Maroon 5's 'Payphone' single: Has the band chosen a new 'Direction'? Listen here!

The last thing I want to do is stir the melodious pot, but if you’ve heard the leak of Maroon 5’s new single “Payphone” (featuring a drop-in by noted botanist Wiz Khalifa), do you agree that the sprightly song could very easily be sung by One Direction?

With a synthy hook and Adam Levine sweetly crooning, “If happy ever after did exist, I would still be holding you like this,” it’s pretty easy to replace the band’s signature electronic meta-funk with any of the boy band’s impish members.

But if you disagree, then ignore my diagnostic digression. “Payphone” is catchy, infectious, and overwhelmingly mellow, which is why it’s a welcome addition to a playlist I like to call Really Chill Morning Songs. Maroon 5’s fourth album, Overexposed, is due out June 26, but the single is fresh on the YouTube and radio circuits before it becomes officially available on iTunes after Levine and co. perform it on tonight’s episode of The Voice (8/7c on NBC). Take a listen below.

What do you think of “Payphone,” MusicMixers? Is it a natural extension of “Moves Like Jagger” or does it deviate too far from the Maroon 5 mold?

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