Must Get Out

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"Must Get Out"
Must Get Out.jpg
Single by Maroon 5
from the album Songs About Jane
B-side "This Love"
Released April 5, 2005
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Length 3:59 (album version)
3:53 (radio edit)
Label Octone
Producer(s) Matt Wallace
Maroon 5 singles chronology
"Sunday Morning"
"Must Get Out"
"Makes Me Wonder"

"Must Get Out" is a song by American band Maroon 5, taken from their debut album, Songs About Jane (2002). Written by the band members Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael, and produced by Matt Wallace, the song was released as the fifth and final single from the album on April 5, 2005. A downtempo song, "Must Get Out" has a "dreamy" lyrical story about a tough period of a relationship. The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who praised Levine's vocals and the song's hook, considering it a highlight on the album. "Must Get Out" charted inside the top-ten in Netherlands, while reaching the top-forty in other three territories, including the United Kingdom – where it became the band's fifth top-forty hit. The song featured on Maroon 5's live album titled Live – Friday the 13th (2005). It is the only single of the album, not to have an official music video.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Must Get Out" was written by band members Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael, while production and mixing was done by Matt Wallace. The song was written in the key of G major and set in a common time, with a tempo of 96 beats per minute. Levine's vocals on the song range from the low-note of G4 to the high note of B5.[1] The band's guitarist James Valentine explained that the downtempo song emulates Andy Summers and The Police.[2] Lyrically, "Must Get Out" expresses a tough period of a relationship,[3] with a dreamy lyrical story, where the band "offers up clever imagery with 'I've been the needle and thread/Weaving figures eights and circles ‘round your head' and frank confessions to today's problems, 'The city's made us crazy and we must get out'."[4]

Release and reception[edit]

"Must Get Out" was selected as the album's fifth and final single from the album in Europe, being released on April 5, 2005.[5] Its promotional single features the radio edit of the song, while the commercial single features the song and an acoustic version of the band's breakout hit "This Love".[6][7]


"Must Get Out" received positive reviews from most music critics. In his review for the album, MacKenzie Wilson from Allmusic picked the song as a highlight, writing that the song "slows things down" and noted that "Levine is a vocal dead ringer for Men at Work's Colin Hay. Don't wince – it works brilliantly."[8] Wayne Hoffman of Billboard also chose the song as a highlight, calling it "gentler".[9] Robert Christgau also highlighted the track, writing: "Broken heart often spurs killer hooks, fond memories occasionally engender likable songs," citing "Must Get Out" as an example.[10] Jason Thompson of PopMatters noted that Jesse Carmichael manages to conjure The New Radicals on the song, claiming that it is one of the "plenty of things [on the album] that could be hits."[11] Meanwhile, Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone called it a "pretty, down-tempo" song that "sound[s] poised to mount an assault on [John] Mayer's college fan base."[12]


While not as successful as the other singles from the album, "Must Get Out" experienced moderate success in some European countries. In Netherlands, the song proved to be one of the band's most successful singles from the album, only behind "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved", reaching number 8 and becoming the band's third top-ten hit.[13] In Ireland and the United Kingdom, the song became another top-forty hit for the band, reaching numbers 34 and 39, respectively – in the UK in particular, the song was the band's fifth consecutive top 40 single.[14] Likewise, in New Zealand the song was their fifth top-forty single, though their least successful single on the charts, along with "Misery" (2010).[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jesse Carmichael and Adam Levine.

UK promo single[6]
1."Must Get Out" (radio edit)3:53

All tracks written by Jesse Carmichael, Adam Levine.

European commercial single[7]
1."Must Get Out" (album version)3:59
2."This Love" (acoustic version)4:00

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 34
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 39


  1. ^ "Maroon 5 "Must Get Out" Sheet Music". Universal Music Publishing Group. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Maroon 5's James Valentine: 'Adam Levine Is An Amazing Lead Player'". Ultimate Guitar Archive. November 20, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Grant, Lily (April 16, 2015). "#ThrowbackThursday Album Review: Maroon 5's "Songs About Jane"". The University Daily Kansas. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Estrada, Olivia (September 5, 2015). "14 Songs Maroon 5 Better Play at their Concert Next Week". Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  5. ^ "Maroon 5 - Must Get Out -". Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Maroon 5 – Must Get Out (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Maroon 5 – Must Get Out (CD Single) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  8. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie (June 25, 2002). "Songs About Jane - Maroon 5 | Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  9. ^ Hoffman, Wayne (June 29, 2002). "Songs About Jane". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Maroon 5". Robert Christgau. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  11. ^ Thompson, Jason (September 16, 2015). "Maroon 5: Songs About Jane | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  12. ^ Hoard, Christian (March 11, 2003). "Maroon 5 Songs About Jane Album Review | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  13. ^ "Maroon 5 | Top 40-artiesten". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  14. ^ "Maroon 5 | Full Official Chart History". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  15. ^ a b " – Maroon 5 – Must Get Out". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 15, 2005". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Maroon 5" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

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