Bruno Mars first gained major attention as a featured artist performing with B.o.B. However, it wasn't long before he topped the pop singles chart as a lead artist and soon became one of the top male stars in pop music. These are his 10 best songs.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"Billionaire" kicked off the solo career of Gym Class Heroes lead vocalist Travie McCoy. The song was co-written and produced by Bruno Mars' team the Smeezingtons and also included his sweet vocals as the hook. "Billionaire" became a top 5 pop hit in both the US and the UK.
"The Lazy Song" shows influences from Bruno Mars' Hawaiian background as well as reggae. It was co-written with Canadian artist K'Naan. It is a classic laidback tune perfect for a summer music mix. "The Lazy Song" reached #4 on the pop chart in the US while going all the way to #1 in the UK.