|First posted 7/14/2019; updated 1/26/2020.|
Girls Like You
Maroon 5 with Cardi B
Writer(s): Adam Levine/Henry Walter/Belcalis Almanzar/Brittany Talia Hazzard/Jason Evigan/Gian Stone (see lyrics here)
Released: May 30, 2018
First Charted: June 9, 2018
Peak: 17 US, 12 RR, 136 AC, 114 A40, 7 UK, 110 CN, 2 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)
Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 1.2 UK, 3.88 world (includes US + UK)
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 3051.0 video, 980.0 streaming
The fifth single from an album isn’t supposed to be the biggest hit, but no one told Maroon 5. The song was the band’s fourth trip to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and thirteenth trip to the peak of the Adult Top 40 chart. it also became the biggest hit in the history of the adult contemporary chart when it passed Uncle Kracker’s 2003 cover of “Drift Away,” which spent 28 weeks at #1. “Girls” eventually spent 36 weeks atop the chart.
The song topped the chart in eleven other countries and tied Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” for most weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. WK Before it spent 7 weeks atop that chart, it held the runner-up spot behind Drake’s “In My Feelings” for 6 weeks. WK When “Girls Like You” reached the summit, it broke a record 34-week stranglehold which rap had held on the charts. SF
The song is about the protagonist appreciating his girl after overcoming difficulties in their relationship and the boy acknowledging how they need each other. A portion of the song’s success can be attributed to the remix featuring female rapper Cardi B. Maroon 5’s lead singer Adam Levine told Variety magazine, that he said to her, “I want you to put something down that shows your fierceness as a woman and say it however you want.” WK
The video was Vevo’s most-viewed of 2018. WK It was directed by David Dobkin, who also worked with Maroon 5 on “Sugar” and “Don’t Wanna Know.” SF It featured Levine at a microphone in the center of a room which revolves to reveal a slew of female celebrities dancing and lip-synching around him. Among them were Elizabeth Banks, Mary J. Blige, Millie Bobby Brown, Camila Cabello, ellen DeGeneres, Gal Gadot, Tiffany Hadish, Jennifer Lopez, and Danica Patrick. The video ends with Levine and his wife Behati Prinsloo and their baby girl, Dusty Rose. A second version of the video featured additional footage with the same women from the first version. It garnered another 260 million views.
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