It looks like John Mayer has been around a long time. Fans have seen him evolve from an acoustic crooner, to a pop rock machine, and finally to his current state as a guitar virtuoso. Mayer’s ability to seamlessly transition his career makes it all the more surprising that they is now closing in on one decade in the glare of publicity.
Mayer’s career started off in quaint coffee shops as they first introduced his songs to the world. Lots of the songs that John was writing at this time, such as “Comfortable”, would appear on his self released debut, “Inside Wishes Out.” Mayer’s final breakthrough, however, would come along with his major label debut “Room for Squares” in 2001.
“Room for Squares” spawned two of Mayer’s largest commercial hits (“No Such Thing,” “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” and “Why Georgia”). After a lukewarm preliminary reception, “Room for Squares” would go on to sell millions of copies in the United States as well as a star was born.
After attaining such great commercial success, Mayer shifted his career. They developed a bluesy, guitar driven sound on his next three albums (“Heavier Things” and “Continuum”). They also began performing with actual life guitar heroes like Eric Clapton and Buddy Man. Mayer is now seen as a feasible carrier of the guitar torch.
Here are the John Mayer songs that everybody ought to check out:
5) Neon. “Neon,” first appeared on “Inside Wishes Out,” but was also included on “Room for Squares.” It showed the first glimpse in to Mayer’s deep talent. It is still a crowd pleaser at John Mayer shows to this date.
4) Vultures. Fans first got to listen to “Vultures,” in 2005 on “Try!” a live album by the John Mayer Trio. It was also included on “Continuum.” With traces of funk and R&B, it is a great indicator of Mayer’s versatility.
3) Say. Written for the film “The Bucket List,” say is an acoustic ballad about getting it all out. It served as a trip down memory lane for Mayer’s fans as it is reminiscent of his seminal work.
2) Gravity. “Gravity” is John Mayer’s first true blues song, after years of bluesy TV performances. Mayer’s third major label studio release, “Continuum,” finally saw some of the blues influences seep in.
1) Belief. “Belief” is perhaps the most mature, articulate, and powerful songwriting by Mayer to date. It wisely cautions against blinding belief. Mayer asks “what puts a hundred thousand children in the sand and what
puts a folded flag inside his mother’s hand?” Belief can.