When asked about Moves like Jagger by Billboard, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine responded: “It was one of those songs that was definitely a risk; it’s a bold statement. We’ve never really released a song like that. But it’s exciting to do something different, do something new.” The song stands out due to its name-dropping, with the protagonist comparing himself to the legendary Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger in order to impress a girl. Footage of Jagger himself on and off stage are intersected with the band playing in the song’s video.
If Levine plays the protagonist, then Christina Aguilera is the girl he’s trying to impress. The two were both judges on The Voice at the time of the song’s recording and even performed the song on one of the talent show’s episodes. Moves like Jagger hitting the top chart spot made Christina Aguilera the fourth female singer to score number ones in three different decades (the 1990s, the 2000s and the 2010s) after Janet Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears. It was also Maroon 5’s second number one hit.
About Entertainment singled out the vocal chemistry between Levine and Aguilera as one of the song’s pros. Digital Spy echoed these sentiments, calling the pairing of the two a “funky, finger-clicking salute to Mick Jagger.” According to Pop Crush, Moves like Jagger is both danceable and fun, and holds its own again Maroon’s 5 best work, such as This Love and Makes Me Wonder.
Moves like Jagger spent 4 non-consecutive weeks at number one in Billboard Top 100, both times being dethroned by Adele’s Someone like You.