Throwback Thursday ‘Waiting on the World to Change’ by John Mayer (2006)
Happy Election Week!
I thought this song was fitting for the week of a big election. No matter your political affiliation, I think elections are a time for a change. The only constant in life is change.
"Waiting on the World to Change" was the lead single from John Mayer's third studio album, Continuum.
According to Wikipedia, "On February 22, 2007, it peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It stayed on the charts for 41 weeks. The single also reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, remaining on the chart for over a year. It is Mayer's most successful single (both in sales and chart positions). To date, in the US, the single has sold over two million digital downloads, becoming the 103rd song to top the two million mark in paid downloads. It is Mayer's first song to reach that plateau. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA, a distinction for downloads and sales in excess of one million."
"Waiting on the World to Change" also went to #1 on the Billboard Adult Alternative chart and #2 on the Adult Top 40 chart.
The song would go on to win the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards.
The music video features John Mayer walking around New York City while commissioned artists Futura, Tats Cru, and Daze paint messages on billboards.
This was the first time John Mayer commented on anything political. He received mixed reviews for doing so. Some people praised him for speaking up while others said the song was a lazy approach to a problem. You can't win 'em all.