Put on your fancy leotards & get prepared to give your best Mick Jagger impression, ‘cause it’s time for Maroon 5’s 2011 monster of a hit Dance track, “Moves Like Jagger.” Featuring the powerfully soulful voice of Pop diva Christina Aguilera, this song takes off with an unstoppable sense of forward momentum from the get-go, an infinitely danceable tune with one of the catchiest hooks in modern music. With the crisp sound of funky, clean guitar tones paired with a traditional hi-hat & snare Dance Rock rhythm holding down an aggressively brisk pace, “Moves…” bridges the gap between groovy Disco numbers of the seventies’ & the modern world of Dance Pop with extreme ease, transporting audiences to a discotheque in Los Angeles circa-2077, able to show their moves & shake their rumps to their heart’s desire. This was one of the first songs from Maroon 5 to signal their new Pop-ified aesthetic, focused much more on mainstream club hits than their usual R&B vibe, justified by the inclusion of Aguilera who had just a couple years earlier reinvented herself with the soulful burlesque stylings of “Ain’t No Other Man.” Together they would create a song so powerfully catchy that it’s either seen as an absolute jam or an auditory nuisance, no grey area existing in-between.
The song’s composition itself is pretty straightforward, the perfect example of what studio-execs think electronic music listeners are into, filled with a fairly simple drum rhythm, scratchy daisy-chained synth accompaniment & a ton of slightly-digitized vocal layering, fitting in nicely with the generic Synth Pop of Lady Gaga’s influence at the time. To counteract this apparent simplicity, the music video for “Moves…” tries to steal the show with a genuine Jagger-fest, giving endless amounts of camera-time to Jagger impersonators as they mimic the Rock legend’s dance moves & gyrate in front of the camera, accented by just as many shots of a shirtless & physically trim Adam Levine for good measure; With this combination of fan-service & comedic value, the video succeeds in keeping viewers entertained, drawing them back to the video & the song itself many times over, contributing to the lasting success of this song despite its divisive nature – Whatever side of the coin you fall on, it’s highly likely you’ve enjoyed more nights than you’d care to admit jumping around to this noughties Pop classic.
Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, Ammar Malik, Shellback
"Moves like Jagger" is a song by American band Maroon 5 featuring singer Christina Aguilera. It was released by A&M Octone Records on June 21, 2011, as the fourth and final single from the re-release of the group's third studio album Hands All Over (2010). The song was written by Adam Levine, Ammar Malik, Benjamin Levin, and Shellback; the latter two are also the producers. "Moves like Jagger" is a dance-pop and electropop song and is backed by synths and electronic drums. The lyrics refer to a male's ability to impress a love interest with his dance moves, which he compares to those of Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones.