"Maps" (CD single)

Music review by
Tina Davey, Common Sense Media
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Tame, up-tempo pop song about loyalty has explicit video.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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. 


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. 


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


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

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byHeidi Worley May 21, 2015
The video is not for children but I think the song is very good.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMax03 July 5, 2018


This song could've been pretty good if it wasn't for Adam's squeaky and high-pitched voice.
Teen, 13 years old Written byLassieLasagna16 November 7, 2017

Love this song

This song has nothing inappropriate in it and is great for all ages!

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?

"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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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