Top 10 Bruno Mars Songs

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"Grenade" (2010)

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Bruno Mars - "Grenade". Courtesy Elektra

"Grenade" is a breakup song that depicts painful heartbreak. The words instantly connect with a wide range of pop music fans. Bruno Mars earned three Grammy Award nominations for the song including Record of the Year and Song of the Year but lost to Adele. "Grenade" was a #1 pop hit single in many countries around the world including both the US and the UK.

Bruno Mars says that he was inspired to write the song after listening to a song that producer Benny Blanco played for him. The song belonged to an unsigned band. Bruno Mars contacted a member of the band and began to work on his own version of "Grenade." The song topped the mainstream pop radio chart and climbed to #3 at adult pop radio.

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"Locked Out of Heaven" (2012)

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Bruno Mars - "Locked Out of Heaven". Courtesy Atlantic

"Locked Out Of Heaven" was the first single released from Bruno Mars' second album Unorthodox Jukebox. It is an uptempo song with acknowledged influence from the Police. Mark Ronson and Jeff Bhasker both participated in the production of "Locked Out Of Heaven." The result was a #1 pop hit in the US and a top 10 smash around the world. It reached the top 10 on both the adult pop and adult contemporary charts as well as making its way into the dance club top 20. "Locked Out Of Heaven" earned three Grammy Award nominations including for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

The accompanying music video for "Locked Out of Heaven" is a retro clip about Bruno Mars having a good time with his band. The primary element that makes the music video feel like it comes from a past era is the grainy feel of the filmed footage. It earned three nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards and won Best Male Video.

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"Uptown Funk!" with Mark Ronson (2014)

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Mark Ronson - "Uptown Funk!" featuring Bruno Mars. Courtesy RCA

Producers Mark Ronson and Jeff Bhasker had both previously worked with Bruno Mars on his #1 smash pop hit "Locked Out of Heaven" and additional songs. The three collaborated once again for this lead single from Mark Ronson's album Uptown Special. Drawing inspiration from the Minneapolis Sound of the 1980s as well as funk bands like Zapp and The Gap Band, "Uptown Funk!" was an instant success. It spent 14 weeks at #1 in the US and was a pop hit around the world. The song earned two Grammy Award nominations including for Record of the Year.

Mark Ronson claimed that he was heavily influenced by the 1980s Minneapolis sound developed by Prince, The Time, and producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Other observers saw elements of a wide range of 80-s funk music. "Uptown Funk" has been the subject of copyright controversies. Three members of the R&B group the Gap Band were added on to the official credits as songwriters after similarities with the group's "Oops! Upside Your Head" were pointed out.

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"That's What I Like" (2017)

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Bruno Mars - "That's What I Like". Courtesy Atlantic

"That's What I Like" was released as the second single from the 24K Magic album, and it surpassed the previous single in chart success. It went all the way to #1, Bruno Mars' seventh trip to the top. The song is more directly in an R&B groove giving a nod to the new jack swing music of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bruno Mars performed "That's What I Like" at the 2017 Grammy Awards ceremony. It also hit #1 at mainstream pop and R&B radio. The song reached #2 at adult pop radio.

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"Just the Way You Are" (2010)

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Bruno Mars - "Just the Way You Are". Courtesy Elektra

This was the debut solo single for Bruno Mars. It is a sweet song of romantic devotion. It climbed to #1 in both the US and the UK making Bruno Mars an instant pop star. "Just the Way You Are" has now sold nearly six million copies in the US alone. The song was featured on the hit TV show Glee.

Bruno Mars says that he was not looking to be deep on "Just the Way You Are." He was looking to tell a story. He acknowledged influence from Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful" and Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight." Critics commented that the song was simple and very effective. "Just the Way You Are" hit #1 across mainstream pop, adult pop, and adult contemporary radio. It also reached #1 on the pop singles chart across the Atlantic in the UK.

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"When I Was Your Man" (2013)

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Bruno Mars - "When I Was Your Man". Courtesy Atlantic

"When I Was Your Man" takes listeners back to ballads of the early 1970s. Bruno Mars has mentioned the influence of both Elton John and Billy Joel in his music. The song features a grand production and was the second single released from Unorthodox Jukebox. "When I Was Your Man" hit #1 in the US and the top 10 in many other countries around the world. Bruno Mars was so moved by the process of writing and recording "When I Was You Man" that he claimed, "I'm never singing another ballad again." He also said he was extremely nervous to reveal it to his fans.

The song was a major chart smash. It topped mainstream pop, adult pop, and adult contemporary radio charts. In remixed form, it also broke into the top 20 at dance music radio. "When I Was Your Man" earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.

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"Nothin' On You" with B.O.B. (2010)

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B.o.B. - "Nothin' On You" featuring Bruno Mars. Courtesy Atlantic

"Nothin' On You" introduced pop music fans to two major new talents. B.O.B. has gone on to be one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful of young rap artists. The featured vocal introduced fans to the sweet honeyed voice of Bruno Mars. "Nothin' On You" topped the pop and rap singles charts in the US. It also went to #1 in the UK. The song was co-written by Bruno Mars' songwriting and production team the Smeezingtons along with B.O.B. Reportedly the song was originally intended for rapper Lupe Fiasco. However, it ultimately ended up being given to B.O.B. "Nothin' On You" earned two Grammy Award nominations including for Record of the Year.

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"Treasure" (2013)

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Bruno Mars - "Treasure". Courtesy Atlantic

"Treasure" is the third single from Bruno Mars' album Unorthodox Jukebox. It features strong influences from late 70s and early 80s soul. It was also cited as being influenced by classic disco music. The song became Bruno Mars' 11th top 10 pop hit peaking at #5 and selling more than three million copies. It also hit the top 10 at adult pop and mainstream pop radio.

The accompanying music video is primarily a performance clip featuring Bruno Mars and his band the Hooligans. In fitting with the 1970s sound of the song, the music video is unavailable in high definition. It can only be watched with standard definition quality.

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"24K Magic" (2016)

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Bruno Mars - "24K Magic". Courtesy Atlantic

Bruno Mars released the song "24K Magic" as the first single from his third studio album of the same name. In the wake of the massive success of "Uptown Funk" with Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars went to work on his next solo album. He relied heavily on elements of classic disco and funk music with a hip-hop edge. The single climbed to #4 on the US pop chart and reached the top 10 across adult pop and mainstream pop radio as well as hitting #2 on the dance chart. It helped lead to a #2 chart debut by the album a little over a month later.

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"It Will Rain" (2011)

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Bruno Mars - "It Will Rain". Courtesy Elektra

Bruno Mars was invited to create a love song for the soundtrack of Breaking Dawn - Part 1, the fourth in the series of Twilight films. The result was "It Will Rain." He has said it represents the, "darker side of love." The song sold over three million copies and became another major Bruno Mars pop hit. It peaked at #3 in the US and #5 in Canada.

Bruno Mars says that he had the song "It Will Rain" halfway finished before he saw an early cut of the film. He was inspired by the characters for the process of putting finishing touches on the song. While critics didn't see "It Will Rain" as making major strides forward for Bruno Mars as an artist, they believed it did fit the mood of the film well.

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