This song has received a lot of bad press, most of it based more on its supposedly ‘offensive’ content than its actual quality. Granted, it’s not a good song…the lyrics are way too over-the-top to take seriously, and the musical sound is standard late-career Maroon 5 blandness…but most of the arguments about how this song is supposedly trying to make stalking ‘sexy’ make no sense. It seems obvious from the lyrics, delivery and music video that this song was meant to be terrifying rather than sexy. Granted, in practice it’s more silly than frightening, but the furor it provoked was a definite overreaction; frankly, it’s not interesting enough to be offensive.
Verdict: Bad, but in a different way than most of its more prominent detractors think.