The Maine is such a brilliant band. Releasing their first full-length album back in 2008, they’ve managed to recreate and evolve their sound over and over again, and it never fails to amaze me. Each album they’ve put out sounds completely different than the last but they somehow all work incredibly for them. In light of the band releasing their new cover-song EP, Covers (Side B), yesterday, I thought I’d put together a list of my top ten all time favourite Maine songs. And believe me, this is a tough one.
10. Everything I Ask For – Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (2008)
This is the first song I ever heard from The Maine, and the one that got me into them, so obviously I had to include it. This song puts me in such a good mood. It’s a great sing a long song and there’s just something about screaming out “OH SHE MAKES ME FEEL LIKE SHIT”. Also, never forget John’s haircut from this era.
9. Growing Up – Black & White (2010)
This album came out just before I started my senior year of high school, and I remember the first time I heard this song I instantly fell in love. There’s a line in this song that goes “graduate, what’s a kid to do now? Get away, we got so much to prove”. I related to it for obvious reasons, it came out at such a perfect time in my life. It’s the perfect song about the old-as-time story of well, growing up.
8. Into Your Arms – Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (2008)
This is a classic Maine tune. Every time I hear this one I’m brought right back to my teenage years. I remember being so obsessed with this song and playing it over and over. It definitely holds a special place in my heart and I couldn’t leave it off my list.
7. Like We Did (Windows Down) – Pioneer (2011)
Pioneer was the first independent album released by The Maine, and it was pure gold. It was full of incredible songs, this being one of my favourites. This song has such a feeling of nostalgia to it and it’s just one of those songs that hits home with me.
6. Happy – Forever Halloween (2013)
Another incredible album, Forever Halloween had a bit of a darker feel to it. Happy is definitely my favourite off of this one. Contrary to the name, it’s actually about the total opposite of being happy. “This ain’t a fairytale and I don’t think I’ll ever be happy” is the last line of the chorus, so I’m sure that gives you a pretty good idea of the vibe of this one.
5. Diet Soda Society – American Candy (2015)
American Candy is The Maine’s most recent album and yes, you guessed it, yet another winner. This song is definitely a favourite among all my friends and I. It’s light and fun and 100% relatable. “The brain is a funny place”….
4. My Heroine – Pioneer (2011)
This. Song. This is one of the first times I remember hearing The Maine really experiment, and my god did it ever turn out fantastic. This song literally sounds like something right out of a steamy love scene from a movie, and I love every second of it. Believe me when I say The Maine blessed us with this song.
3. Right Girl – Black & White (2010)
From start to finish, this song is such a jam. It’s a perfectly executed story of a boy screwing things up with the girl of his dreams, and an even more perfectly executed pop rock song. This is one of those songs you just put on to sing along to with all your friends, and it’s definitely a staple song in The Maine’s repertoire.
2. English Girls – American Candy (2015)
This was the first single released off of American Candy, and I cannot even begin to describe how good it is. The first time I heard it, I was hooked. I’m pretty sure I made all my friends incredibly sick of it from the amount of times I played it. It’s so well done, and so unbelievably catchy. Not to mention the lyric video for it is probably one of my favourite videos to ever exist.
1. Inside Of You – Black & White (2010)
If you can’t tell by now, Black & White is my favourite album from The Maine. Every single song on that album is incredible, but Inside of You has always been my absolute number one. I don’t know what it is about this song. I just love the whole vibe and sound of it. Not to mention the way John says “look out baby” in the second verse. I’m not sure another Maine song will ever top this one for me.