The Man Behind the Name Bruno Mars
Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985) professionally known as Bruno Mars is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. He graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career. After being dropped by Motown Records, Mars signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2009. In the same year, he co-founded the production team The Smeezingtons, responsible for the singles “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy.
You must have been wondering what Bruno Mars was doing before dropping the highly acclaimed single “Just the Way You Are“. Before becoming so popular Bruno Mars spent years behind the scenes doing just what he does best; compose music. It will surprise you to know that Bruno Mars is the name behind most of the most successful hit singles of this decade.
Top 10 Songs Written by Bruno Mars
Long before Bruno Mars became a household name or before his own songs started featuring in the charts, he spent time as a writer and collaborator for different artists. He spent years perfecting his craft such that when he started dropping his own singles, every chart had his name. Below is a list of some of the songs composed by Bruno Mars alongside his team that did extremely well…
10. Hot Mess (2009) by Cobra Starship
This track written and co-produced by Bruno Mars debuted at #64 Billboard top 100. The beginning proved to be great.
9. One Day (2008) by Matisyahu from the album light
With his group The Smeezingtons, Mars brought life to this epic musical piece One Day. This song has been described by many as “the anthem of hope”. Although a last minute addition to the light album, it turned out to be a great deal of addition.
8. Waving Flag (2009) by K’naan
This song by the Somali-Canadian Musician K’naan was written with the collaboration of Mars. Originally intended to be for the people of Somalia, the track turned out to be a global hit. It charted high in Canada from the get go, and became Coca Cola’s choice for the theme song of the 2010 FIFA world cup. The popularity of the song brought to life the inspiration for K’naan’s book ‘When I get older,’ the story behind ‘waving flag.’ Mars also collaborated in K’naan’s other hit single in the same album titled “Bang Bang.”
7. Can We Dance (2013) by The Vamps
Although One Republic’s single ‘Counting Stars’ was dominating the UK charts in 2013, the newcomers, The Vamps, in the music scene mesmerized music lovers with their hit single ‘Can we dance.’ Despite being behind ‘Counting Stars’ it was still a very successful single in its own right.
6. Tears Always Win (2013) by Alicia Keys
Music lovers and fanatics will immediately tell you that the opening verses of this track have Bruno Mars’s signature all over them. This single which appeared in Key’s 5th studio album ‘Girl On Fire” released in 2012, was first performed in American Idol 2012; just days after the digital release.
5. Never Close Our Eyes by Adam Lambert
Former American Idol made history with the release of his 2nd album “Trespassing” in 2012. Several years after his American Idol success, his album debuted in the Billboard top 200. As an openly guy man, he was the first person to achieve such success with a musical release. ‘Never Close Our Eyes’ received better reviews the the preceding song ‘Better than I know myself.’ Mars was both the writer and producer of the track.
4. Love Me (2009) by Justine Bieber
Do you still remember when Bieber was making hits after hits? Topping charts here and there? I bet you do.
My friends say I’m a fool
To think that you’re the one for me
I guess I’m just a sucker for love
‘Cause honestly the truth is
That you know I’m never leavin’
‘Cause you’re my angel sent from aboveBaby you can do no wrong
My money is yours
Give you little more because I love ya, love ya
With me, girl, is where you belong
Just stay right here
I promise my dear I’ll put nothin’ above ya, above ya
2. Right Round (2009) by Flo Rida
‘Right Round’ stands out to be one of the most heavily downloaded songs of the decade. Although not an original song (sampled from ‘You Spin Me Round Like a Record’ by Dead or Alive), it broke the records for first week sales for an individual song with 636,000 downloads. It currently has over 12 million downloads several years after its release. This song was featured in the movie “Pitch Perfect.”
1. F**k You (2010) by CeeLo Green
This song became a monster radio hit under the name “Forget You.” It is actually known by several different titles including ‘F**K You or Thank You.’ Different techniques were use to clean the song depending on the demographic; reason for its different titles. This song was written between CeeLo Green and the Mars’ team. Following the success of all these tracks, it is evident that Mars’ influence in the industry follows a positive trajectory.
Other songs to note that were co-written by Bruno Mars
Get Sexy (2009) by Sugarbabes
Lift Off (2011) by Jay-Z & Kanye West ft Beyonce
Endless (2012) by The Cab ft Andre Lambert