EXCLUSIVE: Adam Levine Looks Back on One of His Favorite Maroon 5 Hits: 'It Was Lightning In a Bottle'
By Sophie Schillaci
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Adam Levine is taking us back to where it all began.
Maroon 5 may have broken out on the pop music scene in 2002 with debut single "Harder to Breathe," but it was actually the band's third offering, "She Will Be Loved," off Songs About Jane that holds an extra special place in Levine's heart.
"The day that we wrote it, we thought to ourselves, 'Wow, this song is gonna mean a lot to a lot of people,'" Levine recalls in a new clip from The Voice, exclusive to ET. Watch above!
"We just kinda had that feeling, or I guess it was just one of those special moments where I thought, 'Wow, we're gonna have a career because of this song,'" he continues. "I didn't know that I would be right about it, but I felt that way about it."
The song went on to peak at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
"It's actually a song that I wrote about a girl and a guy that I knew who just had a very tumultuous, troubled relationship. I was looking at it from an outside perspective," Levine explains.
"She was not in a good place and he's a really nice person, and he was very nurturing to her and supportive of her," he continues, revealing that it was one of the fastest songs the band had ever written.
"Just, boom. Sat down, scribbled some words on paper, recorded the song and it was done in an hour," he says. "That's why I was so excited, because it happened really fast. Instantaneously, I just knew it was lightning in a bottle."
Today, with five albums under the band's belt and another on the way, Levine calls "She Will Be Loved" "one of my favorite songs that I wrote."
"I know it was something that catapulted the band to a different place."
"She Will Be Loved" has proven to be a favorite among contestants on The Voice in the U.S. -- where Levine serves as a coach -- and abroad! The track has been covered by franchise contestants in Poland, Ireland, Romania, the United Kingdom, Chile and Germany.
The Voice continues its 12th season in the U.S. -- with Levine joined by Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys in the big red coaches' chairs -- on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.