Top 10 John Mayer Songs

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John Mayer is by far my favorite musician and what better way to exercise that fact by creating a top 10 list.

I first discovered John Mayer in college when Daughters was at the height of its popularity. I had thought John was just a fleeting pop artist, but when a coworker 15 years my senior mentioned how good he is, and I must check him out. I started with the only two albums he had out at the time, Room for Squares and Heavier Things. Both of those pop albums were not the Mayer we know today. Outside of his hit singles, I was instantly drawn to Why Georgia and Neon where he flexed his guitar skills. Having an early appreciation for John Mayer’s deep cuts positioned me, as a fan, for the release of his masterpiece Continuum.

I’ve listened to the Continuum album probably more than any other music album in existence. Every song is great and conjures indivdual feelings, much like Usher’s Confessions. Since his third album, I’ve been a fan. More than 15 years later, he’s still putting out classic music and living up to what I would call the greatest guitar player of my generation.

I’ve had the pleasure and opportunity to see John Mayer live in concert twice in the past five years. Listening to his studio recordings are great, but being in an arena with him live brings it to a whole new level.

This list was hard to create because there are so many great John Mayer songs. Some may say limiting it to a top 10 is not constructive with his large library, but this is about fun. Over the years my favorites have changed and I’m sure as he continues to release new music, it will evolve.

  1. Something Like Olivia
    Released as the third single from Born and Raised six months after the album, and was already a favorite of mine. A more upbeat and poppy-sounding song on an otherwise country-ish album, Something Like Olivia has everything that makes a great John Mayer song. His most recent live rendition during his solo set for Rise for the River solidified this as the top song.
  2. Wild Blue
    The newest song on this list released in 2022 of his polarizing album Sob Rock, Wild Blue is a jazz-inspired classic. Hard to describe, but it mixes bluegrass, jazz and 80s rock. John recently described this song as his favorite on the record and every time he hears it, he can’t believe he made it. I agree. Wild Blue features not one, but two guitar fantastic guitar solos.
  3. Gravity
    Probably the most popular song in the world from John, and for good reason. Gravity appears on the masterpiece album Continuum. Not much more to say about this song. If you haven’t heard it, give it a listen. If you’re not a John Mayer, this may be the only song on this list you’ve heard before.
  4. Vultures
    Another song from Continuum, Vultures is sung in almost all falsetto. It has a different vocal sound over intricate guitar riffs. It’s crazy to think that both Vultures and Gravity appear on the same album from the same artist.
  5. Roll It on Home
    Another song from The Search for Everything, Roll It on Home sounds like a country song, but in a way only John Mayer could do. With catchy lyrics and steel guitar accents, it’s a great song to listen to in the car.
  6. I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
    If I had enough spots, every song from Continuum would probably be on my top list. I Don’t Trust Myself is yet another classic song with deep lyrics that make you think and feel. It’s heartbreak and forgiveness all rolled up in to a ballad.
  7. Queen of California
    The first single on Born and Raised, Queen of California was another pop entry for Mayer. He released this album right before having vocal surgery and rest so was unable to tour on this record. This song has one of my favorite guitar playing throughout. Hearing this is what Bob Dylan fans probably experienced in his prime.
  8. Love on the Weekend
    John’s first song after a long break dealing with personal and voice issue, Love on the Weekend was packaged on his experimental album release The Search for Everything. When this song was released I was so excited for new John Mayer music. I happen to be on a roadtrip during the release and I recall putting it on repeat for hours.
  9. Badge and Gun
    A short acoustic gem appearing on Paradise Valley, Mayer’s least successful album. You can feel the spirit of his new Montana home on this. Badge and Gun has a country western feel to it with subtle story telling and catchy refrains. If it hasn’t already I can imaging this song on a modern western movie soundtrack.
  10. Perfectly Lonely
    John followed up Continuum with Battle Studies which gets less praise than it deserves. Perfectly Lonely was released as the fourth single on this record and is one of those catchy songs you will sometimes randomly hear while pushing your cart through the bread aisle in a supermarket.

Honorable Mention:

  • Crossroads
    I decided to not include covers in my top 10 list as John Mayer is a singer/songwriter and while Crossroads is a great song, he didn’t write it. Crossroads is a Cream (Eric Clapton) song released in 1969 of the Wheels of Fire album. Not a traditionally popular song by Clapton and not taking anything away from him, but John’s cover on Battle Studies is better.
  • Bold as Love
    Part of the masterpiece of Continuum, Bold as Love has always been one of my favorite John Mayer songs. Only within the past five years did I find out that it’s a cover. Written by Jimi Hendrix and released in 1967 on the album Axis: Bold as Love. John puts his own spin and guitar sound on this track so much so that most people (me previously included) don’t realize it’s a Hendrix song.
  • Rosie
    A deep cut from The Search for Everything, Rosie is a fun song about a troubled relationship. Like other John Mayer songs, Rosie contains a guitar solo that I’ve memorized just as much as the lyrics.

There you have it. The John Mayer top 10 (+3) according to me. If you’ve never given John Mayer the time of day, I get it. His past is checkered with personal opinions and “bad boy” persona. He’s grown as a person and an artist in the last 20 years. Take a moment to check in on what he’s been doing, and you may be surprised.
John recently became part of the new Grateful Dead ensemble Dead and Company. That side-gig has led me to discover Dead songs that I never heard that I now enjoy. Thanks John!

Top 10 Reasons I’m Going to Miss My Jeep Wrangler

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Recently I went through a process of selling my Jeep Wrangler to an online service.
Read about how that went here.

Before I sold the Wrangler, I made a video of the Top 10 Reasons I’m Selling My Jeep Wrangler.
I figured I would express that even though I made that video and sold it, I’m still going to miss my Wrangler.

These are the top 10 reasons why I’m going to miss my Jeep Wrangler.

10. Maintenance
Doing your own maintenance on your vehicle is something enjoyed by many and the Jeep Wrangler makes it easy and enjoyable. Over the four years I’ve owned my Jeep, I performed a wide variety of tasks in my garage without issue. The oil plug and filter location makes oil changes a breeze. The last time I did an oil change, it took me about 15 minutes and 10 of those minutes were letting the oil completely drain. The overall ground clearance of the Jeep made rotating and swapping wheels easy as well. I even replaced the front brakes last year and was surprised at how easy Jeep made it. It’s like they knew most people get in there and tinker with stuff so they make it self-service friendly.

9. Fun-factor
Having a Jeep Wrangler is fun. It’s much more capable than your standard SUV and comes with a lot of cool tricks like the removable top and doors. It rides and drives like a truck so you get that feel for it too. Overall the Wrangler is fun to drive around, even with its compromises.

8. Off-road
Coming from a series of boy-racer type cars, having an off-road capable vehicle is a dramatic shift. Not having to worry about curbs, parking barriers, and potholes is nice. I never officially took my Jeep to an off-road trail or mud pit, but I did take my mall crawler off the road. Wether it was in my yard, the random dirt road, or the occasional grass parking lot, I can say my Jeep went off the road.

7. The Jeep club
There’s a large (unofficial) club of Jeep Wrangler drivers and owners. The day you start driving a Wrangler your in this club. Just about every other Jeep driver waves at you and gives you the feeling like you are in a community. I’ve had countless people come up to me and start a conversation based solely on the fact that I was driving a Jeep Wrangler. It’s weird, but at the same time I think I’ll miss it.

6. Ruggedness
Everything about the Wrangler is rugged. It looks rugged, the interior has rugged textures, and most of the time has all terrain tires on it. You can leave your top down/off in the rain and not have to worry about anything getting damaged. I recall a time I was at work and my soft top was down and my doors were off. It poured for probably an hour. Afterwards I went out to asses the damage. I pulled the plug in both floorboards and the almost three inches of water drained out. The sun then dried up everything else and by the time I left for the day it was dry. No damage done.

5. Convertible
Speaking of having the top down, you may not realize this, but the Wrangler is a convertible. Optioned with either a soft top or hard top (I had both), the Jeep’s top can be removed or retracted for an open-air experience that’s like no other. Taking off all four doors and having the top down is one of my favorite summer activities in the Jeep.

4. Aftermarket accessories
As one of the most popular vehicles in the United States, there are a lot of aftermarket accessories for the Jeep Wrangler. You can change almost anything the Jeep with the available third-party market. I added pre-runner lights to the grille, swapped the grille inserts for matte black finish, added a smaller antenna, wired in a 30″ light bar on the hood, upgraded the spare tire carrier to support bigger/heavier tires, added brighter reverse lights to the back bumper, and wired a LED brake light ring inside the spare tire.

3. The look
I really like the look of the current Jeep Wrangler. Prior to model year 2018, the Wrangler looked ugly and outdated to me. When they redesigned it, I was immediately interested in being a Wrangler owner.

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2. Stick shift
The manual transmission, standard, and stick shift all mean the same thing. Shifting your own gears is a dying art as most cars today come with an automatic or dual-clutch transmission and only two pedals. In 2013, I decided to buy a Ford Focus ST that only came in manual transmission. I thought myself how to drive it and then never looked back. Since then, I’ve had two more vehicles both with stick shifts. The number of new vehicles being produced with standard transmissions is at an all-time low and with the electric revolution coming, it may go away for good.

1. The color
I’ve always wanted a green car. It’s my favorite color and you rarely see cars any color except white, black, gray, or red. My previous two vehicles have been yellow/orange and blue and I finally got my green car. Mojito! the name that Jeep gave this version of green is an exciting color and gets noticed everywhere I went. It was a limited run color so there aren’t a lot of Jeeps around with that same color. Someday I hope to see more green vehicles for sale and I’ll do what I can to get another one.

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My Eminem Top 10 List

I like Eminem’s music, but I’m not a super-fan. When he first burst onto the hip-hop scene, I enjoyed his funny stuff, but mostly liked it because it was the popular thing to do. As him and I grew older, I listened to him less and less.

I decided to make a personal top 10 list since he has put out a lot of different songs over a vast period of time.

  1. When I’m Gone – Curtain Call
  2. Rap God – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
  3. Love the Way You Lie – Recovery
  4. Forgot About Dre – (Dr. Dre) 2001
  5. My Band – (D12) D12 World
  6. Not Afraid – Recovery
  7. Guilty Conscience – The Slim Shady LP
  8. The Way I Am – The Marshal Mathers LP
  9. Fast Lane – (Bad Meets Evil) Hell: The Sequel
  10. Greatest – Kamikaze
  • Honorable Mention – Square Dance – The Eminem Show
  • Fan Favorite – StanThe Marshall Mathers LP
  • Best of the Worst – Shake That – Curtain Call

I made an Apple Music playlist of these songs, if you’re interested.