Stereo Hearts

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"Stereo Hearts"
Single by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine
from the album The Papercut Chronicles II
Released June 14, 2011
Format Digital Download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop rap, alternative hip hop
Length 3:31
Label Decaydance, Fueled by Ramen
Writer(s) Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Benjamin Levin, Sterling Fox, Ammar Malik, Dan Omelio[1]
Producer(s) Benny Blanco, Robopop
Certification

3x Platinum (RIAA)

Gym Class Heroes singles chronology
"Guilty as Charged"
(2008)
"Stereo Hearts"
(2011)
"Ass Back Home"
(2011)
Adam Levine singles chronology
"Say It Again"
(2007)
"Stereo Hearts"
(2011)
"My Life"
(2012)

"Stereo Hearts" is a song by American group Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine, lead singer of band Maroon 5. The song was released on June 14, 2011.[2] as the lead single from the group's fifth studio album, The Papercut Chronicles II (2011).

Composition and recording[edit]

"Stereo Hearts", produced by Benny Blanco and Robopop begins with Maroon 5's Adam Levine singing the hook: "My heart's a stereo / It beats for you, so listen close/ Hear my thoughts in every note. / Make me your radio / Turn me up when you feel low / This melody was meant for you / So sing along to my stereo."[3] McCoy then raps about serenading his ideal girl and picking love over animosity, all the while relaying the message using music-based metaphors.[4][5] Additional Fender Rhodes was played by Austin Bisnow at Chalice Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA.[6]

Music video[edit]

Gym Class Heroes drummer Matt McGinley explained that the song's music video "basically plays on the idea that we're sort of just being casual, hanging out, being ourselves and our shadows get wild and get loose. The video shows the band playing in the city of New York and their shadows are playing on the ground."[7]

The video (directed by Hiro Murai) has the feel of a 1980s setting, with a breakdancer and several payphones seen, though the actual setting is modern as evidenced by the Mini Cooper in one scene. It prominently features a pawn shop with a stack of old-fashioned boomboxes and TV sets, on which Adam Levine appears when he is singing the chorus.

Lyric video[edit]

The lyric video for the song received millions of views in the first month of its release. This is one of the first lyric videos to incorporate a live action story line,[citation needed] showing a man and a woman in split-screen as they get dressed for the day and go outdoors carrying boom-boxes, until they finally meet in a park. The video stars actress Breana McDow and was directed by music video director Djay Brawner.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews. MTV's Jenna Hally Rubenstein complimented the band's new direction on "Stereo Hearts", writing that it is "a little more slickly produced than we're used to, but, we're still solidly behind the experimental new song."[8] MTV's James Montgomery described it as a "prime-time slab of genre-mashing, sweat-inducing pop, the kind of song that may very well push GCH to summertime superstardom."[7] Becky Bain of Idolator called it a "head-nodding jam" and "an instantly memorable signal that Gym Class is back in session."[9]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[10]
  1. "Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)" – 3:31
  • German CD Single[11]
  1. "Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)" – 3:31
  2. "Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)" – Soul Seekers Retronica Extended Mix – 6:17

Covers[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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