Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Animals" by Maroon 5 Cultural Analysis

I wrote my analysis on the song Animals by Maroon 5. It’s a current pop song that came out some time last
year and was nominated for MAD Video Music Award Song of the Year.

 Although the song is extremely catchy, the lyrics and video are extremely demeaning, and disturbing. In the video, Adam Levine is stalking a woman, and has scenes of him dancing around in a meat locker and rubbing himself with blood as he fantasizes about her. Songs like this unconsciously make people accept the objectification of women in society. It portrays the idea that the woman he is after is a piece of meat to him, something he wants to satisfy his hunger.

There’s also an underlying theme that the woman has no choice but to be with him when he says, “Maybe you think that you can hide, I can smell your scent from miles”. and “Yeah, you can start over, you can run free, You can find other fish in the sea, You can pretend it's meant to be, But you can't stay away from me.” Also in the video, it shows him following her down a street, and watching her from outside her window, and taking pictures of her and hanging them in his house. This, to me, is making a statement that this is acceptable. That women should expect to deal with completely inappropriate behavior from men.


  1. This is a great analysis! I hear this song all the time but have never payed attention to the lyrics. After your breakdown of the lyrics and meaning of the song, I think the song definitely belittles women. It is upsetting that such a demeaning song is so popular today in our culture.

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