So you're interested in the 10 best John Mayer songs? Do you want to listen to them or deride them? It seems those are your only two options with the press that Mayer gets. John Mayer, love him or hate him for what he is, is a gifted musician. In an interview, he once stated that he didn't care what people said or thought about him, as long as they also thought "But, damn, can that boy play the guitar." But sifting through all of the John Mayer-ishness of his collection can sometimes get a bit tedious, so we've broken it down for you. Presenting the ten best John Mayer Songs to get you started in your listening foray. In no particular order:
- "Stop This Train"— A beautiful song with a steady, picking rhythm that sounds like the chugging of a train, John Mayer sings about growing older and the fears he has with coming to terms that he won't be able to hide behind his young rocker act any longer. A good start to our list of the best John Mayer songs.
- "Gravity"— One of the best songs on "Continuum," John Mayer won a Grammy for this song, although not until 2009 when he performed it in his "Where The Light Is" Concert in Los Angeles. It's a slow, simple song that defined the blues pop feel of Mayer's later work.
- "Who Says"— A new addition to the Mayer catalog and one of his singles from "Battle Studies", "Who Says" is a song questioning why it is no longer appropriate for Mayer to do some of the things he used to do when he was younger. The song was a little infamous for the line, "Who says I can't get stoned?"
- "Slow Dancing In a Burning Room"— Another slow, well-crafted blues pop song by Mayer, who remains a master at combining serious blues skills with the poppy music that got him his fanbase.
- "Waiting On the World to Change"— Another Grammy-winner and the last single released from his "Continuum" album, "Waiting on the World to Change" is an upbeat, extremely catchy call-to-action for Mayer's generation. Definitely check this one out, as it is one of the best songs John Mayer has made.
- "Free Fallin'"— John Mayer's cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' classic "Free Fallin'" is the go to cover of the song. Mayer takes it and makes it his own while doing Petty justice.
- "Daughters"— Yet another Grammy-winner, this was the song that solidified John Mayer as the "sensitive singer-songwriter type," although he would later break that image with the introduction of his auspicious blues talent to the general public.
- "Your Body Is a Wonderland"— Another older Mayer song, his first Grammy nomination and win. It nevertheless brought Mayer into the eye of the public and helped launch his career further into the mainstream.
- "Go!" (Common feat. John Mayer and Kanye West)— Okay, not technically a John Mayer song. To branch out from the pop songs that had made him, toward a more bluesy sound, Mayer began making cameos in other artists' songs. One of them was the hip hop song "Go!" on Common's album "Be." Along with Kanye West's amazing production, Mayer made this song the most commercially successful song on the album.
- "Comfortable"— If you're interested in checking out his early work, try listening to "Inside Wants Out," the first EP that Mayer ever put out. Even back then, Mayer was a gifted guitarist, and "Comfortable" deserves to go on a list of the ten best John Mayer songs.
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