It"s hard to define the moment John Mayer became an icon. (Yes, the word is thrown around a lot, but I mean a true icon.) Perhaps it"s when he publicly declared that Taylor Swift"s 2010 "Dear John" "humiliated him" with its "cheap songwriting," or when he moved to a ranch in Bozeman, Montana, to repent for his sins. No, it"s definitely when he decided to use a Bar Mitzvah video production company to create the visuals that accompany his 2018 single, "New Light." John has been on a two-decade mission to escape the egotistical, bad-boy stereotype he defined for himself (see: his Instagram stories for reference). But whether you love or hate him, there"s no denying that his music has been and always will be pure magic.

Here, the 20 best John Mayer songs of all time.

20) "Wildfire," 2013


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Why am I crying in the club? Mayer was featured on Frank Ocean"s debut studio album, Channel Orange, so he decided to return the favor and had Frank display his vocals solo (until the end when we get a little bit of harmony) on "Wildfire." The song, which would have been most popular on the Tumblr platform, finds itself a home on Mayer"s sixth album, Paradise Valley. Really, it"s John and Frank"s world—we"re all just livin" in it.

19) "Carry Me Away," 2019


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In the middle of his magical summer tour (I went...seriously, it was unbelievable), Mayer released "Carry Me Away," a nostalgic single dedicated to those of us questioning the quiet disappearance of our rebel days. "I"m such a bore / I"m such a bummer / There must be more behind the summer."

John explained the brainwork behind his summer creation on Instagram: "I didn’t see it coming that this tour would have so much life and energy in it, so when it was time for a two week break, I found myself wanting to create. My desires for vacation were simple: to live in shorts and a t-shirt and play with my dog in the sun and live a simple happy normal life, all while writing this song I had swirling around in my head. I present to you "Carry Me Away," which was made with the same love you’ve sent my way on this run. I hope you enjoy this late summer postcard. You know where to find it..."


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