The History of Maroon 5 and Adam Levine

Maroon 5 originally formed in 1994 in Los Angeles, California as Kara's Flowers. After 1 failed album, the members changed their name and sound. Thanks to their catchy, pop rock-oriented singles, they found slow but steady success with their 1st album. Maroon 5 became the biggest pop rock act of the 2000s with album number 2 and continued this success with their 3rd record, while frontman Adam Levine also dabbled in outside projects. They collaborated with many artists and achieved 2 chart-topping singles in the later half of the decade. In this video, takes a look at the history of Maroon 5.

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Kara’s Flowers
Maroon 5 formed in 1994 in Los Angeles, California. Consisting of high school friends Adam Levine on vocals, Jesse Carmichael on keyboards, Mickey Madden on bass and Ryan Dusick on drums, the alternative rock band was originally dubbed Kara’s Flowers. Their one album on Reprise Records was a flop, so the band was then dismissed from the label.

Maroon 5

By the end of the ‘90s, they reunited to record a more pop and R&B-influenced demo, and finally got noticed by Octone Records. The addition of guitarist James Valentine, and a name change followed, and Maroon 5 was born. They spent the beginning of the new century playing shows and writing songs, and soon went into the studio to record their debut.


The pop and alternative rock disc Songs About Jane was unveiled in 2002. Sales were initially slow, but once “Harder to Breathe” won radio support, things got a boost all the way to the Billboard Hot 100 top twenty. Meanwhile, the attention Maroon 5 was attracting thanks to their likeable tunes allowed them to tour with several high-profile acts over the next few years.

Slow Top Ten Success

By 2004, the Songs About Jane re-issue found a place within the top ten thanks to the release of “This Love,” earlier that year. That track hit the top ten in numerous countries, including the U.S., where it eventually won a Grammy and was accompanied by a particularly risqué music video. Later that year, “She Will Be Loved,” became another top five single and transformed them into America’s hottest pop rock band.

Touring and Outside Projects

Maroon 5 complemented their trendy tunes with energetic live performances. Around this time, Levine started carving out a career outside the band by lending his vocals to songs by assorted artists. By mid-decade, Maroon 5’s exhausting tour schedule had taken its toll on Dusick, so he was replaced by drummer Matt Flynn.

First Number One Song

The band’s sophomore effort It Won’t Be Soon Before Long dropped in 2007 and shot to the top of the Billboard 200 chart. It picked up on the pop and rock mood of their previous disc, but also expanded their sound with electric and funk influences. The first single, “Makes Me Wonder,” barely cracked the Billboard top 100 early in the year. However, by the time its parent album made its number one debut, the song had leapt over 60 positions to the top of the charts.

Second Album Re-release

While touring the world and making television appearances, Maroon 5 re-released their second disc in 2008. Pop starlet Rihanna added more R&B flavor to this version on the single “If I Never See Your Face Again.” While it only charted at the 51st position on Billboard’s Hot 100, the song later received a Grammy nod.

Adam Levine Collaborations

During this period, Levine made sure to keep his star shining by appearing on TV and collaborating with different acts.

“Moves Like Jagger”

2010’s Hands All Over went to number two, despite mixed reviews. The album’s highest-charting single was the top twenty track, “Misery,” until the catchy and highly danceable “Moves Like Jagger” came out the next year. Featuring pop princess Christina Aguilera, the disco and synth-heavy tune arrived on the 2011 re-release of Hands All Over and went on to top multiple charts across the globe.

“The Voice,” “The Hunger Games,” and More

While basking in the song’s success, Maroon 5 kept busy: they showed their faces on numerous TV shows and contributed to the companion album for the film “The Hunger Games.” Levine acted as coach and judge on the reality show, “The Voice,” and continued working with other musicians. Meanwhile, touring keyboardist PJ Morton was brought in to take Carmichael’s place when he took some time off.


In 2012, the band dropped the dance-driven pop effort Overexposed. The album was preceded by the top five single “Payphone,” which was another radio success.

Pop Rock Stars

Maroon 5 became the biggest thing in pop thanks to memorable and relatable lyrics, as well as their blend of funk, dance, rock and R&B. Add a highly charismatic frontman, plus millions of albums sold and chart success to the mix, and there really is no wonder that they will be loved.

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