Bruno Mars is a singer, songwriter, and producer. His real name is Peter Gene Hernandez and he was born in Honolulu Hawaii. His style of music is eclectic. He doesn’t fit in just one category. His musical style ranges from r&b, pop, soul, funk, reggae, rock, and hip hop. He didn’t want to just settle on one type of music style because he has many musical influences that he wanted to incorporate in his music. He has released multiple albums in his career. He has also written and produced for other artists.
His dream finally came true when he was signed to Motown Records. Mars signed a contract with the record company in 2004, but the deal didn’t go through. It turned out to be a good thing for him because he met Philip Lawrence who was signed at Motown at the time. Unfortunately the label dropped the singer less than a year after he signed with the company. This defeat could have stopped him, but he wouldn’t let that happen. He ended up forming a writing team with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine. They wrote and produced songs for other artists. The production team worked with Adele, Brandy, Kanye West and Jay-Z, Flo’Rida, Travis McCoy, Sean Kingston, Adam Levine, Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, B.o.B., Snoop Dog, Charlie Wilson, as well as many others. One of his biggest hits as a songwriter was his song by CeeLo Green. He co-wrote the song F**k You. It’s one of CeeLo Green’s biggest hit songs.
He released three platinum selling albums. He released Doo-Wop & Hooligans in 2010. The album was a hit for him for him. The album peaked at number three on the charts and eventually became a diamond-selling album. It has six hit singles off of it. Unorthodox Jukebox was his second release. The album was released in 2012. This is his fastest selling album. There are five singles released from this album. His third album is titled 24K Magic in 2016. This album is his first number one album in the US. He wrote songs that were mostly about money and sex. This album also produced five hit singles.
Here is a top 10 list of Bruno Mars’ songs. This list won’t just include the hit singles. It will include unreleased tracks that are just as good if not better than the singles that were released off of the cds. Bruno Mars is one of the most exciting performers to come onto the scene in the past twenty years. His music has been clearly inspired by some of the true greats like the Average White Band, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and so many other wonderful 1970s artists.
# 10 – Finesse
This song is off the 24K Magic album. It’s the fifth single off of the album. This song has a 90s New Jack Swing sound to it. The beat is similar to something that producer Teddy Riley would have written. The song is about a woman he enjoys watching. He loves her finesse. The song has a fantastic drumbeat that will have you moving around. It’s impossible to sit still while listening to this song. Mars doesn’t do any vocal tricks in the song, but his tone fits with the music perfectly. He does attempt to hold a note after the bridge.
There is another version of this song released. There’s a version that features rapper Cardi B. Initially, it didn’t seem like a match made in heaven but somehow the two artists make the song work. It doesn’t sound like it was overdubbed. It sounds like they recorded the song over to include the rap. Both versions of this song are very good so it’s not a surprise that it became a hit.
# 9 – Just The Way You Are
This is the first single released off of Doo-Wop & Hooligans. This is a pop/adult contemporary song. There were mixed reviews for this song. Some people enjoyed the lyrics, while other people thought they were corny. This song is about loving a woman despite her flaws. The lyrics are beautiful and romantic. You can tell that he really loves the woman he’s singing about in the track. The song had crossover appeal because it fit for pop music as well as adult contemporary music. He sounds like he was singing for a while in this track. It’s hard to believe it’s his official first single. He sings part of the song in falsetto and it works with the music. It could have been a disaster if his voice wasn’t capable of handling the beat. He proved he could sing the song with the soul that was needed to sell it.
# 8 – Natalie
This song is from Unorthodox Jukebox. This isn’t one of the singles released off the album. It has a very catchy pop/rock beat to it. The music sounds like nothing you have heard before. It’s a great combo of rock, pop, and dance. The song is a little overproduced because he’s louder than the music in the verses, but he makes up for it completely in the chorus. The music gets louder in the hook and he belts in it. This song is basically about a gold digging woman he wants to make suffer for leaving him. He sounds so passionate that it’s possible that he went through this type of heartache. He uses explicit lyrics to describe Natalie in the song. He sounds so angry and it makes the song pop.
# 7 – Moonshine
This song is from Unorthodox Jukebox. It wasn’t a big hit in the US, but it was a minor hit internationally. This song should have done better in the US as well as internationally. This song wasn’t well received by critics. The meaning of the song seemed to confuse critics. They thought it was about liquor when it’s actually about a relationship. The song has a mid-temp pop and r&b sound to it. This song is inspired by quiet storm music as well as slow disco music. The keyboard and guitar compliment this song. The drumbeat gives this song a retro feel. His vocals are amazing throughout the song. He chose to sing the verses in a slightly lower octave. He belts towards the hook. It’s very evident who he sounds like throughout the song. His inspiration is shining through his vocals. It’s hard not to like this beautiful song. Don’t let the title mislead you into thinking it’s just a cheesy song about liquor. If you pay attention to the lyrics, you will see that it’s a good love song.
# 6 – Grenade
“Grenade,” is the second single from the Doo-Wop & Hooligans album. This single performed better on the charts than “Just The Way You Are.” This song is a pop and r&b ballad. It had crossover appeal because it perfectly blended the two genres of music. This song is reminiscent of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U.” He talks about his heart being broken by the woman he loves. He would do anything for her, but she didn’t feel the same way about him. He pours his heart out in the song while he sings about what she did to him. The lyrics are unusual and different for a love song. There aren’t too many love songs that contain lyrics of someone being willing to die for the love of their life. Bruno Mars manages to make the song believable. This single went diamond and it’s easy to see why it did because it’s a very good song.
# 5 – Our First Time
“Our First Time,” is from the Doo-Wop & Hooligans album. This wasn’t a single off of the album, but the song is enjoyable. It’s an r&b and reggae track. The blend of these two styles work for this track. The song is about the first time a couple makes love. It sounds like the perfect background music for couples making love. Mars sings the song in a high octave and it works for the smooth beat. It sounds perfect for quiet storm radio. The rhythmic beat is perfect in and out of the bedroom. He took a little chance by holding a note in a higher key. He didn’t over sing the song. Most people try to do too much in their tracks, but he sang at the right pitch and volume for it.
# 4 – Talking To The Moon
The Bruno Mars song “Talking To The Moon,” is from the Doo-Wop & Hooligans album. This is the fourth single from the album. The song is a combination of pop and r&b and it’s a power ballad. Unfortunately, the song had mixed reviews despite how good it is. Some loved the song while others thought the production wasn’t well done. The music has an amazing drum percussion and piano beat. They drive the song. The single did well internationally. The song went to number one overseas.
It’s easy to be confused by the title of the song. It’s a very misleading title. You would have to listen to the lyrics to understand the meaning behind the track. It’s about a relationship gone bad and how he’s dealing with the loss of his love. He sings the song with a lot of emotion. He belts out the lyrics throughout the song. His falsetto is a compliment to the music especially when he does his runs in the hook. It had mixed reviews, but it’s a very good song and worth a listen.
# 3 – Treasure
Continuing with our top 10 Bruno Mars songs list we turn to the great track “Treasure,” from the Unorthodox Jukebox album. The song Treasure was the third single released from the album.. This song combines a lot of genres such as, disco, funk, pop, dance, and r&b. The music is reminiscent of disco/80s pop. It also has a 90s dance feel to it. It’s has such crossover appeal. The instrumentation is perfect throughout the song. Every instrument used in the song compliments each other very well. His vocals are outstanding on this track. He sings in a lower key for this song, which was perfect with the music. He tends to belt in some of his songs and it worked beautifully in this one. His inspirations are shining through in this song. This song is a love song. Mars is comparing the woman he loves to treasure. The lyrics are romantic and fit perfectly with this beat. It’s not a surprise this song was a hit because the music and the lyrics go hand and hand.
# 2 – Versace On The Floor
“Versace On The Floor,” was released on 24K Magic album. It’s the third single from the album. It’s an adult contemporary/r&b song. It sounds similar to a 90s love song. The keyboard is the star of the song. It’s featured heavily through the song. It gives the song a slower and deeper sound. There’s a hint of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing in the bridge. If you listen to it carefully, you will notice the similarity between the two songs. It also sounds similar to Selena’s Dreaming Of You and Freddy Jackson’s Rock Me Tonight. There is a little bit of Boyz II Men’s I’ll Make Love To You just before he hits the bridge. All of these songs combine to make a very sensual and beautiful song. His tenor/falsetto worked well with the music. Mars also had a little grit in his voice while he was belting and it was a nice surprise to hear.
#1 – Too Good To Say Goodbye
“Too Good To Say Goodbye,” is from the 24K Magic album. It’s the final track on the album. This is an r&b song that also has a pop appeal to it. This song should have been a single, but it wasn’t released. Mars co-wrote this song with singer/songwriter/producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. This is the first collaboration between the two artists and they need to work together again. This song is pure magic. Everything works well with this song.
The song sounds a little like Boyz II Men’s “A Song For Mama” It’s not a surprise the song sounds like that one because Edmonds wrote that song as well. Mars shows his versatility throughout the song. He belts his vocals throughout it. He holds some powerful notes towards the end of the song. Mars and Edmonds sing the chorus together and they sound perfect together. Their voices compliment each other very well. They sound like they have been working together for years. “Too Good To Say Goodbye,” is an amazing love song about wanting to get back together with a former flame. It was a mistake that this song wasn’t released as a single. The song is arguably one of the best songs on the album.