Love Somebody (Maroon 5 song)

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"Love Somebody"
Single by Maroon 5
from the album Overexposed
Released May 14, 2013
Recorded 2012
Length 3:49
Label A&M/Octone
  • Ryan Tedder
  • Noel Zancanella
Maroon 5 singles chronology
"Love Somebody"

"Love Somebody" is a song performed by American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song was released on May 14, 2013, as the fourth and final single from their fourth studio album, Overexposed (2012). It was written by Adam Levine and Nathaniel Motte together with Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, who also served as producers. "Love Somebody" is a dance-pop song that lyrically explores "salvation on the dance floor". The song gave mixed reviews by music critics, some of them praised its composition, linking it to the works by British alternative rock band Coldplay. However, there was some criticism towards its production and Levine's vocals. Following the release of the album, due to strong digital downloads, the song peaked at number nine on the singles chart in South Korea.

Background and production[edit]

American singer and 3OH!3 member Nathaniel Motte co-wrote "Love Somebody".

In mid-2011, Maroon 5 started working on their fourth studio album. One of the members of the band, James Valentine spoke to Billboard and revealed their plans to release their fourth studio album in early 2012.[1] On March 22, 2012, the band posted a video on YouTube featuring numerous scenes from the band in the studio, recording the album.[2] On June 26, 2012, the album was released under the title Overexposed.[3]

"Love Somebody" was written by Maroon 5's lead singer Adam Levine and Nathaniel Motte together with Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, who served as producers of the song.[4] Tedder and Zancanella also co-wrote and co-produced another song for Overexposed titled "Lucky Strike".[4] "Love Somebody" was engineered by Smith Carlson at the Patriot Studios in Denver and Noah "Mailbox" Passovoy at the Conway Studios in Los Angeles; Eric Eylands served as the engineering assistant.[4] Serban Ghenea mixed the song at the Mixstar Studios in Virginia Beach. John Hanes served as engineer for mix, while Phil Seaford as mixing assistant.[4] All the programming and keys were provided by Tedder and Zancanella.[4]


"Love Somebody" is a dance-pop song with a length of three minutes and forty-nine seconds.[4][5] Its instrumentation consists of piano and guitar.[6] Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone described the song's synth hook as the Sly Stone-meets-Eurythmics.[7] According to Chris Payne of Billboard, Tedder and Zancanella's influence is all over the song and inches through the verses "before bubbling over just before the chorus kicks in."[8] Adam Markovitz of Entertainment Weekly in a review of the album, wrote that the song together with "Daylight" have "thickly" produced choruses.[9] Nate Chinen of The New York Times described the lyrical theme of the song as "a plea for salvation on the dance floor or some other horizontal surface".[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on May 21, 2013. The video was directed by Rich Lee and shot by director of photography Adam Frisch. The video features Levine and Emily Ratajkowski who played Levine's love interest, as well as the members of the band, who are covered in blue paint.

Critical reception[edit]

Critics linked "Love Somebody" to the works by British alternative rock band Coldplay.

Suzanne Byrne of RTÉ.ie wrote that "Love Somebody" alongside "Daylight", "The Man Who Never Lied" and "Lucky Strike" are potential single releases.[11] Brittany Frederick of StarPulse called the song "earnest",[12] while Cameron Adams of Herald Sun described it as Coldplay "trying to be" Katy Perry.[13] Similarly as Adams, PopMatters' Evan Sawdey wrote that "Love Somebody" is the group's "sky-scraping Coldplay moment".[14] Jeremy Thomas of 411 Mania labeled the song as one of the more emotional tracks on Overexposed and a "rare moment where the overhanging production tricks ease up just enough to make for an honest-to-God song with emotion and not just a laser scope aimed at the Billboard charts.[15]

In a review of the album, Fraser McAlpine of BBC Music wrote that the band had left "the strutting cockerel heat" of their 2004 single "This Love" for the "saturated rave bliss" of "Love Somebody" or "The Man Who Never Lied". According to him that’s an effect of the market they have chosen to contribute on.[16] Billboard's Chris Payne thought that the song fades into the background of the other stronger tracks on Overexposed.[8] Adam Markovitz of Entertainment Weekly was more critical towards Levine's vocals on "Love Somebody" and wrote that the singer's voice is processed in a high disaffected whine — "like a male Rihanna or an android castrato", which according to him, it's ideal for tracing the contours of a pop hook.[9]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Engineering and mixing
  • Engineered at Patriot Studios, Denver, Colorado; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California; mixed at Mixstar Studios, Virginia Beach.

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Overexposed, A&M/Octone Records.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Upon the release of Overexposed, due to strong digital downloads, "Love Somebody" debuted on the South Korea Gaon International Chart at number eight on June 24, 2012, with sales of 35,892 digital copies.[17] The next week, it fell to number 15 and sold an additional 16,752 copies.[18] It stayed on the chart's top 100 for total of eight weeks.[19] The song debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at number 10, making Overexposed Maroon 5's first studio album to produce four Top 10 singles.[citation needed]

Charts and certifications[edit]


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[41] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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