer material they're churning out is any good in the first place, or is just bad, meaningless schlock. A majority of people commenting on the music video for "Harder to Breathe" on YouTube alone has many fans decrying their newer music, in favor of their older stuff. You'll find this on many videos for their songs.
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  • Creepy Awesome: Is the music video for "Animals" disturbing as hell, yes. Is it possibly glorifying stalking, rape, and cannibalism, maybe.note  Is it incredible, hell yeah!
  • Designated Hero: Levine in the "Payphone" music video. Sure, he was wrongly accused of being a robber by the cops, but that doesn't excuse the fact that he left the girl to fend for herself, stole Wiz Khalifa's car, and killed a bunch of cops while getting only a few cuts and bruises in the end. The Music Video Show destroys the video to pieces with this.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: While largely forgotten by the general public, lead guitarist James Valentine is quite respected among guitarists.
  • Epic Riff: "Moves Like Jagger" has quite the whistling hook.
  • Face of the Band: Adam Levine, moreso since joining The Voice. Good luck spotting the other members in the "Payphone" video.
    • "I guess it pays more to rob a bank than be a member of Maroon 5."
    • Lampshaded in Bart Baker's parody of "Animals", where the entire second half revolves around the rest of the band ranting about how much Adam gets the spotlight, before preparing to hang him and torture him with the sound of his own voice.
  • First Installment Wins: Songs About Jane is still considered their best album. Overlaps with Tough Act to Follow.
  • Funny Moments: "Don't Wanna Know" has a Concept Video parodying Pokémon GO (and possibly also the beginning of A Hard Day's Night), with the band (and various celebrity cameos) dressed in cumbersome mon costumes while being chased down the street by people holding up smartphones. There's also a Mid-Vid Skit where the director asks Adam Levine to put on a Pharrell Williams-esque Nice Hat and Levine refuses because it would make him look "silly"... he says this as he's still dressed as a Squirtle lookalike.
  • Heartwarming Moments: "Sweetest Goodbye" and "Tangled" on their debut.
    • During their 2009 tour, Levine and Carmichael realized that their old summer camp was on the way to their next gig and decided to stop there and spend the day hanging out with the campers.
    • The music video for "Sugar" is the band surprising a bunch of wedding couples by playing the song. While there is some question of how genuine the actual wedding "crashes"/"surprises" were, the brides were all genuine reactions. Even more, Maroon 5 then voluntarily played "She Will Be Loved" as the traditional first dance for all the couples afterwards.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Keyboardist Jessie Carmichael took a one-year sabbatical from the band before the recording of Overexposed, which is significantly more synth-heavy than the rest of their stuff.
  • Narm:
    • The sex scenes in "This Love" are performed with such intensity that the fact they're both still wearing trousers and panties respectively can look incredibly ridiculous.
    • The howl in "Animals" rivals the one in Shakira's "She Wolf" in terms of awkwardness. It doesn't help that the line "animals-mals" already sounds kind of silly.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The lyrics to "Come Away to the Water" (from The Hunger Games soundtrack).
    • The music video for "Maps" features a very realistic scene in which the lead woman gets hit by a car, not to mention all the glorious shots we see of her bloody, bruised face. Compare the comical crash Levine got involved in in the "Misery" review for contrast. Not helping is how light-hearted the song itself is.
    • "Animals" compares sex with animals eating each other, all set to a peppy, anthemic beat. While it's tamer than, say, "Gorilla" by Bruno Mars, the Lyrical Dissonance that occurs is just disturbing. And then there's the lyric video depicting some snakes ganging up on a rabbit. Then there's the official video coming from the perspective of an Abhorrent Admirer/Stalker with a Crush, plus more gore and animal carcasses than "Payphone" or "Maps" ever had!
    • The Director's Cut of "Wake Up Call" ends with Adam in the electric chair.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Sweetest Goodbye" is a lullaby.
  • Signature Song: "This Love"
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Overexposed and V have suffered backlash of this sort—the latter two more so.
  • Tear Jerker: "She Will Be Loved"
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Invoked to some extent with "Makes Me Wonder", which looks like a normal song about love at first but takes on a new meaning with the Reality Subtext of Levine's frustration with the state of American politics at the time (ex: war in Iraq).


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