Moonshine”: Inspired by the quiet storm sub-genre of R&B, Mars joined forces with Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker and more to create the intoxicatingly smooth “Moonshine.
Runaway Baby: Going full James Brown, “Runaway Baby” is funky, soulful, doo-wop dance ditty that drives across an electric riff as rapidly talk-sings throughout.
It Will Rain”: Mars captures the desperation and melodrama at the center of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn with his contribution to the film’s soundtrack.
Gorilla”: Of all of Mars’ throwbacks to older styles of music, the Eighties-inflected sound of “Gorilla” may be his most surprising and rocking.
When I Was Your Man”: The mournful piano ballad “When I Was Your Man” hits the peak of Mars’ romantic side, one of his strongest musically.
Uptown Funk: Singles off Mars’ sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, dominated 2013, and he found a way to remain a radio power-player in his “downtime.
Treasure”: Mixing disco with soul-pop, “Treasure” hit all the right notes as a piece of pure pop pleasure.
Locked Out of Heaven”: The euphoric “Locked Out of Heaven” celebrates the way Mars feels when he’s having sex with his lover.
Just the Way You Are”: Mars came into the pop sphere with a bang: “Just the Way You Are” was a gentle introduction to the nostalgic soul singer and a smash hit.
Grenade”: Mars’ second solo single proved his staying power, with “Grenade” not only hitting Number One but showcasing his raw emotional power as a performer and singer.