It Was Always You

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"It Was Always You"
Maroon 5 - It Was Always You Single Cover.png
Promotional single by Maroon 5
from the album V
Released July 29, 2014 (2014-07-29)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013–14; Conway Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Electropop
Length 4:00
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"It Was Always You" is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. The song was released by Interscope Records on July 29, 2014, as the first promotional single from their fifth studio album, V.

Composition and recording[edit]

"It Was Always You" was written by Maroon 5's lead singer Adam Levine, Sam Martin, Jason Evigan, Marcus Lomax, Jordan Johnson and Stefan Johnson.[1] It was produced by Jason Evigan[2] and The Monsters and the Strangerz.[3] The upbeat ballad, lyrically about friends becoming lovers,[3][4] features Levine singing such lyrics as: "Woke up sweating from a dream / With a different kind of feeling", "Hazel eyes, I was so color blind", "It was always you / Can't believe I could not see it all this time, all this time", "Now I know why my heart wasn't satisfied, satisfied" and "All my hidden desires finally came alive" in his signature falsetto, belted over synthesizers.[5] E! Online's Chima Simone noted that these lyrics might refer to Levine's wife Behati Prinsloo.[5] "Sometimes what you’re looking for is right in front of you," MTV News' Christina Garibaldi noted as the song's central message.[3] Levine is joined on the song by fellow Maroon 5 members: keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael (who did not perform on the band's 2012 album Overexposed), drummer Matt Flynn, bassist Mickey Madden, keyboardist PJ Morton and lead guitarist James Valentine.[5]

In a departure from the band's usual pop rock songs and their previous pop-leaning single "Maps", "It Was Always You" incorporates electronic synthesizers (opening with "jittery synths", according to Idolator's Mike Wass)[4] and is an electropop song.[3][5] Its sound has been compared to 1980s music.[3] While noted as a different musical style for the band, Wass described it as "unmistakably Maroon 5".[4]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 43
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 19
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[8] 39
Europe (Euro Digital Songs)[9] 35
France (SNEP)[10] 76
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 88
Italy (FIMI)[12] 50
Portugal (Billboard)[13] 34
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[14] 19
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[15] 38
South Korea (GAON)[16] 65
South Korea International Chart (GAON)[17] 2
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[18] 32
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 53
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 40
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 45

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
South Korea International Chart (Gaon)[22] 62

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[23] Gold 25,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Australia[24] July 29, 2014 Digital download Interscope Records
France[25]
United Kingdom[26]
United States[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "V (Deluxe Version) by Maroon 5". iTunes Store. Interscope Records. July 29, 2014. Archived from the original on March 10, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2014.  Information available by purchasing "It Was Always You", or by viewing the iTunes Store (with version 11.3 of iTunes) in Column Browser mode, selecting Music > Pop > Pop/Rock > Maroon 5 > V (Deluxe Version), right-clicking "It Was Always You", and selecting "Get Info".
  2. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100". www.billboard.com. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014-09-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Garibaldi, Christina (July 30, 2014). "Adam Levine Crosses The Line From Friends To Lovers On Maroon 5′s New Track: Listen Now". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Wass, Mike (July 29, 2014). "Maroon 5 Embrace Synths On 'It Was Always You': Listen To The Upbeat 'V' Buzz Track". Idolator. Spin Media. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Simone, Chima (July 29, 2014). "Is Maroon 5's Newest Single 'It Was Always You' About Adam Levine's Hot Model Wife?". E! Online. NBCUniversal. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Maroon 5 – It Was Always You". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201432 into search. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "Euro Digital Songs". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Maroon 5 – It Was Always You" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Maroon 5 – It Was Always You". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  12. ^ "FIMI – Classifiche – Top Digital – Classifica settimanale WK 37 del 2014". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana (in Italian). Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  13. ^ "Portugal Digital Songs - Peak". Billboard. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  15. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201432 into search. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  16. ^ "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). GAON. Archived from the original on September 24, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Maroon 5 – It Was Always You" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Maroon 5 – It Was Always You". Singles Top 100. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  22. ^ "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon. Archived from the original on January 10, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Italian single certifications – Maroon 5 – It Was Always You" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  24. ^ "It Was Always You". Google Play Store. Google Inc. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "It Was Always You - Maroon 5". Qobuz. Qobuz Media. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  26. ^ "It Was Always You". 7digital. Archived from the original on 15 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  27. ^ "It Was Always You". 7digital US. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.