Don’t get me wrong, there is only one John Clayton Mayer. The seven-time Grammy winner is still going strong 17 years after his first studio album, Room for Squares, debuted in 2001. In the past year, he’s logged tour stops alongside Dead & Company, performances with Dave Chappelle, got styled for a Nike Air Fear of God collaboration and launched an Instagram Live show called Current Mood.
But this article isn’t about John Mayer, the 41-year-old guitar icon. It’s about the artists he’s inspired or artists who are dabbling in the playful twist of pop, rock, country, blues and soul that he's helped bring to life over the past two decades. As a tribute, here are some tracks that will make you think about his impact on the future of music.