"Maps" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Tame, up-tempo pop song about loyalty has explicit video.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There are themes of forgiveness and loyalty in this song about making mistakes and wanting to make it right. 

Positive role models

The song demonstrates a willingness to forgive and to "be there" for a partner. However, the explicit video shows negative behavior with alcohol and shows the singer driving erratically in traffic in a fast car and cursing at first responders. 

Violence

A mild theme of being in "your darkest hours" could confuse a very young person, but overall the message is not violent. The accompanying explicit video to this song is violent and graphic and shows the singer's girlfriend being hit by a car and severely injured. 

Sex

The explicit music video shows the singer's girlfriend in lingerie and shows infidelity.

Language

The song is profanity-free. The explicit video does show the singer using the "f--k" word and cursing at first responders.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are no references in the song to drugs or drinking. The explicit video shows an adult party with hard drinking and cocaine use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Maps" is a catchy, up-tempo pop song from Maroon 5's fifth studio album, V. This song about loyalty and searching for a love that was lost is kid-safe with no iffy content. There have been two official videos released, one a clean lyric video and the other an explicit version that includes alcohol and drug use, infidelity, one use of "f--k," and violent footage of a girl being hit by a car.

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What's the story?

MAPS by Maroon 5 is a breakup/make-up song that can be summed up in the repeated lyrics, "Where were you when I needed you?" The singer feels let down but is not ready to give up on the relationship; he is "following the map that leads to you." Overall, the song's message is a sweet and uplifting testament to the importance of loyalty and commitment to a relationship.

Is it any good?

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"Maps" is an up-tempo dance number that doesn't break any new ground but is catchy nonetheless. The song's theme has been done countless times before, but young listeners may find this go-round especially infectious, especially at school dances. The explicit video contains drug and alcohol use and violent imagery, including a graphic depiction of a girl being hit by a car. Fans of Maroon 5 and dance-pop in general no doubt will like this slickly produced pop song.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the messages of loyalty in the song. What does it mean to stick together through good times and bad?

  • How important is commitment to a relationship, be it romantic or platonic? What does it feel like to be let down by someone you trust? 

  • Do you think the music video makes sense as a visual representation of the song? 

Music details

Artist:Maroon 5
Release date:June 16, 2014
Type:Single
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old October 6, 2014
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13
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I was there for you in your darkest nights...

Maps is the ideal 2014 breakup song. With all of the regret from the singer, and the semi-anonymous significant other that leaves much to the listener's information, Maps is something innovative. The music video is perfectly fine if you allow your children to watch films like "The Hunger Games" and "Brick Mansions". Two repeated scenes of a car accident involving a pickup truck and Levine's girlfriend, and four uses of the word "fuck." 4/5
Teen, 17 years old Written byrebma97 July 20, 2014
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Really catchy tune

It's a pretty catchy Maroon 5 song. I wouldn't call it my favorite, but it's nice. There's no inappropriate content in it, other than the fact that it's a love song, but there are no sexual references. I haven't seen the music video, though, and I usually consider that separate from the song itself.
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