|"Girls Like You"|
|Single by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B|
|from the album Red Pill Blues|
|Released||May 30, 2018|
|Studio||Conway (Los Angeles, California)|
|Maroon 5 singles chronology|
|Cardi B singles chronology|
"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. 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 11.9 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 Billboard's Greatest Hot 100 Hits of All Time, published in November 2021.
"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. 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."
"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. 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.
“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." 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."
"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. 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. 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, Malone's "Circles" broke the record in 2020. "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. With the single, the band scored its record-extending 13th number one on the Adult Top 40 radio airplay chart.
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. 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". 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".
As of May 2022, the music video has received more than 3.2 billion views and with over 20 million likes, making it YouTube's 20th most viewed and 18th most liked video. "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. The video was named the 23rd-most iconic pop music video of the 2010s by PopSugar.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
|2018||MTV Video Music Awards||Song of Summer||Nominated|||
|MTV Video Play Awards||Winning Video||Won|||
|Norwegian GAFFA Awards||Best Foreign Song||Nominated|||
|NRJ Music Awards||International Song of the Year||Won|||
|Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer Song|||
|E! People's Choice Awards||Music Video of the Year||Longlisted|||
|2019||ASCAP Pop Music Awards||Winning Song||Won|||
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Hot 100 Song|||
|Top Streaming Song (Video)||Nominated|
|Top Radio Song|
|Top Selling Song|
|BMI Pop Awards||Award Winning Songs|||
|Grammy Awards||Best Pop Duo/Group Performance||Nominated|||
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||Song of the Year|||
|Best Music Video|
|iHeartRadio Titanium Awards||Winning Song||Won|||
|Myx Music Awards||Favorite International Video||Nominated|||
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Collaboration|||
Digital download – Original
Digital download – Remix
Digital download – Cray Remix
Digital download – St. Vincent Remix
Digital download – Tokimonsta Remix
Digital download – WondaGurl Remix
Credits adapted from AllMusic and Tidal.
|Australia (ARIA)||9× Platinum||630,000|
|Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)||3× Platinum||120,000|
|Canada (Music Canada)||9× Platinum||720,000|
|Denmark (IFPI Danmark)||2× Platinum||180,000|
|Italy (FIMI)||3× Platinum||150,000|
|Mexico (AMPROFON)||2× Platinum+Gold||150,000|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||2× Platinum||60,000|
|Portugal (AFP)||3× Platinum||30,000|
|Spain (PROMUSICAE)||2× Platinum||80,000|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||2× Platinum||1,200,000|
|United States (RIAA)||Diamond||10,000,000|
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
|Various||May 30, 2018||Single|||
|United States||June 4, 2018||Hot adult contemporary|||
|June 5, 2018||Contemporary hit radio|||
|Italy||June 22, 2018||Universal|||
|United Kingdom||July 20, 2018||
|Various||August 2, 2018||Cray Remix||
|St. Vincent Remix|||