Memories (Maroon 5 song)

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"Memories"
Maroon 5 - Memories.png
Single by Maroon 5
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)
Length3:09
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Maroon 5 singles chronology
"Three Little Birds"
(2018)
"Memories"
(2019)
Music video
"Memories" on YouTube

"Memories" is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released by 222 Records and Interscope Records on September 20, 2019, as the lead single from their upcoming seventh studio album.[1][2] The song was produced by lead vocalist Adam Levine and production team The Monsters and the Strangerz, and written by Levine, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Michael Pollack, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Jon Bellion, and Vincent Ford. The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Background[edit]

The band's lead singer, Adam Levine explained: "This song is for anyone who has ever experienced loss. In other words, this song is for all of us."[3] It is about the loss of the band's manager and Levine's friend, Jordan Feldstein who died on December 22, 2017.

According to guitarist, James Valentine: "It’s a different kind of song for us…It’s an important song for us. You know, we experienced some loss in the last couple of years. We lost our longtime manager, Jordan Feldstein. We heard the skeleton of this song and thought it matched where we were at."[1]

Remixes[edit]

The band released 3 remix versions of the song, featuring Dillon Francis on December 13, 2019, followed by Devault on December 16 and Cut Copy, on December 18, respectively.

Composition[edit]

"Memories" is based on the harmonic sequence and melody of "Pachelbel's Canon" by Johann Pachelbel.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Emily Zemler of Rolling Stone wrote that the "reflective, sentimental track [...] looks back on good times past with someone who's no longer here", describing it as having a "low-key rock sound as frontman Adam Levine pays homage to the memories of a loved one who has since passed."[5] Billboard noted the track is "arranged around light keys, guitars and vocals", calling it "sentimental [and] mellow".[6] Writing for USA Today, Maeve McDermott opined that the song is "primed for end-of-summer nostalgia" and compared Levine's vocals to Sting.[7] Spin magazine and Insider both listed "Memories" as one of the worst songs of 2019, with Insider's Callie Ahlgrim calling it "desperately generic".[8][9]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Memories" debuted at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 5, 2019,[10] later peaking at number two behind Post Malone's "Circles" and becoming the band's 10th top-five track.[11]

Music videos[edit]

Official video[edit]

The official music video was released on October 8, 2019 on YouTube. Directed by David Dobkin and shot by cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth.[12] This video is a reminiscent of Sinead O'Connor's music video for "Nothing Compares 2 U" (1990).[13] The video shows Adam Levine close to the camera singing in a dark background. It ends with the words "For Jordi", dedicated to Feldstein.[14]

Made with Memories video[edit]

On September 25, 2019, another music video for the song titled "Made with Memories", was released exclusively on Apple Music.[15] It shows a montage of photos with the young Levine and his family, as well as him with his friends are members of the band and the band are performed on touring in the world with various concerts.

Cover tribute video[edit]

The band released a cover tribute video on December 29, 2019.[16] This video contains more than 57 videos on YouTube, some are the song's cover versions and was performed by fans from around the world, including artists Connor Ball of The Vamps, Davina Michelle, Boyce Avenue and Kurt Hugo Schneider.

Lyric videos[edit]

An animated lyric video of the song was released on November 29, 2019, by the band's YouTube channel.[17] Directed by Andrew S. Cohen and Ryan Kieffer and was made by Confidential Cartoon Studios.

The video includes a number of items referencing the band's music videos for other songs: bow tie and toast glasses ("Sugar"), bug costume ("Don't Wanna Know" featuring Kendrick Lamar), mural ("Three Little Birds"), boxing gloves ("One More Night"), scorpion ("Wait"), black leather jacket ("Misery"), the payphone ("Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa), cherry blossom trees ("This Love"), a red lollipop and butterfly ("What Lovers Do" featuring SZA) and the microphone ("Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera), as well as other items including electric guitar, the Union Jack flag, Magic 8-Ball, The Voice cup, an album cover of Maroon 5's The Studio Albums (2016),[18] two MTV awards features the Moon Man in Video Music Award and the trophy in Europe Music Award, a Grammy Award and iHeartRadio Music Award trophy, tickets and a map of Los Angeles from the band's concerts and their tour bus, the M with a vertex logo from the band's sticker, the letter "V" from the band's fifth album and a collage of photos, all together inside a collection of boxes from the band's memories.[citation needed]

Another lyric video, which is the song's remix version by musician Dillon Francis, was released on his YouTube channel on December 13, 2019. It features a montage of home videos and pictures showing Francis' friend Noel Teacher Mor, with her family including her sister Kelly Teacher and more recent videos such as Francis and Noel are heading to various concerts from Coachella to Las Vegas in the United States. This video is dedicated to Noel, who died in cancer on September 30, 2019.[19]

Promotion[edit]

On September 18, 2019, Maroon 5 announced the release of the song with its cover art on social media after posting several collages of photos.[20][21] On September 25, the band collaborated with Apple for a feature within the Photos app to promote the track, allowing users to make a montage of their photos set to the song.[22]

Live performances[edit]

On October 6, 2019, Maroon 5 performed "Memories" for the first time on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which aired on October 7.[23] The following day, band members Levine and Valentine, performed an acoustic version of the song on The Howard Stern Show.[24] In December 2019, the band performed the song live in a concert at Doha, Qatar.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[97] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[98] Gold 20,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[99] Platinum 80,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[100] Gold 100,000*
Italy (FIMI)[101] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[102] Platinum 30,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[103] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[104] Gold 400,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version(s) Label Ref.
Various September 20, 2019 Original
United States September 23, 2019 Adult contemporary radio [105]
September 24, 2019 Top 40 radio [106]
Various December 13, 2019
  • Digital download
  • streaming
Dillon Francis Remix
December 16, 2019 Devault Remix
December 18, 2019 Cut Copy Remix

See also[edit]

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