"She Will Be Loved" is a song by the American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song was written by frontman Adam Levine and lead guitarist James Valentine. It was released as the third single from Maroon 5's debut album, Songs About Jane (2002). The single peaked at #5 in the United States, and by December 2012 had sold more than 2,722,000 digital downloads. It peaked at #4 in the United Kingdom. In Australia, it reached #1, a position it held for 5 non-consecutive weeks. The single is noted for its music video starring Kelly Preston in a mother-daughter love triangle with lead singer Adam Levine. The video is also in Sepia.
The song proved as successful as the band's previous hits, "This Love" and "Harder to Breathe", hitting number 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts, but it prompted many alternative radio outlets to remove Maroon 5 from their playlists, on the ground that the band's newer songs were too light for alt-rock audiences. These stations continued to play "Harder to Breathe" and "This Love", but Maroon 5's newer hits were played only on pop and adult contemporary stations. As of June 2014, the song has sold over 3,000,000 copies in the US.
"She Will Be Loved" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #50 as the Hot Shot debut of the week on July 24, 2004. The song rose to #20 on August 21, 2004, giving Maroon 5 their third consecutive top-twenty hit on the chart. "She Will Be Loved" continued to gain in performance and rose to #9 on September 11, 2004, becoming Maroon 5's second top-ten hit from Songs About Jane after the band's previous hit "This Love". The song reached its peak position at #5 on September 25, 2004, matching the peak position of "This Love" from earlier that year. It fell to #6 a week later and stayed in that position for three weeks, before rising back up to #5 on October 23, 2004 for two more consecutive weeks. "She Will Be Loved" was certified platinum on April 18, 2011 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold 3,197,000 copies in the US as of June 15, 2014.
The music video for "She Will Be Loved" tells a sad love story, featuring a lovelorn socialite (Kelly Preston) and her rich, deadbeat, abusive husband, whose relationship is juxtaposed with that of their daughter's (Corinne Carrey) relationship with a young man (played by lead singer Adam Levine). The younger man, however, constantly obsesses over his girlfriend's mother, understanding that, although she is constantly rejected by her husband and that her life is one of emotional anxiety, she is nonetheless beautiful and attractive, and possibly more so than his own girlfriend.
The video is commonly compared to the film The Graduate as it has similarities with the storyline between the daughter, the boyfriend and the mother. It should be noted that the version of the song used in the music video is the radio mix version found on the 10th Anniversary Edition of Songs About Jane. As of September 2015, the song has accumulated over 240 million views on YouTube.
The video starts with Levine standing in front of a swimming pool. As he's about to dive in, flashbacks appear: a younger woman swimming in a pool, Levine and the younger woman sharing a kiss, Levine comforting another woman who appears to be in distress, the older woman hiding alone in her car, and the older woman embracing the young man. Levine front-flips into the pool and is submerged underwater, completely unaware of what's to happen to him in falling in love that summer. Flashbacks show the two women walking side by side in the city as someone watches them from his/her car and all three protagonists are face to face, hinting at events that will ensue.
After which, the young man and his girlfriend visit her home and dive into a swimming pool kissing. After they resurface from swimming, the young man looks to his girlfriend as she's being cared for by another woman who is revealed to be the girlfriend's mother. The mother helps her daughter dry from swimming and glances in the young man's direction. As the young couple relax at her parent's social gathering, everyone, except the young man, are oblivious to the reality that not everything is right in the mother's relationship with the much older man.
One night while walking down the stairs, the young man comes to find someone lying unconscious in the room. Recognizing the unconscious to be the mother, he goes to revive her and discovers that she's been abused by someone (judging by the red lipstick smeared across her face and other signs of physical abuse). The mother awakens and inexplicably kisses Levine, who returns her affections. Flashbacks show that the mother was beaten by her husband moments earlier.
After the encounter, the young man appears to become infatuated, parking his car outside a building one day to watch the mother and the daughter shop together, seeing how they're laughing and having a great time. The mother also appears to become infatuated, parking her car outside the young couple's house one night to watch him. After a discussion with his girlfriend, Levine sees the mother watching him from her car and she waves at him. When Levine and his band perform "She Will Be Loved" during a concert at the bar lounge, his girlfriend watches from the crowd. However, Levine sees the mother looking back at him instead of his girlfriend. When the young couple dance together, he fantasizes about being with the mother. Later that night, the mother is found to be in the bar wearing a red dress and makeup. As she watches him, Levine looks at the mother, then looks at his girlfriend smiling at him and ponders about the complicated situation.
At the end of the video, having still gained no romantic attention from her husband and seeing how in love the young couple are, the mother is overcome with emotion and walks away crying. Levine follows after to console her and they embrace, nearly kissing. The video features a twist in the ending as it is revealed the young man is not singing about the mother at all and is actually singing about her daughter. In a flashback, the daughter went walking down the stairs into room occupied by Levine and her mother and caught them in the middle of kissing. The line I tried so hard to say goodbye tells us that he tried to leave his girlfriend for her mother. However, he couldn't end the relationship as he still loves her.