Bruno Mars is one of the most popular artists in the world, and has had many number one hits with songs like When I Was Your Man, Uptown Funk and most recently Leave the Door Open. Although Bruno Mars started as guest singer of rappers in 2009, he soon released his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans in 2011, which has been known for the songs Just the Way You Are and Grenade. Success followed and it led him to become one of the most successful artists worldwide.
5. Locked Out of Heaven
Bruno Mars is not a regular pop singer, since he has made many trips to other genres as well. Locked Out of Heaven is the perfect example of this. The 2012 song is a mix of funk, reggae, and rock, which has just the right tunes to become internationally known as a number one hit. In addition, Mars won Best Song at MTV Music Awards in Europe in 2013 with Locked Out of Heaven, and received three Grammy nominations in 2014. Only ten years later now, the song is still one of the most popular songs of Bruno Mars on music platforms like Spotify.
4. 24k Magic
Although Mars was only nominated for Locked Out of Heaven, he won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year with 24k Magic in 2018. Many fans have wondered what the meaning behind 24k Magic is, but unfortunately for many, it is just a fun song about good times as the lyrics suggest: "Tonight, I just wanna take you up / Throw your laser beams up sky high / Let's set this party off right." 24k Magic is not only the title of the song, but also of the album that won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2018. He proved to the world that he still has it after years of radio silence.
3. Just the Way You Are
Another song from Doo Wops & Hooligans is Just the Way You Are, released in 2010. In the first place, Bruno Mars was not going to sing the song himself; he wrote it for Cee-Lo Green. As we said before, Mars started out solely as a guest singer for R&B rappers of which Cee-Lo Green was one. Bruno Mars was, however, convinced by others to record the song himself, which could not have been a better idea. Just the Way You Are became number one in no time, and Mars was nothing but praised for his sound. Of course, this song belongs in the list of top 5 best Bruno Mars songs!
2. When I Was Your Man
When I Was Your Man might be a bit reframed because of the recent release of Miley Cyrus’ song Flowers, but it has not lost its flair. The most romantic piano ballad is about how Mars hopes that a girlfriend from the past is now treated well by a new man, holding her hand and buying her flowers. According to Bruno Mars himself, it is one of the most difficult songs to perform on stage due to the meaning of the lyrics. Besides the authenticity of the song, note the similarities with Billy Joel’s Piano Man.
1. Uptown Funk – the best Bruno Mars song
That Bruno Mars has a broad horizon that he tries to broaden with every album he creates, is more than clear. Uptown Funk was proof that we should have missed Mars in the years after the release of Unorthodox Jukebox. It is by far the best Bruno Mars song, even though he only features on this song as it is actually Mark Ronson’s. It topped charts all over the world, and the two artists even won another Grammy with it. The stress they experienced from working on the song was – after all – more than worth it.