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Released: 2021

Features: Megan Thee Stallion

“Beautiful Mistakes (feat. Megan Thee Stallion)” by Maroon 5 with Megan Thee Stallion is a pop ballad that unravels the narrative of a floundered love affair, highlighting the lingering pain, nostalgia, and self-deceit that often accompany heartbreak. It’s a melancholic juxtaposition of the glorious past and the painful present, all wrapped in the bitter pill of beautiful memories or “beautiful mistakes”.

The opening verse, ‘It’s beautiful, it’s bittersweet / You’re like a broken home to me / I take a shot of memories and black out like an empty street’ dives headfirst into this emotional quagmire. The ‘broken home’ metaphor signifies a relationship that once provided comfort but now only delivers pain. Taking a ‘shot’ of memories shows the act of revisiting the past, suggestive of getting intoxicated on the highlights of a broken romance. The ‘black out’ analogy indicates an overwhelming rush of memories that eclipses the present.

When Maroon 5’s Adam Levine croons, ‘Beautiful mistakes I make inside my head / She’s naked in my bed / And now we lie awake, making beautiful mistakes’ he’s voicing the protagonist’s struggle to let go of the past. The ‘naked’ metaphor signifies vulnerability and intimacy, an echo of deeper emotional connections. When he mentions ‘beautiful mistakes’, it represents those moments of weakness when one returns to a destructive relationship out of nostalgia and loneliness.

Megan Thee Stallion’s verse brings in a twist, flipping the narrative to the woman’s perspective. ‘You did me wrong ’cause I let you / Usually, I like my situations beneficial / Doing something different, got me looking stupid’, she’s laying bare the power dynamics at play and her willingness to break free from a toxic relationship. Her fierce call out ‘You’re toxic’ is both an admission of the destructive nature of their connection and a declaration of her resolve to move ahead.

Combining Maroon 5’s pop-rock sentimentalism with Megan Thee Stallion’s unapologetic rap, ‘Beautiful Mistakes’ implies that love’s battlefield is often littered with personal regrets and unpleasant truths. But, more crucially, it reinforces that acknowledging these ‘beautiful mistakes’ is integral to healing and moving forward.