Without a doubt, Filipino-American multi talented singer-songwriter Bruno Mars has caught the hearts of the people with his incredible music and artistry. He is not just known for his amazing voice but he’s also loved by everyone for his wonderful talent, captivating songs, story-telling lyrics, and versatility in singing various genres.
Since the very beginning of his musical career, he faced the cruel world of the industry chinned up despite the challenges and stereotypes he experienced along the way. Mars co-founded the production team The Smeezingtons, and is a part of the band called The Hooligans. After a childhood video resurfaced online, he became known as the youngest impersonator of Elvis Presley at 4 years old.
Now, Bruno Mars has established himself to be one of the best-selling musicians in the world where he’s referred to as the artist who will revive the genres which have already escaped the limelight. Yes, most of his songs since the start of his career have been songs kids from the 2000s grew up with and it’s still something people could hear in various occasions. But here are 10 of Bruno Mars’ hit songs which topped it all:
Just The Way You Are
With its assuring and loving lines, it is definitely a part of today’s music scene. Just The Way You Are is the debut solo single of Mars and the lead single of his 2010 album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. After its release, the carrier single peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40 charts and charted in the top five in other countries. It was certified 9 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and 6 times by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
In 2011, it was the best selling digital worldwide. It has since received 18 awards and nominations from various awarding ceremonies, both local and international. With over 13.7 million copies sold, it became one of the best selling digital singles of all time. This song has majorly inspired singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor’s 2014 debut single All About That Bass.
Also from his 2010 album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Mars has been praised for his amazing vocals in his song Grenade. Contrary to the his debut solo single, the song contains emotional lyrics which screams the feelings of an unrequited love. The single reached number one in fifteen different countries, giving Mars his third number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and topping the Canadian Hot 100 for three non-consecutive weeks. It was certified 6 times Platinum by Music Canada (MC) and 7 times platinum by RIAA once again.
With sales of 10.2 million copies, the song became the second best-selling digital single of 2011 worldwide. It received the Most Performed Song Award from 2012 ASCAP Pop Music Awards and has been nominated 11 times by different global awarding ceremonies.
The Lazy Song
This next hit, again from his debut album, became the youth’s anthem of laziness. It’s a breather from his first two pop-R&B hits as it is described to have “borrowed heavily from reggae”.
The Lazy Song topped music charts in Denmark and in UK and it ranked in most international markets within top five, including the US Billboard Hot 100 (number 4). It has been certified three and four times platinum by RIAA and by MC, respectively. The single became one of the best selling digital singles of 2011. It has since received 2 awards and 7 nominations from various awarding ceremonies globally.
It Will Rain
It Will Rain brings back the melancholic side of Bruno Mars as this song screams agony and torment of heartbreak and its various stages. This song was written by the singer inspired by the film, Twilight. It was then chosen as the lead single for the soundtrack of the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.
The song received mixed emotions after its release. It became commercially successful reaching the top in various record charts, as well as in many markets. Like his other singles, it was certified Platinum by RIAA and by MC for 3 times. Moreover, the song won the Most Performed Song award in the 2013 ASCAP Pop Music Awards and the Best Male Video award in the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Japan. Meanwhile, the song has been nominated twice for the Best Video from a Film and the Choice Music: Single by a Male Artist awards in the 2012 Teen Choice Awards and 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Japan, respectively.
Locked Out Of Heaven
A mixture of reggae, new wave, and funk; Bruno Mars’ Locked Out Of Heaven song was able to join Just The Way You Are in the list of the best-selling singles worldwide. Coming from his 2012 album Unorthodox Jukebox, the singer received praises for his versatility in musical genres — his splendid vocals was called “smooth” and “sweet” with the song being called “interesting” and a “musical evolution.”
The song, which screams pleasure, positivity, and euphoria, charted inside the top ten in over twenty countries including Billboard Hot 100 which made it Mars’ fourth number one single on the list. This makes him attain the top spot faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley. Moreover, it was certified by RIAA as six-tuple Platinum due to its success. Overall, Locked Out Of Heaven won 4 awards and has been nominated for 14 times in various worldwide awarding rites.
When I Was Your Man
Also from his album Unorthodox Jukebox, When I Was Your Man tells a story of a man in the midst of heartbreak and regrets after he let his lover get away. The song showcased Mars’ emotional pop and ballad side. The song topped Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and has been included in the top ten charts in various countries. It was certified quadruple-Platinum in Australia and in the US, and 6 times Platinum in Canada.
The song conquered the music scene with 3 awards and 3 nominations including a Premios Juventud and a Annual Grammy Awards nomination. It became the eighth best selling digital single of 2013 worldwide, with sales of 8.3 million copies and it joined the hits Just The Way You Are and Locked Out Of Heaven in the group of best-selling singles worldwide.
This song is definitely something people could dance and jam along in a get-together party — this is what Treasure entails. According to Philip Lawrence, the song portrays Bruno Mars’ band time of party and fun. It possesses disco, funk, soul and post-disco with R&B elements, bringing back the retro 80’s feels. The song caught everyone’s attention for its “funky” vibe, something that’s been long gone in the limelight. It then became the singer’s seventh top 10 hit in the United States, reached the top-five rank in several countries, and has been in the top 20 list in eight countries.
With two million copies sold, the single received a three-time Platinum certification by the RIAA in 2013. Thesong won the Best Choreography award in the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards and the Most Performed Song award in the 2014 ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Meanwhile, it received a total of 6 nominations in various awarding ceremonies worldwide.
Uptown Funk is a song which became a worldwide phenomenon with its major impact on pop culture and one of the biggest hits of 2010 according to Billboard. This song is a track produced by Mark Ronson while Bruno Mars sang the lyrics of the song. It topped the charts in several countries while it spent 14 consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, seven non-consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart.
The collaborated song became the second best-selling single of 2015 and joined the list of the best-selling of all-time due to its mainstream success. It garnered a total of 10 awards, which includes 2 from the Grammy Awards, and 24 nominations from different music awards worldwide. With 2.4 billion views on YouTube, its music video became the fourth most viewed YouTube video of all time.
The 24K Magic song marks the comeback of Bruno Mars in the music scene. Having more disco feels and funkier vibe, this was released as the lead song of his third album with the same name. Mars revealed the song by posting a photo of himself wearing a white hat with “XXIV k” on his Instagram with a caption, “You can call it my first single, but I call it the invitation to the party.” The song hinted fans all over the world of the rise of reborned disco party anthems.
After its release in late 2016, its music video now has 708,010,901 views on YouTube. Even though the song’s genre is way different than today’s trend, it’s still widely appreciated and it’s choreography’s been danced repeatedly. The song won the Best Song That Makes You Smile award in the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards.
That’s What I Like
Following the release of 24K Magic, Mars made music lovers around the world excited with his second single That’s What I Like . The song surpassed the first single as the highest charting single on Billboard Hot 100. With over one million copies sold domestically, Mars competes with other male soloists for the most number-one songs on the said chart as it continues to stay on the top spot.
Like the first single, the song is much appreciated by fans with its choreograph being danced again and again. Some people even call his new album and its songs as the revival of the songs from the 70’s and 80’s.