"Payphone" makes me want to put my fist through a wall.
Ironically you have my Queen Mariah to thank for the popularization of incorporating rap and hip-hop into pop music. But with people like Airy Gorgonzola and Ingrown Azusa, copying the format doesn't always ensure it will be a quality record.
Yes, especially any album after Songs About Jane. And Adam Levine is pretty hot but I find his attractiveness overhyped too.
If Maroon 5 had stopped after Jane or been able to sustain at that level, they'd be bar none one of the the best alt rocks act out there. There are two things that even remotely validate their musical career since that point:
This cover of "Maps", and;
a song that was on an album with tree on the front cover. I can't remember what it's called, but there's 50 credits in it for whomever can find it.