Everyone has an opinion about someone like John Mayer. He might be your favourite guitarist ever (he certainly has the chops to fit the bill). Or maybe you don’t like what he’s said in interviews or how he’s talked about other people in the media. (We also wouldn’t blame you if you did that.)
But, whether people like it or not, Mayer is one of the most well-known, decorated, and skilled artists working today. He has worked with Cautious Clay, The Roots, and just about everyone else. Even when Chappelle’s Show was at its most popular in the 2000s, he was on it.
When “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” Mayer’s first big hit, came out in the early 2000s, he was an instant pop star. But at the same time, he was a lightning rod for pop music. As much the king of the six-string as he is the king of jokes.
No matter what, we want to wish John Mayer a happy birthday! (Oct.16) People have a lot to say about you.
Here Are Ten of the Songwriter’s Songs That We Really Like.
10. “Waiting on the World to Change,” 2006
*Extreme Spongebob voice* Thirteen years old. Later. “Waiting on the World to Change” became a political anthem in a time when we thought the world was “bad,” but it wasn’t until we got a racist and morally incompetent president that we realised how bad it really was. (We also didn’t know how good things would be with Mr. Obama.)
9. “I’m Gonna Find Another You,” 2006
No! Don’t! This one really gets to your heart and shows how good John is at jazz (new tour name?). There’s no need for more information.
8. “Daughters,” 2003
On your second album, it takes a lot of guts to write lyrics like “Now I’m starting to see/Maybe it has nothing to do with me/Fathers, be good to your daughters/Daughters will love like you do,” but the song is still great. So that’s why this article is here.
7. “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” 2001
For those of you who think the best song lists should start at 10, John Mayer in his prime singing “Your Body Is a Wonderland” comes in at number ten. Before his first studio album, Room for Squares, came out, it was his second single that made every girl fall in love with him.
He wrote the song for his first girlfriend when he was 14 years old, but when fans started to think it was about his then-girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt, she quickly put an end to the rumours by saying, “My body is nothing like a fairy tale. My body looks more like a pawnshop. There are a lot of interesting things put together, and if you look closely, you might get excited, but at first glance, you might not.” Same.
6. “Edge of Desire,” 2009
5. “In the Blood,” 2017
Mayer’s most recent album, The Search for Everything, surprised everyone. We were very surprised when we got “In the Blood.” It is a mature, honest look at what life has become after decades of fame and out-of-control family problems. Mayer hadn’t been in a public relationship with anyone for a long time when the album came out (gotta love those Andy Cohen rumoured to be dating
4. “Free Fallin’,” 2008
Yes, this is a controversial number four, since it’s a cover of a song from Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever album from 1989. Oh, you didn’t realise it was a disguise? Exactly. Also, just look at him.
3. “Heartbreak Warfare,” 2009
Oh, there’s the song I listened to over and over again last summer. “Heartbreak Warfare” sounds like it would be on Mayer’s first or second album, but it’s actually on his fourth album, Battle Studies, which shows that he loves a good theme. The song came out at a time when everyone and their mother was crazy about him, which, of course, got to his head and made him run away to Montana.
2. “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,” 2006
If you haven’t already decided to leave a bad relationship, listening to this song should be enough to convince you. This means that John is really just doing God’s work by putting “Slow Dancing” at number two. What’s not shown: Me realising 13 years later that this song is really sad when you listen to the words, but it doesn’t matter because the sounds of the guitar and the voice of an angel make you forget about that.
John looks exactly the same as he did when he released this song on his Continuum album in 2006. This means that time is not working against him. If you want to fight me for the number eight spot, remember that this is the song with the golden lyrics, “Keep me where the light is,” that everyone on the planet (get it?) plans to get tattooed when the time is right.