The impact of Maroon 5's debut album was such that it is widely regarded as a record that defined many peoples' lives in the mid-2000s.
The album's funky white-soul stylings combined with frontman Adam Levine's romantic crooning made it a hit across genres and generations around the world. 15 years ago this week, after a long ascent, the album reached Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart.
To mark the occasion, below are eight chart facts celebrating Maroon 5's global-dominating debut.
- Songs About Jane first charted outside the Top 40, at Number 59. This was in part because Maroon 5 put the album out before releasing its first single Harder To Breathe.
- It took another 13 weeks to reach the Top 10, and a total of 31 weeks to get to Number 1, spending just one week there in the end.
- The album spent 88 weeks in the Top 100. That’s 1 year and 251 days.
- Songs About Jane has racked up 2.1 million chart sales in the UK, made up of 1.97m physical sales, 72,000 downloads and 140 million track streams.
- All five of the album’s singles reached the UK Top 40: Hader To Breathe (13), This Love (3), She Will Be Loved (4), Sunday Morning (27), Must Get Out (39).
- The most successful single from the album in terms of sales and streams is She Will Be Loved with 329,000 downloads, 69 million audio and video streams.
- The most popular album track not released as a single, based on downloads and streams, is Secret. The track appeared in the 2005 rom-com The Wedding Date.
- Songs About Jane ranked as the UK’s fourth best-selling album of 2004 and the 30th best-seller of the decade (2000-2009).