Give a Little More

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"Give a Little More"
Single by Maroon 5
from the album Hands All Over
ReleasedAugust 17, 2010 (2010-08-17)
FormatDigital download
LabelA&M Octone
Producer(s)Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Maroon 5 singles chronology
"Give a Little More"
"Never Gonna Leave This Bed"
Music video
"Give a Little More" on YouTube

"Give a Little More" is a song by American band Maroon 5. It was released on August 17, 2010, as the second single from their third studio album Hands All Over (2010).[3]

Background and composition[edit]

"Give a Little More" was written by the band's frontman Adam Levine with keyboardist Jesse Carmichael and guitarist James Valentine.[4] The lyrics talk about how to ask more of a woman who so clearly has you wrapped around her finger, "You were wrong for turning me on and on and on," Levine sings.[5] "I'm waiting for something, always waiting / Feeling nothing, wondering if it'll ever change." Ultimately, he resigns himself to the fact that, "I have no defense / I know you're gonna get me in the end."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Ron Harris from the Associated Press wrote that the song "almost strays into disco territory with it's [sic] body-moving beat."[6] He commented that the song "would not have been terribly out of place in 1979", while complimenting that the song is "fun and funky, which is the prime directive of Maroon 5."[6] Robbie Daw from Idolator wrote a positive review, stating that "M5 are always best when they’re uptempo, so we’re happy to hear that the song falls in line with the band’s more danceable tracks like "Wake Up Call" and "Misery."[7] Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly wrote that "Levine's romantic roundelay trundles on, through this airy disco-boogie."[1] Mikael Wood from LA Times wrote that "a light-funk groove as neatly executed as the one in “Give a Little More,” for instance, is its own reward".[8] Chris Ryan from MTV News was direct, writing that "the track is classic Maroon; a slithering groove and chicken-scratch guitar laying the foundation for singer Adam Levine's nasal coo and come-hither lyrics."[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Give a Little More" is directed by Paul Hunter.[10] The video was released on September 9, 2010.[11] It is shot using a grainy film style complete with intro countdown and outro of the film running off the reel, and consists of quick cuts between close-ups of Levine singing, along with scenes of the band playing at a party inside an older house, with everyone dancing to the music.[9]

Cover versions and in other media[edit]

On April 11, 2012, American Idol season 11 singer Phillip Phillips covered the song in the Top 7 performances.[12] The song appeared on the episode "Farewell to Arms" in the television series Army Wives.[13]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Give a Little More" – 3:00
  1. "Give a Little More" (Club Mix) – 4:14
  2. "Give a Little More" (Radio Edit) – 3:30
  3. "Give a Little More" (Dub Mix) – 6:21
  4. "Give a Little More" (Club Mix - Acapella) – 2:50
  5. "Give a Little More" (Club Mix - Instrumental) – 4:13


Chart (2010) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[15] 91
South Korea (Gaon Chart)[16] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 86
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[18] 10
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[19] 35
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[20] 36

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Ref.
United States August 17, 2010 Digital download [21]
Australia October 5, 2010 Contemporary hit radio [22]
United States October 12, 2010 Mainstream radio [23]


  1. ^ a b Greenblatt, Leah (September 22, 2010). "Hands All Over (2010) | Music Reviews and News |". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "Album: Maroon 5, Hands All Over (A&M)". The Independent. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  3. ^ "iTunes United States". 2010-06-22. Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  4. ^ "Give a Little More by Maroon 5 Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Toor, Amar (September 14, 2010). "Maroon 5, 'Give a Little More' -- New Song". AOL Radio Blog. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Harris, Ron (September 20, 2010). "Review: Maroon 5 stays funky on 'Hands All Over'". Associated Press. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  7. ^ Daw, Robbie (August 17, 2010). "Hear Maroon 5 "Give A Little More" On Their New Single". Idolator. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  8. ^ Wood, Mikael (September 20, 2010). "Album review: Maroon 5's 'Hands All Over'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Ryan, Chris (October 9, 2010). "Video You Need To Know: Maroon 5, 'Give A Little More'". MTV News. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  10. ^ "Music Video News: BOOKED: Maroon 5 - Paul Hunter, dir". Video Static. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  11. ^ "Maroon 5 – Give a Little More | Dfined Magazine". 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2010-10-22.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Cooper, Bethany Joy (April 11, 2012). "American Idol Judges Think Phillip Phillips Could 'Give a Little More'". PopCrush. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "Army Wives – Farewell to Arms". Tunefind. June 12, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  14. ^ "Maroon 5 - Give a Little More (Roger Sanchez Mixes)". Discogs. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "GAON Music Charts". Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  17. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  21. ^ Cite error: The named reference officialsingle was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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  23. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases | Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release". Retrieved 2010-10-22.

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