John Mayer singles poll

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prompted by putting the last 2 on my EOY singles list and issuing the challop that "Half Of My Heart" is better than any song Swift herself has written. imo this guy is a solid singles artist even if some of his biggest hits are totally loathsome and/or hilarious.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
No Such Thing 7
Your Body Is A Wonderland 2
Waiting On The World To Change (live) 2
Clarity 2
Dreaming With A Broken Heart 1
Bigger Than My Body 1
Free Fallin' (live) 0
Heartbreak Warfare 0
Say 0
Who Says 0
Belief 0
Gravity 0
Who Did You Think I Was 0
Daughters 0
Why Georgia 0
Half Of My Heart (featuring Taylor Swift) 0


some dude, Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:21 (ten years ago) link

no such thing

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:24 (ten years ago) link

... as a good john mayer song

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:24 (ten years ago) link

lol good one

some dude, Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:29 (ten years ago) link

top 10:
1. No Such Thing
2. Clarity
3. Daughters
4. Half Of My Heart (featuring Taylor Swift)
5. Why Georgia
6. Say
7. Heartbreak Warfare
8. Bigger Than My Body
9. Who Says
10. Gravity

some dude, Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:33 (ten years ago) link

srsly though... i'd pick "half of my heart," but i can only ever remember hearing that one, "waiting on the world" (snoozy, stars-in-yr-eyes passive anthem for "change"), "yr body" (smarmy) and "heartbreak warfare" (ugh son)

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:34 (ten years ago) link

Waiting On The World To Change (live)

i only know like three of these, i guess i would vote for this one, altho i have no idea what the "live" version is about

*plop*timist (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:56 (ten years ago) link

"no such thing" obv

The Reverend, Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:59 (ten years ago) link

no such thing

ok (Tape Store), Thursday, 16 December 2010 18:58 (ten years ago) link

I've learned to love "Half of My Heart."

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 December 2010 19:33 (ten years ago) link

Waiting On The World To Change (live)

i only know like three of these, i guess i would vote for this one, altho i have no idea what the "live" version is about

― *plop*timist (J0rdan S.), Thursday, December 16, 2010 12:56 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

i fucked that up, the song before it "Who Did You Think I Was" is from a live album and i added the (live) part to the wrong title. that song is ass, though, you should vote for something else.

some dude, Thursday, 16 December 2010 19:34 (ten years ago) link

I'd like to say 'Clarity by a mile', but I like "Bigger Than My Body" a lot too. But after that it's a drop.

da croupier, Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:10 (ten years ago) link

The relative failure of "Clarity" to "Daughters" couldn't have helped him on his path to ultimate douche-itude

da croupier, Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:12 (ten years ago) link

aw, you should vote for "Clarity," you're the only other person i know of who knows how good it is. surprised you don't like anything since then, though, imo "Half of My Heart" and "Say" and "Heartbreak Warfare" are all top notch.

some dude, Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:26 (ten years ago) link

I've never been able to decide if "Waiting on the World to Change" is intended as a critique of passivity or just as an honest expression of powerlessness. I don't like the song very much, but I think it's sort of a good cultural signpost. Of some kind.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:27 (ten years ago) link

Christgau's 2008 presentation at EMP asked the same question.

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:28 (ten years ago) link

Oh, I def voted for "clarity." Just had to admit I loved "bigger" too. Liked about half of continuum, but the singles weren't so hot ("Belief" is probably my fave by default, "Waiting" is like Randy Newman without the irony). The Battle Studies stuff just seemed really bland and trite, feels like his whole smart-guy-who-knows-he's-hot-shit thing has curdled since it went tabloid.

da croupier, Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:29 (ten years ago) link

what was the answer?!?!

xp

goole, Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:29 (ten years ago) link

nothin mayer has said implies its a critique, there's a whole thread about it somewhere.

da croupier, Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:30 (ten years ago) link

wish Randy would actually cover "Waiting" just to point out the absurdity of it

da croupier, Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:30 (ten years ago) link

I don't remember. I think he accused him of wanting it both ways. I know I was thirty and ran out for a water.

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:30 (ten years ago) link

Yeah Randy Newman w/o the irony sounds about right.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:31 (ten years ago) link

is why georgia the one where he goes OOHHHHH BUT YOU KNEW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MILES AND COLTRANE

da croupier, Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:35 (ten years ago) link

woops, no, that's the album track "comfortable"

da croupier, Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:35 (ten years ago) link

"Why Georgia" was big on adult contempo station i'd have to listen to when working breakfast shifts at a shitty sandwich shop circa 2003. just thinking about the song reminds me of making egg sandwiches, but i really do think it's got a pretty great melody.

some dude, Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:39 (ten years ago) link

afaik "waiting on the world to change" is the last of these i've heard

The Reverend, Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:54 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 22 December 2010 00:01 (ten years ago) link

dreaming with a broken heart

Bitch, it cold outside!!! BURR (San Te), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 01:48 (ten years ago) link

Heartbreak Warfare

i heard this song on the radio today & it totally rules -- would like to change my vote

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 22 December 2010 01:52 (ten years ago) link

it's pretty decent, though I've always been kind of lukewarm on that one, mostly because it clearly signified him moving back away from his blues-infused pop on Continuum and headed to something that wasn't even as engaging as what he did before.

in fact the whole album is pretty boring sans a few songs. even the singles didn't seem to be up to their usual standard.

Bitch, it cold outside!!! BURR (San Te), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 01:54 (ten years ago) link

red wine and ambien
you're talking shit again

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 22 December 2010 01:56 (ten years ago) link

I know I was thirty and ran out for a water.

― Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, December 16, 2010 2:30 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark

an unsung typo

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 02:00 (ten years ago) link

J0rdan S., your taste in rock/pop deserves its own forum separate from ILM

486.52 (CaptainLorax), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 03:54 (ten years ago) link

i don't even know what that means -- not to mention that my tastes in rock & pop are not really abnormal by ilm standards (except for maybe extreme blink 182 stannery)

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 22 December 2010 04:43 (ten years ago) link

heard "No Such Thing" in the mall yesterday, that is a good-ass song

some dude, Wednesday, 22 December 2010 13:48 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 23 December 2010 00:01 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

http://cdn.20minutos.es/img2/recortes/2011/10/06/34013-944-550.jpg

markers, Friday, 16 August 2013 17:22 (seven years ago) link

glad "no such thing" won because if not that would've been stupid

markers, Friday, 16 August 2013 17:23 (seven years ago) link

fathers be good to your markers, markers will love like you do

some dude, Friday, 16 August 2013 17:29 (seven years ago) link

i actually like "bigger than my body" a lot

dyl, Friday, 16 August 2013 21:27 (seven years ago) link

this guy can really shred!

( (brimstead), Friday, 16 August 2013 22:00 (seven years ago) link

thought this revive was gonna be the album out next week with Frank Ocean and Katy Perry features and a Taylor Swift diss

some dude, Friday, 16 August 2013 22:38 (seven years ago) link

wow that is a hideous sentence

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 16 August 2013 22:41 (seven years ago) link

he moved to some ranch in montana and listened to the dead 24/7.

( (brimstead), Friday, 16 August 2013 22:41 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18mkzdvkkinc8jpg/original.jpg

markers, Sunday, 8 September 2013 06:49 (seven years ago) link

makes sense, he's kind of the Ben Affleck of music

new album is boring even by his standards

suggest ban & threadban method man & redman (some dude), Sunday, 8 September 2013 16:34 (seven years ago) link

i wish i was paying attention to apple when he was doing shit w/ jobs during keynotes

markers, Sunday, 8 September 2013 16:35 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MRDDJjTwTw

wow, kanye IS the new steve jobs, he knows john mayer too

suggest ban & threadban method man & redman (some dude), Sunday, 8 September 2013 16:45 (seven years ago) link

four years pass...

Craftsman, feh. I wouldn't sit in his chairs -- and he'd use that one as a sex metaphor.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 11 May 2018 01:26 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Oh please.

Sob Rock. July 16. pic.twitter.com/Hhn2sO9KRY

— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) June 1, 2021

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 20:40 (three weeks ago) link

You want to play with yourself in a hotel room and cry, go right ahead.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 20:42 (three weeks ago) link

is there an album cover he's directly aping or is it just a general 80s AOR look?

JoeStork, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 20:43 (three weeks ago) link

Are we sure it's not "SOB rock"?

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 20:43 (three weeks ago) link

gottem

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 20:58 (three weeks ago) link

i think im gonna have to like this album

Spottie, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 21:22 (three weeks ago) link

i hate him
i hate him
i hate him
i hate him
i hate him
i hate him
i hate him
i hate him
i hate him

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 05:51 (three weeks ago) link

where is brad’s hot take that his consensus fourth or fifth best album is actually the best?

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 06:26 (three weeks ago) link

uh i try to have as few opinions on john mayer as possible but i feel like there's no way he's made a record better than continuum and iirc that's the fan favorite

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 06:38 (three weeks ago) link

My sister picked out some Taylor Swift songs for me to listen to and I told her I thought “Dear John” was very good, and she told me it’s about John Mayer, who is not Josh Groban.

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 06:46 (three weeks ago) link

i enjoyed a number of songs from heavier things (not including "daughters")

dyl, Thursday, 3 June 2021 03:47 (two weeks ago) link

i think i've figured out which album cover this reminds me of

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41cN2xnb0oL.jpg

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Friday, 4 June 2021 22:05 (two weeks ago) link

*grits teeth* didn't see the damn amazon logo

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Friday, 4 June 2021 22:05 (two weeks ago) link

DON: I think it was my wife who alerted me to John Mayer's work years ago, back when "No Such Thing" was all over the radio and television. I've kept listening through the years, quietly admiring his career arc proving he's more than just a smart guy with a guitar--a struggle I'm all too familiar with.

GLENN: We truly were the Vasco de Gama and Cabeza de Vaca to his Kit Carson in exploring bodies as Wonderlands.

DON: Well, yeah.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 4 June 2021 23:05 (two weeks ago) link

It's got the tropes down:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66Ne5dVDfLM

too cool for zen talk (Eazy), Monday, 14 June 2021 20:50 (one week ago) link

(Don Was producing! Toto/Thriller guy on keebs!)

too cool for zen talk (Eazy), Monday, 14 June 2021 21:08 (one week ago) link

I…. don’t hate this?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 14 June 2021 21:26 (one week ago) link

it's pretty good. nice to see maren

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 14 June 2021 21:28 (one week ago) link

Xpost lol was gonna say synths sound like "Africa".

Is this his Tunnel of Love?

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Monday, 14 June 2021 21:46 (one week ago) link

It feels like a sibling of Miley’s Plastic Hearts, as far as mining a specific 80s sound that hasn’t been overdone already, and then aiming to write a standard that holds its own against the originals from that time.

too cool for zen talk (Eazy), Monday, 14 June 2021 23:58 (one week ago) link

feel like there may be songs like Genesis's "Throwing It All Away" here, surely he'll pull out the guitar more.

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 15 June 2021 00:04 (one week ago) link

It was several days before I heard the "Africa" thing people were talking about, because my immediate impression was Steve Winwood. Not just the synth sound choices, but the progression, et al. I mean, I assume it's a hodgepodge of many different things, but Winwood stuck out to me most initially (and still does).

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 02:13 (one week ago) link

I heard Winwood too more than Toto. Smart of him to upload an acoustic version, just to show the bones underneath the arrangement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtDhSX_77fg

too cool for zen talk (Eazy), Tuesday, 15 June 2021 04:05 (one week ago) link

hornsby

brimstead, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 05:48 (one week ago) link

kinda

brimstead, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 05:48 (one week ago) link

I think I like everything about this except the outro with the female vocalist. It gets too corny at the end there. Also that add histrionic vocals for extra emotion in the last choris sounds more like a 90’s trick than an 80’s one to me.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 15 June 2021 13:20 (one week ago) link


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