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Harder to Breathe” is a song by American band Maroon 5. The song was written by frontman Adam Levine for the band’s debut album, Songs About Jane (2002). The song expresses tension, having been written quickly under trying circumstances. It tells the story about a former relationship Levine was involved in. “Harder to Breathe” was met with positive reception by music critics, who praised the track’s sound. It was released in 2002 as the lead single of Songs About Jane.

The song peaked at number six on Airplay Monitor. It also appeared on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart at number 31 and the Billborad hot 100 at number 18. Internationally, the single charted at #13 in the United Kingdom. “Harder to Breathe” also appeared in the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand charts, respectively. The song also appears in Maroon 5’s 2004 EP 1.22.03.Acoustic in an acoustic version and the live album Live – Friday the 13th (2005).

“Harder to Breathe” was featured in One Tree Hill, ER, Birds of Prey and Mindhunters.


Mickey Madden was born in Austin, Texas. He began playing in junior high school at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles, playing in garages along with friends Jesse Carmichael (guitar/vocals) and Adam Levine (vocals/guitar). The bands Pearl Jam and Nirvana were among their influences. In 1994, with the addition of Ryan Dusick(drums), the band Kara’s Flowers was formed.

After the break-up of Kara’s Flowers, Madden attended classes at UCLA. After Madden attended college, the group reformed with guitarist James Valentine joining the line-up, and Jesse Carmichael mainly playing the keyboards, and pursued a new musical direction, changing their name to Maroon 5. Throughout their career, the band has released 5 studio albums: Songs About Jane (2002), It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), Overexposed (2012) and V (2014).

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