Maroon 5’s ‘Sugar’ Proves To Be Sweetest ‘Single’ Despite Video Controversy

Maroon 5 is set to release their greatest hits album, Singles, next week and fans of the band can’t seem to wait to relive their favorite moments with Adam Levine and company. But, “Sugar,” the closing track off the illustrious list of twelve Maroon 5 hits, is proving to be the sweetest of them all, despite the controversies surrounding the music video the group filmed to help promote it.

Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” the band’s final release off last year’s hit album V, was praised for it’s “catchy and retro vibe” and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Chart according to the Wikipedia page devoted solely to the Adam Levine penned tune.

PPCorn labeled the song a “treat” focusing on the manner in which Adam Levine delivers the vocals.

“Indeed, the lead singer is broken down and in need of love, pleading sincerely, ‘I’m right here / ’cause I need / a little love and a little sympathy.’ Adam works best in his vulnerable state of mind, which refrains him from the typical male whining on breakup/makeup type records. The voice sounds clear and determined to rekindle his love. As a result, the hugely successful pop band create one of their best ballads since the song, ‘Won’t Go Home Without You.’ In addition, the vocal presentation from Adam Levine brings a subtle touch of vulnerability.”

And according to Headline Planet the song crossed the 2 million mark faster than both “Animals” and “Maps,” the first two singles off Maroon 5’s most recent album, V, with the latter failing to top that benchmark until well into the summer. “Sugar” held the number one positions on the Mediabase pop airplay and Billboard Pop Songs chart in April while shifting just shy of 147,000 paid downloads during that time, as well.

The song has even been covered by the likes of Luke Bryan and Randy Houser, who has transformed the Adam Levine sung tune into a country version back in July, according to Rolling Stone. More recently, fellow The Voice coach Pharrell took the opportunity on the show to sing his version of “Sugar” for the show when the judges chose hits to sing for one another.

All this attention for a tune that was laced with controversy. As reported by Inquistr, Adam Levine admitted that the song’s viral video was staged with Maroon 5 seemingly crashing a number of unsuspecting weddings around the L.A. area.

“Half of the weddings we crashed and the other half were set up,” Adam told the National during an interview over the summer.

A little controversy can often help instead of hurt, as evidenced by Maroon 5. “Sugar” is perhaps the sweetest hit to be found on their upcoming greatest hits album, “Singles.”

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