|"Your Body Is a Wonderland"|
|Single by John Mayer|
|from the album Room for Squares|
|Released||October 14, 2002|
|Format||Digital download, CD single|
|Genre||Pop, soft rock|
|Length||4:09 (album version)|
3:46 (radio edit)
|John Mayer singles chronology|
"Your Body Is a Wonderland" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter John Mayer. It was released in October 2002 as the second single from his debut studio album, Room for Squares (2001). Its commercial success was greater than Mayer's prior single, "No Such Thing."
During his "VH1 Storytellers" performance, Mayer stated that he wrote the song about his first girlfriend at age 14. The song was actually named "Strawberry Wonderland" but was later changed by Mayer.
There has been speculation that Mayer wrote the song about Jennifer Love Hewitt, whom he dated in 2002, but she denied it. Hewitt told Entertainment Weekly, "My body is far from a wonderland. My body is more like a pawnshop. There's a lot of interesting things put together, and if you look closely you'd probably be excited, but at first glance, not so much".
According to the liner notes, a toy piano is used as an instrument in the song.
The line "I'm never speaking up again", sung in the background, is also prominently featured in the chorus to the song "My Stupid Mouth", which appears just before the song on Room For Squares.
All songs are written by John Mayer except where noted otherwise.
Billboard said the song showcases Mayer's "smooth, casual singing style and barroom instrumentation." In 2003, "Your Body Is a Wonderland" won Mayer the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The song ranked at No. 28 on Blender magazine's list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever".
The video starred the actress Holly Lynch. The video was directed by Jim Gable, and edited by Scott C. Wilson.
In 2006, the song was used in an episode of U.S. version of The Office, entitled "A Benihana Christmas". Characters Michael Scott and Andy Bernard sing the song as a karaoke duet. Mayer agreed to let the show use the song, in exchange for a Dundie, which was for "Tallest Music Dude".
In the episode of Family Guy titled "Stew-Roids", Stewie sings a song in which he pronounces the word "body" like "bah-dy", which he then explains "That's how John Mayer would say it"; a reference to the pronunciation of the word in "Your Body Is a Wonderland".
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||48|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||51|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||9|
|US Billboard Hot 100||18|
|US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||17|
|US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)||3|
|US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)||15|
|Denmark (IFPI Denmark)||Gold||4,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone