Memories

Album: Yet to be titled (2019)
Charted: 5 2

Songfacts®:

  • "Memories" is a sparse, reflective track in which Adam Levine looks back on the good times with a loved one while enjoying some drinks with friends. The effects of the alcohol and camaraderie with his pals cause his emotions to bubble up as he remembers their times together.

    Levine shared on Twitter: "This song is for anyone who has ever experienced loss. In other words, this song is for all of us."
  • The wistful song's melody is based on the eight-chord progression (I-V-vi-iii-IV-I-IV-V) of Johann Pachelbel's "Canon In D Major." Other contemporary songs that borrow from the perennial popular 17th century work include The Bee Gees' debut hit "Spicks And Specks", Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Canon," Vitamin C's "Graduation (Friends Forever)," Cher's "The Greatest Thing," The Farm's "All Together Now," Blues Traveler's "Hook" and N-Dubz's "We Dance On."
  • Adam Levine is the only Maroon 5 band member credited as a song writer. The others are:

    Songwriter Michael Pollack, whose other credits include Zara Larsson's "Ruin My Life" and Kelly Clarkson's "I Don't Think About You."

    Singer and rapper Jon Bellion, who is best known for his 2016 hit "All Time Low."

    American songwriter Jacob Kasher, who previously collaborated with Levine on Maroon 5's "Sugar." His other credits include Cobra Starship's "Good Girls Go Bad" and Charlie Puth's "Attention."

    Vincent Ford

    Jordan K. Johnson and Stefan Johnson of The Monsters and the Strangerz production team. Maroon 5 have worked with them several times in the past including "It Was Always You" and "Best 4 U". They are also credited with co-producing the track along with Levine.
  • Maroon 5 teamed up with Apple Inc. to create a Personal Memories Photo App to promote the song. The idea is that iPhone and iPad users can bring their own memories to life within the photo app by creating a movie scored by the band's tune.

    Said Adam Levine, "No matter what happens in the world around you, think about those people you love and share some good memories. We wrote this song to bring people together. It's an important message for right now."
  • Adam Levine wrote the song in honor of his former manager and best friend, Jordan Feldstein. "I was in diapers with this guy. And he passed away recently, and so this song came to me at a very interesting time," he explained on the October 7, 2019, episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I filled in the holes with the proper words that I thought would match the experience that I had been going through. It's very heavy. I have never had a song about anything quite like this."

    Jordan Feldstein was the older brother of actor and comedian Jonah Hill. He passed away in December 2017 from a blood clot in his leg aged just 40.
  • The song's music video was filmed by the American movie director David Dobkin (Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers) and cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth (Fight Club, The Social Network). Dobkin also helmed the band's clips for "Sugar," "Don't Wanna Know" and "Girls Like You."

    The minimalist visual features a stripped-down emotional performance of the song by Adam Levine. The camera opens on an extreme close-up of the Maroon 5 frontman, before slowly panning out. At the end of the video, the words "For Jordi" appear on-screen in a handwritten font as a dedication to Maroon 5's late manager.
  • Dobkin was in London prepping for a big movie when Levine asked him to direct the clip. He ended up doing it remotely months before Zoom became commonplace in the COVID-19 era.

    "I directed the 'Memories' video from London with my director of photography in L.A... it was ridiculous! And it worked," Dobkin told ABC Audio. "I directed that video from 7,000 miles away! It's a one-take. But it was beautiful and it was emotional and it worked."

Comments: 15

  • Carol From Chico from Chico, CaI adore Adam’s talent and music. I listen to CD’s of all of his fantastic songs. Memories is the best. I have lost 6 of 8 family members and Adam’s song brings back wonderful Memories. BTW, Memories is still in the top 100 a year after release. I believe many love it like I do.
  • Evelyn from Vancouver, Washington I loved this song so much by Maroon 5. Bring back memories of my dearest brother Semy and Juanito who left us too soon! Thanks Adam for capturing everyone's emotions through those sweet memories of, either family or friends.
  • Sharon Gresham from Cincinnati OhioWondered where this song came about for you. Heard it every single day to and from the hospital when my husband was in for cancer treatment/ surgery. Literally every day to and from hospital!! He passed away December 18, 2019! Blood clot!! Pulinmary embolism!! 3/4 through his surgery!! But your saying played every single day for a good month when I went to hospital AND on my way home from hospital! Never thought it would be "My Song"!! Thank you Adam!!!!! It hits me right to my heart! And every time I hear it I blare the radio and if appropriate... Drink a beer!!! In honor of him!!
  • Lost Stepson from Fort Mill, South Carolina4/1/07 our son was murdered & his partner also. Reason..criminal didn't like cops. His family visit him in jail. We visit our son in graveyard. Murdered Palm Sun. buried Good Friday. This song just helps me feel his presence.
  • Kelvizo from ZambiaI really like this song
    it brings back Memories indeed.Cheers to you Big man
  • Scott B. from San FranciscoWhen he sings "There's a time that I remember" it feels like a Bob Marley melody
  • Bridget from CoThis is my favorite song by Maroon 5. It brings back a few memories of my own, especially the ones where I was hanging out with my friends in 6th grade, talking about crazy stuff like hackers, playing outside, and just having fun!
  • Anonymous from Odisha,indiaI love this song.it's beautiful..
  • Sarah from LeedsI lost my baby boy in August and everything about this song reminds me of him. It brings me to tears every time I hear it but it keeps the memory of him here with me too. It’s a beautiful song to remember those we love in every way
  • Christiane Maldonado from Virginia Beach, VaYour song "Memories"
    Not only brought tears to my eyes but Touched my heart in so many ways! I had just lost my big brother right before Xmas ! We waited until the 2nd week of January so all the family could travel to new Mexico, and on my way to the funeral I heard your song! It took my breath away cause it brought me back as a kid to NYC with my brother listening to "45"s & Albums ! Plus just how much I will miss him and how I will never stop loving him so "Cheers" to him and all our love ones! Thank you Adam !
  • Mite from Ethiopia My Tears came off early as i heard this song,
    RIP to those we lost
  • Linda Greengrass from Cochrane Ab CanadaI was immediately drawn to your song memories Adam. It touched my heart. That must have been a shock losing Jordy so suddenly. I lost my husband suddenly as well. My Heart and thoughts go out to you. God bless. I play this song often for my husband Allan.
  • Rita L from Blue MountainsThank you for this song. I lost my husband recently. He was my best friend and companion. We planned to do a lot of things together before he passed. I miss him a lot but the memories keep coming back with smiles of those good times, yet sadness knowing they won't be repeated in the future. Your song expresses all my sentiments to a tee. Thank you.
  • Anonymouswhats the deeper meaning of this song
  • Miki Smirl from Upland CaMaroon Five, Adam Levine, you touch my heart with your song Memories. Thank you.
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