The song was featured on the television shows Entourage and The Hills. Before the release of "Wake Up Call", the band promoted by performing it a half-step lower. The song was BBC Radio 1 playlisted for the playlist week beginning July 18, 2007. As of June 2014, the song has sold 1,821,000 copies in the US.
The music video for "Wake Up Call" is directed by Jonas Åkerlund. The video is presented as a trailer for an imaginary NC-17-rated film. It features Adam Levine's leading lady for the video, Kim Smith, talking with the suspicious Levine, asking for his forgiveness since she had sex with another man whom Levine doesn't know and who serves as the antagonist in the video. As the video progresses, Levine arrives home, kicking down the door upon hearing noises coming from the bedroom and catches his girlfriend cheating on him with the other man (played by Jeremy Sisto).
As his girlfriend tries to break up the fight between both men while attempting to explain the reason of her infidelity to her boyfriend, Levine immediately shoots him in the chest, killing him. While his girlfriend watched in horror as her lover dies from the fatal gunshot, Levine covers up the body and drags it out of the bedroom. The rest of the video centers around Maroon 5, while Levine and Smith going through an elaborate plan to cover up the murder. Stormy Daniels makes a cameo appearance as the pole dancer.