Maroon 5 is coming back to Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas to celebrate New Year's Eve for two nights, and they'll have a wide variety of songs to choose from when putting together their New Year's Eve setlist. Not only has the band just released their new album Red Pill Blues, but they have an amazing back catalog of music. So what songs should they play in Las Vegas? Here are the top 10 tunes that we're hoping they perform at Mandalay Bay.
This is Maroon 5's current single, so it should be on their New Year's Eve playlist. But c'mon, they can't get the song stuck in our heads by performing it live on every TV show from "The Voice" to "Ellen" and then not perform it when we get to see them live. You can watch their "Ellen" performance of the single by playing the video above, but it won't hold a candle to getting to hear them do it in person.
Speaking of songs from Red Pill Blues, "Help Me Out" is an easy addition to the list as well. As the other current single from the record, it's a slam dunk. Julia Michaels could easily make an appearance at Mandalay Bay to perform her half of the song, given that she's opening for Maroon 5 on their 2018 tour. But even if she's not in Las Vegas, Adam Levine has proven that he can take duets and turn them into compelling solo performances when need be, so either way, this song would be a win for Maroon 5 fans.
Here's a single that is perfect for New Year's Eve, because it's an immediate party song. Just hearing "Sugar" puts anyone in a good mood and makes them want to celebrate, and that's exactly what Maroon 5 is aiming to do with their two Mandalay Bay concerts. This is a song that would energize the entire room and have the whole audience singing along, and the biggest part of Maroon 5's live shows is the band making the fans feel like part of the concert.
With as many pop hits as they've had over the last several years, it's easy to forget that Maroon 5 started out as an equal mixture of pop songs and rock hits. "Harder To Breathe" was their first rock success, and it remains one of their most intense songs. It would be great to include in the set list and remind audiences that the band can have an edge, not to mention it's impressive to watch Levine power his way through the show's rapid-fire lyrics.
Contrary to the song's title "Misery" is one of Maroon 5's most upbeat and fun songs so much like "Sugar," it wouldn't be a Maroon 5 concert without getting to bounce along to it. Even though it's about a man who really should know better than to get hung up on a woman, and therefore you'd believe that it would be a downer, this is a song that prompts a smile whenever it comes around. This would be a great way to energize the second half of the concert.
There's no way that Maroon 5 comes to Mandalay Bay without playing their most commercially successful single to date. "Moves Like Jagger" spread like wildfire after its release, and Levine has been able to perform it by himself for years without losing any of the song's addictive properties. Plus, who doesn't want to have the moves like Jagger while celebrating New Year's Eve?
The band has been able to craft some wonderful slower, more contemplative songs throughout their career as well, and one of the best is "Daylight." It's a song that pulls back and allows an audience to truly appreciate the subtleties in Levine's vocals, as well as take a second and savor the music. The New Year's Eve shows aren't just about partying; they're also about looking back on the year and all that's happened, and "Daylight" is perfect for that.
This song has dropped out of Maroon 5's live rotation recently and it deserves to be put back in because it's phenomenal to hear live. "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" is a song that it's impossible not to stand up for, and it brings down the house every time. It's a little bit older now, having come from their Hands All Over album in 2010, but it deserves to reclaim some attention because it's still one of their best singles.
There are two songs that music fans expect to hear at a Maroon 5 concert and "This Love" is one of them. It's one of the songs that put the band on the map, and still a big part of not only their history but music history. VH1 named it as one of their greatest songs of the 2000's. Everyone knows it. Many people likely became Maroon 5 fans because of it. So for these New Year's Eve shows to really feel like Maroon 5 shows, "This Love" has to be included.
No song is more closely associated with Maroon 5, or more representative of what they can do, than "She Will Be Loved." It's a catchy pop hit that everyone still remembers from their debut album Songs About Jane (and the numerous places it's been heard since). But it also showcases the finesse and technique of Levine's vocals and the great musicianship of the rest of the band, particularly guitarist James Valentine. It's also a song that has real meaning and emotional impact. It's not just a song, it's a shared experience, and that's what Maroon 5's New Year's Eve shows are going to be. They're shared experiences that music fans will never forget.
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