Girls Like You

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"Girls Like You" is a song recorded by American band Maroon 5 from their sixth studio album Red Pill Blues (2017). The track was written by lead singer Adam Levine, Starrah, Gian Stone, Cirkut, and Jason Evigan, with the latter two serving as producers. A second version featuring and co-written by American rapper Cardi B, was released on May 30, 2018, as the album's fifth and final single. The single version was included on the re-release edition of the album.

The song's accompanying music video was directed by David Dobkin, which features the band and Levine performing the song in the center of a room and a number of women making their appearances. The single achieved commercial success, spending seven weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it Maroon 5's fourth and Cardi B's third chart-topper, who extended her record for most number-ones among female rappers. +more It also spent 33 weeks in the top 10, tying both Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" and Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower" for the longest top 10 run in the chart's archives at the time and a record-setting 36 weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. Additionally, it reached number one in eleven other countries, including Canada and New Zealand.

The song was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2021 for selling more than 10 million units, with Cardi B becoming the first female rapper to achieve two Diamond certifications. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) it was the fifth-best selling song of 2018, with equivalent sales of 11. +more9 million units globally. "Girls Like You" ranked at number five on the Billboard decade-end chart for the 2010s, with Cardi B being the only female rapper on the top 40. Its music video has surpassed 3 billion views on YouTube. "Girls Like You" has won multiple awards, including at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards for Top Hot 100 Song, and received a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 61st Grammy Awards. It was ranked at 30 on Billboards Greatest Hot 100 Hits of All Time, published in November 2021.

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Background

"Girls Like You" was released as the ninth track on Red Pill Blues via Apple Music. On May 30, 2018, Maroon 5 announced a new version of the song with rapper Cardi B, as the fifth and final single from the album, following the song "Wait", which was later released on iTunes on that day. +more The band released four remix versions of "Girls Like You" on August 2, 2018, featuring St. Vincent, Tokimonsta, Cray and WondaGurl. In an interview with Variety, Levine stated he told Cardi before she wrote her verse, "I want you to put something down that shows your fierceness as a woman and say it however you want. ".

Composition

"Girls Like You" is a pop and pop rock song. It has a length of three minutes and 35 seconds in the original version, while the extended single version is 20 seconds longer. +more It was written by Adam Levine, Cirkut, Cardi B, Starrah, Jason Evigan and Gian Stone and was produced by Cirkut and Evigan.

The song is written in the key of C major with a tempo of 125 beats per minute. It moves in common time, with Levine's vocals spanning from C3 to C5.

Critical reception

“Girls Like You” received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Shaad D'Souza of Vice wrote, "Maroon 5, please don't ruin Cardi B," described the song as an example of "God awful, horrid, weird, marshmallow-soft songs sung by dudes pining after a ‘good girl’ who will finally fix all of their problems through the power of love", and deemed Cardi B's verse the best and only interesting part of the song, which considered "basically the antithesis of Adam Levine's whole weird muscular robot thing. +more" Time staff called it "more headache than hit" but acknowledging "Cardi B's verse is the only saving grace" of the song, and Spin staff described it as "profoundly shallow" as well as a "snoozefest, which trafficks in sentimental and borderline meaningless platitudes" and stated "[the song] dominated the charts thanks in no small part to walking charisma factory Cardi B. ".

Commercial performance

"Girls Like You" debuted at number 94 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and ascended to number four following its first full week of tracking after the music video's arrival. The single made the fourth-biggest jump (90 positions) in the Hot 100's history, and became Maroon 5's 14th and Cardi B's sixth top-ten single overall. +more After spending six weeks at number two behind Drake's "In My Feelings", the single reached number one on its 17th charting week, becoming Maroon 5's fourth chart topper-their first since 2012's "One More Night"-and Cardi B's third. Cardi extended her record for most number ones among female rappers. Maroon 5 became the duo or group with the most Hot 100 number ones in the 21st century.

"Girls Like You" became the first pop song to lead the chart after the record run of 34 consecutive weeks that rap songs had ruled the Hot 100, from January to September 2018. The single spent seven weeks atop the Hot 100, making Cardi the female rapper with the most cumulative weeks atop the chart, with eleven weeks. +more With 33 weeks in the top 10, it tied Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" for the longest top 10 run in the chart's archives. Also tied by Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower" in 2019, with the record was later broken by Malone's "Circles" in 2020, and The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" in 2021. "Girls Like You" also spent 36 consecutive weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary, breaking the previous record on the chart was Uncle Kracker's 2003 version of "Drift Away" for 28 weeks.

With "Girls Like You" following "I Like It" at the top of Radio Songs, Cardi B became the first female rapper to ever replace herself at number one on that chart. With 16 weeks on top, it tied Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" and No Doubt's "Don't Speak" for the second longest-leading number one on the Radio Songs chart, while matching Carey for the longest leading this century. +more With the single, the band scored its record-extending 13th number one on the Adult Top 40 radio airplay chart.

Music video

The music video premiered on YouTube, on May 31, 2018, at midnight 12AM (EDT) and was directed by David Dobkin. It follows Adam Levine, alone with a microphone in the center of a room, where the band playing instruments in the background, then a rotating assortment of women doing lip-syncing and dancing to the song around with Levine. +more The video featured appearances from Maroon 5's band members: guitarist James Valentine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, drummer Matt Flynn, keyboardist PJ Morton and multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar, with the song's featured artist Cardi B. In order of appearance, the video includes a number of women ranging from athletes, activists, actresses, models and singers who are making their cameos: Camila Cabello, Phoebe Robinson, Aly Raisman, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Lilly Singh, Amani al-Khatahtbeh, Trace Lysette, Tiffany Haddish, Angy Rivera, Franchesca Ramsey, Millie Bobby Brown, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Chloe Kim, Alex Morgan, Mary J. Blige, Beanie Feldstein, Jackie Fielder, Danica Patrick, Ilhan Omar, Elizabeth Banks, Ashley Graham and Rita Ora, with Levine's wife Behati Prinsloo and their daughter Dusty Rose.

The clothing worn by the guests of the music video features several messages that represent various social justice and identity movements. Immigrant rights activist Angy Rivera of New York State Youth Leadership Council wears her organization's T-shirt with the phrase "Undocumented Unafraid Unapologetic". +more Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman wore a T-shirt with the phrase "Always Speak Your Truth". Jackie Fielder, founder of indigenous-led San Francisco Defund DAPL Coalition, wore a T-shirt with the words "Divest, Water is Life".

"Girls Like You" topped YouTube's 2018 Songs of the Summer list globally, and ranked third in the United States. It is also Vevo's most viewed video of 2018. +more The video was named the 23rd-most iconic pop music video of the 2010s by PopSugar.

Alternative videos

Two alternate versions of the video were released, both directed by Dobkin. The first version is a vertical video which was released exclusively on Spotify, on August 27, 2018. +more Similar to the original video, it focuses on the same women singing and dancing in rotation, with the exception of Cabello. The second version, simply titled Volume 2, was released on October 16, 2018, on YouTube. This version includes additional footage and Cabello. The video ends with the voice of Dobkin saying "cut" and the sound of people clapping. In the second half of Volume 2, Levine briefly wears a t-shirt with the words "Liberation Not Deportation", created by the organization, NYSYLC.

Lyric video

The band released a lyric video of the original song on February 14, 2019 (Valentine's Day). The animated video follows Adam Levine's journey growing up, becoming a musician, forming the band now known as Maroon 5 and performing a sold-out concert. +more Levine is shown driving with various women in his car then spending time alone and focusing on his music. Finally, he meets and falls in love with Behati Prinsloo. They date, get married, and start a family at the end.

Live performances

On May 30, 2018, Maroon 5 performed "Girls Like You" for the first time in Tacoma, Washington from the Red Pill Blues Tour, where they also performed a cover version of "Forever Young" by Alphaville, as a tribute to their late manager Jordan Feldstein. On February 3, 2019, the band performed this song and featured the Georgia State University Marching Band for the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta, Georgia, while Cardi B also performed a solo version of the song for Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, the night before. +more In March 2019, Maroon 5 playing it for the Indian couple Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta from their wedding ceremony at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, India. On June 8, 2019, they also performed for the music festival concert, Capital's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. On October 25, the band performed "Girls Like You" for a live concert at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Awards and nominations

YearCeremonyCategoryResult
2018E! People's Choice AwardsMusic Video of the Year
2018MTV Video Music AwardsSong of SummerNominated
2018MTV Video Play AwardsWinning VideoWon
2018Norwegian GAFFA AwardsBest Foreign SongNominated
2018NRJ Music AwardsInternational Song of the YearWon
2018NRJ Music AwardsVideo of the YearNominated
2018Teen Choice AwardsChoice Summer SongNominated
2019ASCAP Pop Music AwardsAward Winning SongWon
2019ASCAP Pop Music AwardsPublisher of the Year (Sony/ATV)Won
2019Billboard Music AwardsTop Hot 100 SongWon
2019Billboard Music AwardsTop Streaming Song (Video)Nominated
2019Billboard Music AwardsTop CollaborationWon
2019Billboard Music AwardsTop Radio SongWon
2019Billboard Music AwardsTop Selling SongWon
2019BMI Pop AwardsAward Winning SongWon
2019Grammy AwardsBest Pop Duo/Group PerformanceNominated
2019iHeartRadio Music AwardsSong of the YearNominated
2019iHeartRadio Music AwardsBest Music VideoNominated
2019iHeartRadio Music AwardsBest LyricsNominated
2019iHeartRadio Music AwardsBest CollaborationNominated
2019iHeartRadio Titanium AwardsWinning SongWon
2019Myx Music AwardsFavorite International VideoNominated
2019Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite CollaborationNominated
2019RTHK International Pop Poll AwardsTop 10 International Gold SongWon
2019Webby AwardsMusic Video (Video) - Honoree

Track listing

Digital download - Original #"Girls Like You" - 3:35

Digital download - Remix #"Girls Like You" (featuring Cardi B) - 3:55

Digital download - Cray Remix #"Girls Like You" (Cray Remix) (featuring Cardi B) - 3:57

Digital download - St. Vincent Remix #"Girls Like You" (St. Vincent Remix) (featuring Cardi B) - 3:31

Digital download - Tokimonsta Remix #"Girls Like You" (Tokimonsta Remix) (featuring Cardi B) - 3:33

Digital download - WondaGurl Remix #"Girls Like You" (WondaGurl Remix) - 3:35

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from AllMusic and Tidal.

Recording * Recorded at Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California

Credits * Adam Levine - vocals, songwriter, lead guitar * Cardi B - featured vocals, songwriter * Cirkut - producer, songwriter, keyboards, backing vocals, programming * Starrah - songwriter * Jason Evigan - producer, songwriter, programming, additional guitars, keyboards * Gian Stone - songwriter, backing vocals * Serban Ghenea - mixer * Noah Passavoy - recording, additional keyboards, backing vocals * Isaiah Tejada - keyboards, synths

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2018-2020)Peak position
Argentina Anglo (Monitor Latino)2
Bolivia (Monitor Latino)3
Brazil (Top 100 Brasil)58
Chile Anglo (Monitor Latino)1
Croatia (HRT)1
Colombia (National-Report)37
El Salvador (Monitor Latino)10
Greece (IFPI)3
Iceland (Tonlist)1
Israel Top Songs International (Media Forest)1
Lebanon (OLT20)1
Malaysia (RIM)1
Mexico Airplay (Billboard)24
Panama (Monitor Latino)9
Paraguay Anglo (Monitor Latino)2
Peru Anglo (Monitor Latino)3
Puerto Rico (Monitor Latino)13
Romania (Airplay 100)1
Singapore (RIAS)1
Slovenia (SloTop50)2
South Korea Download International (Gaon)25
Venezuela Anglo (Record Report)1
Venezuela Pop (Record Report)11

Year-end charts

Chart (2018)Position
Argentina (Monitor Latino)66
Australia (ARIA)8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)13
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)16
Belgium (Ultratop Wallonia)4
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)6
CIS (Tophit)195
Croatia (HRT)33
Denmark (Tracklisten)31
Estonia (IFPI)22
France (SNEP)26
Germany (Official German Charts)25
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)30
Hungary (Single Top 40)13
Hungary (Stream Top 40)9
Iceland (Plötutíóindi)9
Ireland (IRMA)18
Italy (FIMI)24
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)65
Netherlands (Single Top 100)42
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)8
Poland (ZPAV)29
Portugal (AFP)16
Romania (Airplay 100)18
Spain (PROMUSICAE)55
South Korea International (Gaon)64
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)34
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)26
US Billboard Hot 10010
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)13
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)5
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)3
Chart (2019)Position
Argentina (Monitor Latino)33
Australia (ARIA)73
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)93
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)15
CIS (Tophit)97
Chile (Monitor Latino)86
Costa Rica (Monitor Latino)80
France (SNEP)130
Honduras (Monitor Latino)86
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)38
Iceland (Plötutíðindi)93
Portugal (AFP)102
Romania (Airplay 100)46
Russia Airplay (Tophit)93
Slovenia (SloTop50)21
South Korea (Gaon)186
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)87
US Billboard Hot 10022
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)16
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)42
US Rolling Stone Top 10076
Venezuela (Monitor Latino)100
Chart (2020)Position
Slovenia (SloTop50)48

Decade-end charts

Chart (2010-2019)Position
US Billboard Hot 1005

All-time charts

ChartPosition
US Billboard Hot 10030

Certifications

Release history

RegionDateFormat(s)VersionLabel(s)
VariousMay 30, 2018Single
United StatesJune 4, 2018Hot adult contemporarySingle
United StatesJune 5, 2018Contemporary hit radioSingle
ItalyJune 22, 2018Contemporary hit radioSingleUniversal
United KingdomJuly 20, 2018Polydor
VariousAugust 2, 2018Cray Remix
VariousAugust 2, 2018St. +more Vincent Remix
VariousAugust 2, 2018Tokimonsta Remix
VariousAugust 2, 2018WondaGurl Remix
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