Give a Little More

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"Give a Little More"
Single by Maroon 5
from the album Hands All Over
Released August 17, 2010 (digital download)
October 12, 2010 (US mainstream radio)[1]
Format Digital download
Genre Disco-boogie
Length 3:00
Label A&M/Octone
Writer(s) Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, James Valentine
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Maroon 5 singles chronology
"Misery"
(2010)
"Give a Little More"
(2010)
"Never Gonna Leave This Bed"
(2011)

"Give a Little More" is a song by American band Maroon 5. It was released on August 17, 2010 as a digital download. The song is the second single from their third studio album, Hands All Over. The song officially impacted US mainstream radio on October 12, 2010.[1]

Background and composition[edit]

"Give a Little More" was written by Adam Levine with keyboardist Jesse Carmichael and guitarist James Valentine.[2] The lyrics talk about how to ask more of a woman who so clearly has you wrapped around her finger, "You were wrong for turning me on and on and on," Levine sings.[3] "I'm waiting for something, always waiting / Feeling nothing, wondering if it'll ever change." Ultimately, he resigns himself to the fact that, "I have no defense / I know you're gonna get me in the end."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Ron Harris from the Associated Press wrote that the song "almost strays into disco territory with it's [sic] body-moving beat."[4] He commented that the song "would not have been terribly out of place in 1979", while complimenting that the song is "fun and funky, which is the prime directive of Maroon 5."[4] Robbie Daw from Idolator wrote a positive review, stating that "M5 are always best when they’re uptempo, so we’re happy to hear that the song falls in line with the band’s more danceable tracks like "Wake Up Call" and "Misery."[5] Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly wrote that "Levine's romantic roundelay trundles on, through this airy disco-boogie."[6] Mikael Wood from LA Times wrote that "a light-funk groove as neatly executed as the one in “Give a Little More,” for instance, is its own reward".[7] Chris Ryan from MTV News was direct, writing that "the track is classic Maroon; a slithering groove and chicken-scratch guitar laying the foundation for singer Adam Levine's nasal coo and come-hither lyrics."[8]

A mixed review came from Nico Maddox from Yahoo! Voices, who wrote that the song "is a letdown", "it's a song to dance the night away to, but not much else."[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video is directed by Paul Hunter.[10] The video was released on September 9, 2010.[11] It is shot using a grainy film style complete with intro countdown and outro of the film running off the reel, and consists of quick cuts between close-ups of Levine singing, along with scenes of the band playing at a party inside an older house, with everyone dancing to the music.[8]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 91
South Korea (Gaon Chart)[13] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 86
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[15] 10
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[16] 35
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[17] 36

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States August 17, 2010 Digital download[18]
Canada
Australia October 5, 2010 Contemporary Hit Radio[19]
United States October 12, 2010 Mainstream radio[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Top 40/M Future Releases | Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release". Allaccess.com. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Give a Little More by Maroon 5 Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Toor, Amar (September 14, 2010). "Maroon 5, 'Give a Little More' -- New Song". AOL Radio Blog. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Harris, Ron (September 20, 2010). "Review: Maroon 5 stays funky on 'Hands All Over'". Associated Press. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ Daw, Robbie (August 17, 2010). "Hear Maroon 5 “Give A Little More” On Their New Single". Idolator. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (September 22, 2010). "Hands All Over (2010) | Music Reviews and News | EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Wood, Mikael (September 20, 2010). "Album review: Maroon 5's 'Hands All Over'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Ryan, Chris (October 9, 2010). "Video You Need To Know: Maroon 5, 'Give A Little More'". MTV News. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ Maddox, Nicko (November 6, 2010). "Maroon 5 "Hands All Over" CD Review". Yahoo! Voices. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Music Video News: BOOKED: Maroon 5 - Paul Hunter, dir". Video Static. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  11. ^ "Maroon 5 – Give A Little More | Dfined Magazine". Dfined.com. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  12. ^ "Maroon 5 Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Maroon 5.
  13. ^ "GAON Music Charts". Gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  14. ^ "Maroon 5 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Maroon 5.
  15. ^ "Maroon 5 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Maroon 5.
  16. ^ "Maroon 5 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Maroon 5.
  17. ^ "Maroon 5 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Maroon 5.
  18. ^ "iTunes United States". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  19. ^ http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-releases/singles/2010/10/05/issue-807/

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