Maroon 5 - Animals
Song by Maroon 5
from the album V
August 25, 2014
Adam Levine, Shellback, Benjamin Levin
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"Animals" is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released on August 25, 2014 as the second official single from the band's fifth studio album, V. It was written by Adam Levine, Benny Blanco and Shellback; the latter is also the producer.

The lyric video for the song was released on August 22, 2014 on Vevo. A snippet of "Animals" was featured in a Kia Soul commercial, published on August 21, 2014. For a limited time after the commercial premiered, the song was available for free download on the official Kia website. The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 giving Maroon 5 their tenth top 10 single in the U.S.

Music video Edit

The music video, directed by Samuel Bayer (who previously worked with the band on the clip for their 2012 single "Payphone") was released on September 29, 2014. It mainly features Adam Levine and his wife, Behati Prinsloo. The other musicians of Maroon 5 (including their touring member, Sam Farrar, who appeared in a music video of the band for the very first time) also make an appearance; they are seen playing at a nightclub in some scenes of the video.

Synopsis Edit

The video starts with a woman (played by Prinsloo) entering a slaughterhouse, where Levine's character works. After she leaves, an infatuated Levine begins to stalk the woman by following her in the streets and standing outside in the pouring rain to watch her. He also watches the woman in her sleep and takes numerous photos of Prinsloo (most of them were probably taken without her knowledge) which he later trims and places on wires around a dark room. Intercut with this are scenes of a shirtless Levine (wearing horn-rimmed glasses) singing the song inside a meat locker and using animal carcasses for punching bags. One evening, Levine follows the woman into a nightclub, where he tries to talk to her. Though Prinsloo is amused by Levine and his interest in her, she spends the evening talking to her girlfriends instead. Eventually, Levine is left with no luck, so he goes back to fantasizing about the girl. The final scenes feature Levine and Prinsloo as obsessed lovers kissing -- while disrobed and covered in fake blood.

Controversy Edit

The video has received strong negative criticism and has been condemned for dehumanizing women and glamorizing violence. Jessica Valenti of The Guardian criticized the video for attempting to make violence against women seem "edgy" stating that "there is nothing 'alternative' about showing women being stalked, hunted, raped or killed because it’s something that happens every damn day." RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) released a statement condemning the video, which wrote that "No one should ever confuse the criminal act of stalking with romance. The trivialisation of these serious crimes, like stalking, should have no place in the entertainment industry."

Chart performance Edit

In the United States, the song debuted at number 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. On October 18, 2014, the song rose from the number 33 to 8, giving the band their tenth top-ten hit overall and their seventh consecutive Hot 100 top-ten hit since the 2011 chart-topping single "Moves Like Jagger". The song reached its million sales mark in the US in November 2014. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 issue dating November 22, 2014 and spent fourteen weeks in the top 10.

In other countries, the song has made the top-ten progress as well, reaching number 2 in Canada. It is also a moderate success in the United Kingdom, where it charted at number 27.

Live performances Edit

The band performed the song on The Voice on November 10, 2014. In February 2015, band members Adam Levine, James Valentine and Jesse Carmichael performed the song for the Victoria's Secret Swim Special filmed in Puerto Rico.

Track listing Edit

Digital download Edit

  1. "Animals" — 3:48

Digital download (Remix) Edit

  1. "Animals" (Remix) (featuring J. Cole) — 3:58

CD single Edit

  1. "Animals" (Album Version) — 3:49
  2. "Animals" (Remix) (featuring J. Cole) — 3:58

Credits and personnel Edit

Locations Edit

  • Recorded at Conway Studios, Los Angeles; MXM Studios, Stockholm
  • Mixed at MixStar Studios, Virginia Beach


  • Songwriting – Adam Levine, Shellback, Benjamin Levin
  • Production – Shellback
  • Vocals – Adam Levine
  • Instrumentation, background vocals, programming – Shellback
  • Mixing – Serban Ghenea
  • Vocals recording – Shellback, Max Martin
  • Engineering – Noah Passovoy
  • Assistant engineers – Eric Eylands, Tim Roberts
  • Mix engineer – John Haynes
  • Guitar – James Valentine
  • Bass – Mickey Madden
  • Drums and percussion – Matt Flynn
  • Core Percussion – Cirkut
  • Keyboards – Jesse Carmichael, PJ Morton

Charts Edit

Weekly charts Edit

Chart (2014–15) Peak


Australia (ARIA) 62
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 47
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 22
Brazil (Hot 100 Airplay) 42
Bulgaria (IFPI) 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 2
Canada AC (Billboard) 1
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard) 1
Canada Hot AC (Billboard) 1
Croatia (Airplay Radio Chart) 6
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 25
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 3
Denmark (Tracklisten) 15
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 4
France (SNEP) 25
Germany (Official German Charts) 11
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 2
Hungary (Single Top 40) 8
Ireland (IRMA) 23
Israel (Media Forest) 5
Italy (FIMI) 13
Lebanon (The Official Lebanese Top 20) 2
Mexican Airplay (Billboard) 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 11
Norway (VG-lista) 15
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 20) 4
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 27
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 34
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 2
South Africa (EMA) 7
South Korea (Gaon) 12
South Korea International Chart (Gaon) 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 27
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 11
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) 1
US Billboard Hot 100 3
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard) 4
US Latin Airplay (Billboard) 32
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard) 18
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard) 21
US Top Twitter Tracks (Billboard) 2
Venezuela Pop General (Record Report) 15
Venezuela Pop Rock General (Record Report) 4
Venezuela Top Anglo (Record Report) 2

Year-end charts Edit

Chart (2014) Position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 60
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 71
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 63
Italy (FIMI) 77
US Billboard Hot 100 62

Certifications Edit

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada) 2× Platinum 160,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark) Platinum 30,000^
Italy (FIMI) Platinum 30,000
Sweden (GLF) Platinum 40,000x
United Kingdom (BPI) Silver 200,000
United States (RIAA) 1,000,000
Spain (PROMUSICAE) Gold 4,000,000^
  • sales figures based on certification alone</small>^shipments figures based on certification alone

xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history Edit

Country Date Format Version Label
Germany August 25, 2014 Digital download Album version Universal
United States September 23, 2014 Contemporary hit radio Interscope
United States October 21, 2014 Rhythmic contemporary radio Remix featuring J. Cole
Germany November 14, 2014 CD single Album version

Remix featuring J. Cole