One of the greatest things about two-time Grammy winner Jason Mraz is that his songs don’t fit neatly into one genre box. He’s a brilliant wordsmith with the incomparable capacity to lyrically bend the English language like no other. His musically eclectic catalog offers up a little Rap, some Scat, some Reggae, Jazz and Pop.
For these reasons, the energy at a Jason Mraz live show can best be described as electric. Many of his stylistically diverse songs are feel-good tunes that promote love and kindness. He tells enchanting stories in a very unique way that sets him apart from his industry peers. Therefore, it's hard to pull 10 superior songs from his overall outstanding musical collection. After lengthy deliberation, here are the final picks that should top any Jason Mraz fan’s playlist.
10. “Distance” Duet with Christina Perri
This haunting ballad about loving the right person at the wrong time is a stunning duet Jason Mraz did with Christina Perri on her debut studio album Lovestrong. Their voices blend brilliantly together and anyone who knows what it’s like to keep romantic feelings a secret, can relate to the story this pair tells. The song peaked at No. 20 on the Adult Pop Songs chart and was originally featured as the theme song for ABC’s drama series “Revenge.”
9. “Love for a Child”
Though this song from We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. was never released as a single, it is one of Jason Mraz’s most emotionally vulnerable songs. The poignant and candid lyrics convey the heartbreak of divorce through the eyes of a child caught in the middle of his parent’s mess. Anyone who has experienced a traumatic or turbulent family split can easily relate.
This utterly original song from Jason Mraz’s debut album Waiting for My Rocket to Come was his first single and breakout song that charted as his first Top 40 hit. The way he bends and winds his words in this lyrical tale about how his friend’s battle with cancer changed his perspective about life is pure genius.
7. “Best Friend”
There hasn't been a fitting anthem to a tried and true BFF since Freddie Mercury’s iconic 1975 hit “You’re My Best Friend” until Jason Mraz’s heartfelt tribute from his fifth studio album “Yes!” If you’re looking for a creative way to thank your best friend for all they have done in your life, look no further than this endearing ballad (and be prepared to dab at your eyes with a Kleenex while listening). No worries, it’s a happy cry. Sniff, sniff.
6. “If It Kills Me”
Here’s another incredibly romantic song about hiding your feelings for the person you love. Jason Mraz nails the feelings of utter helplessness and longing for the obviously clueless object of your affection. The song is another hidden gem on We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things that really should have been released as a single.
5. “Lucky” Feat. Colbie Caillat
What a wonderful, feel-good song about realizing how great it is to be in love with your best friend! This duet with Colbie Caillat also hails from We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. It made several international charts, peaking at No. 9 on the U.S. Adult Pop Songs chart.
4. “A Beautiful Mess”
This melodically-rich and metaphorically unique love song from We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. is about loving someone just as they are, accepting the good and the bad. And, it makes the important point that while every relationship can be messy, finding perfect love despite imperfections and insecurities is absolutely worth the effort and the wait.
3. “I Won’t Give Up”
This endearing love song was co-written by Jason Mraz and Michael Natter and is the lead single from Mraz’s fourth studio album Love is a Four Letter Word. This insightful track is ultimately about fighting for whatever matters most to you, be it a relationship with the person you love, or a lifelong dream. The song debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and immediately shot to the top of the Hot Digital Songs chart by selling over 229,000 downloads in its first week.
2. “You and I Both”
This ruminating and lyrically-inventive ballad from Waiting for my Rocket to Come was Jason Mraz’s third single from an overall triumphant debut album. It offers a tender tribute to a glorious, life-changing love that once-was. Despite the obvious end of the relationship, Mraz sings of an intense connection with reverence instead of bitterness. It makes a great note of thanks to someone’s first deep or profound love while affectionately looking back.
1. “I’m Yours”
It was really hard to pin this top song down, with the No. 1 and No. 2 selections truthfully being a toss-up. But, this song is upbeat and cheery and features more mind-blowing word-bending that is so fun to replicate. It was notably the first single from We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (whose tracks dominate this Top 10 list). The critically-acclaimed song was nominated for the Grammy Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. It eventually became Jason Mraz’s most successful hit with 9.5 million downloads worldwide and a staggering 76 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The chart success broke LeAnn Rimes’ 69 week record with “How Do I Live” until Imagine Dragons beat them both with “Radioactive” charting for 87 weeks.