Stereo Hearts

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"Stereo Hearts"
Gym Class Heroes - Stereo Hearts.jpg
Single by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine
from the album The Papercut Chronicles II
ReleasedJune 14, 2011
FormatDigital download
Recorded2011
Genre
Length3:31
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Gym Class Heroes singles chronology
"Guilty as Charged"
(2008)
"Stereo Hearts"
(2011)
"Ass Back Home"
(2011)
Adam Levine singles chronology
"Bang Bang"
(2008)
"Stereo Hearts"
(2011)
"Gotten"
(2012)

"Stereo Hearts" is a song by American group Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine (the lead singer of 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 Bis 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]

A 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, 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.[8]

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."[9] 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."[10]

Live performances, cover versions and in other media[edit]

The band and Adam Levine performed "Stereo Hearts" at the 2011 American Music Awards, along with Christina Aguilera for the Maroon 5 song "Moves like Jagger" on November 20, 2011[11] and The Today Show on February 3, 2012.[12]

The song was covered by the cast of Glee (Samuel Larsen, Dianna Agron, Chord Overstreet and Amber Riley) who performed on the episode "Heart".[13] It is also covered by artists Christina Grimmie,[14] Katelyn Tarver,[15] Tanner Patrick,[16] Jason Chen,[17] Sara Niemietz,[18] MattyBRaps & Skylar Stecker,[19] Avery,[20] Paulina[21] and Megan & Liz.[22]

The song appears as a downloadable content in the video game Rock Band 3 and was remixed by Dillon Francis, along with a sample for the song "IDGAFOS".

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[23]
  1. "Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)" – 3:31
  • German CD single[24]
  1. "Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)" – 3:31
  2. "Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)" – Soul Seekers Retronica Extended Mix – 6:17

Charts and certifications[edit]

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