In a few weeks, Maroon 5 will deliver the band’s fourth album, Overexposed. But first they’d like to remind you of their breakout debut, Songs About Jane, which is getting the rerelease treatment today in honor of its tenth anniversary.
Can you believe it’s been a decade since a young, Voice-less Adam Levine first entered our lives? To put that in perspective, take into consideration that Songs About Jane is older than: Kanye West’s College Dropout, the Postal Service’s Give Up, and most Carly Rae Jepsen fans.
But Maroon 5′s debut wasn’t an immediate hit. Its first single, “Harder to Breathe,” was only a modest success, topping out at No. 18 on the Billboard 100 when it was released in 2002. It wasn’t until two years later when band released their next single, “This Love,” that things took off: chart domination, a Grammy win, and the seal of approval from John Mayer, who told Rolling Stone, “It’s one of those perfect songs you always hope to write.” The album became the tenth best-selling album of 2004, two years after its release.
To get an idea of how that hit single — and its follow-up, “She Will Be Loved” — came to be, the Songs About Jane: Tenth Anniversary Edition includes a second disc containing demo versions of the tracks, which you can listen to here.
And as a bonus, we’ve also included an exclusive video of Levine and the guys trying to pick out a band name. (Let’s just say we’re not writing this post about a band named Maroon Poon.)
Check it all out in the videos below: