Maroon 5 is dropping another summer single, but this one's legendary. On Saturday night, the Grammy Award-winning band released "Three Little Birds," their cover of Bob Marley's 1977 song. Watch the new music video by playing the video above, then purchase the single on iTunes.
Bob Marley and his band The Wailers originally recorded "Three Little Birds" for their 1977 album Exodus, before it was released as a single three years later. It went on to become one of Marley's most successful songs, as several artists and bands have covered it in the 41 years since. Among those who have recorded versions of the song are Jason Mraz, Billy Ocean and Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco. So what does Maroon 5's version add to the single's already quite lengthy cover history?
The band has developed a tradition of releasing summer singles for music fans to enjoy over their vacations, and their version of "Three Little Birds" embodies that idea perfectly. Aside from the song's existing upbeat tone and positive message, the video is shot with the band in front of a giant faux postcard that looks exactly like what someone would send from a summer vacation - it displays palm trees and the message "Wish you were here."
The video pops off the screen with bright colors, from the blue sky to the orange of the starfish that are scattered across the stage. It couldn't be more fun to watch or to listen to, and while they've put their own delightful spin on the visuals, the band has also respected Marley's work and preserved what made this song so memorable in the first place.
"Three Little Birds" is Maroon 5's second new single in two weeks, following their revised edition of "Girls Like You" which was sitting as the second most popular single on the iTunes Singles Chart on Saturday. You can watch their new "Girls Like You" video here. Between that and this video, Maroon 5 are showing off their versatility, having put together two completely different singles that are both worth a listen this summer.
"Three Little Birds" is now available on iTunes. Music fans who want to see Maroon 5 live this summer can get tickets through AXS by using the links below: