Can You Name Bruno Mars’ 5 Biggest Hits?

Bruno Mars is one of the most successful musicians in the world. This is no surprise as he has been able to blend the current and the modern in a variety of genres. He’s had so many hits over the past ten years it can be difficult for casual fans to figure out which have been the biggest. Here are his most popular songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

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5. ‘Locked Out of Heaven’

A genius pastiche of the Police’s best songs, “Locked Out of Heaven” pairs an emotive vocal performance with a great reggae rock beat. Although the song is a throwback to the music of the 1970s and 1980s, it has an EDM flair in the build-up to the chorus which makes it accessible for millennials. Never has desperation sounded this fun.

4. ‘Grenade’

Many Mars songs are retro, but “Grenade” is a song out of time. There’s no era of music it wouldn’t belong in. Since he’s a great singer and songwriter, Mars is able to mine a lot of emotion out of a simple combination piano and drums. The central conceit of the song – the idea a man loves his girlfriend so much he will die for her – takes the subject matter of Prince’s hit “I Would Die 4 U” and makes it a lot darker. Few piano riffs sound as melancholy as the one in this song.

3. ‘Just the Way You Are’

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Through “Just the Way You Are,” Mars crafted a song for anyone who’s ever felt insecure about their looks and it resonated. The song was also a hit thanks to the angelic harmonies in its intro. Mars’ transition from the squeaky-clean subject matter of this song to the risque lyrics of his later career proves he mastered several different types of music while still keeping the public interested.

2. ‘That’s What I Like’

In 2008, rapper T.I. had a major hit with his song “Whatever You Like.” The track was about a man who enjoys spending money on his lover. Although the song’s subject matter was interesting, the track sounded more like a cellphone ringtone than actual music.

Mars was clever enough to take the concept of “Whatever You Like” and combine it with much better music. Whether you’re a fan of funk, pop, hip-hop, or trap, “That’s What I Like” is a song for you. Mars split the difference between Bobby Brown’s musical heyday and Beyoncé circa 2006 to create a cross-genre anthem for the ages. It has an impeccable groove that will stay in your head for the rest of the day after you hear it. 

1. ‘Uptown Funk’

Bruno Mars performs a tribute to Prince | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Few will be surprised “Uptown Funk” is the biggest hit of Mars’ career. “Uptown Funk” isn’t just his most popular song or one of the most popular songs of the 2010s, it’s one of the most popular songs of all time. It’s hard not to see why. Musically, “Uptown Funk” features everything but the kitchen sink and it somehow manages to work. If there’s a song for everybody, this is it.