10 songs you didn't know were written by Bruno Mars
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Bruno Mars writes or co-writes almost all of his own songs, but if that wasn’t impressive enough, he has also written several hits for other artists.
In 2009 he established a production team called The Smeezingtons, which consists of himself, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine. The trio have composed various songs together, often working with other musicians too. Here are some of the most famous songs that you probably didn’t know Mars had a hand in writing...
Cee Lo Green - Fuck You
Probably the best known song 'written but not sung' by Bruno Mars is Cee Lo Green’s massive hit that shot him to fame back in 2010 - 'Fuck You' (or 'Forget You', if you prefer the clean version). The song was co-written by Cee Lo Green and Mars’ team The Smeezingtons, who also produced the song. Bruno and Ari played the instruments in the recording too.
Adele - All I Ask
Even though this song was never released as a single, it still became hugely popular since Adele sang it live on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was co-written by Adele and Bruno.
The Sugababes - Get Sexy
Mars was involved in writing five songs for the Sugababes’ seventh album Sweet 7. In the lead single 'Get Sexy', you can hear him singing ‘hey’ and ‘get sexy’ in the background. The chorus samples the infamously ridiculous 1992 song 'I’m Too Sexy' by Right Said Fred.
Brandy - Long Distance
Mars contributed to both writing and producing the single 'Long Distance' from the album Human released in 2008. At 1:29 in the music video, you can see Bruno playing the piano alongside fellow Smeezington Philip Lawrence.
Adam Lambert - Never Close Our Eyes
This was the second single from Adam Lambert’s album Trespassing and was written by the Smeezingtons, Dr. Luke and Cirkut. Bruno’s team produced it too.
K’naan - Bang Bang ft. Adam Levine
This song became famous thanks to featuring in the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid, starring Jaden Smith. It was written by Bruno, Philip and K’naan. Mars also co-wrote 'Wavin’ Flag' which is on the same album, and the duo worked again when K’naan helped write 'The Lazy Song' for Mars’ debut album.
Far East Movement - Girls on the Dance Floor
Far East Movement, most famous for 'Like a G6', have also taken advantage of Bruno’s talents. As well as this song, Mars helped write '3D', 'Go Ape' and 'If I Was You (OMG)'.
Mike Posner - Bow Chicka Wow Wow
The Smeezingtons rise again, writing this song alongside Posner, which was a single on the album 31 Minutes to Takeoff. Lil Wayne also added his own lyrics in the remix.
Flo Rida - Right Round
Another mega hit, Mars helped write 'Right Round' alongside Flo Rida and a few other rappers, and the song stayed at #1 for six consecutive weeks. Like 'Get Sexy', the chorus samples a much-covered song, 'You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)' by Dead or Alive. Bruno Mars claimed the following line “when you go down, down”, which he added, is referring to oral sex.
Alicia Keys - Tears Always Win
Bruno, Philip and Alicia wrote 'Tears Always Win' for her 2012 album Girl on Fire. Although it didn’t get as much public recognition as his dirtier songs, the song was highly acclaimed by critics, and BET stated Mars added a ‘nice doo-wop touch’.
When you pay attention, you can hear a similar style in many of the songs that doesn’t stray far from Bruno’s own albums. They might not all be genius lyrics, but you can’t deny that the man is talented.