YMMV: Bruno Mars

  • Awesome Music: Unorthodox Jukebox has many enjoyable tunes, but "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Treasure" will most certainly start any party. "Gorilla" also counts, if for it being over-the-top and hilariously So Bad, It's Good.
    • Doo-Wops & Hooligans may be largely comprised of teenybopper high school dance songs, but in hindsight "Runaway Baby" from that album gave us a clue that Bruno was capable of more than teenybopper crap.
    • "Uptown Funk", full stop.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: "Grenade" has some descriptions that obviously are meant to be used to show his feelings, but instead come across as plain not funny or fitting, this includes all the suicide references.
  • Ear Worm: Today, I don't feel like doing anything... (whistles)
    • Up. Town. Funk you up. Uptown Funk you up.
    • 'Cause you make me feel like/I've been locked out of heaven/For too lon-on-ong
  • Fridge Logic: In "Grenade", the singer calls his lover out because her eyes were open when they had their first kiss... which he couldn't have known unless his eyes were also open.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: His song "Talking to the Moon", relatively unknown to American listeners, is surprisingly popular in Brazil due to its inclusion in a Soap Opera.
    • Despite "Marry You"'s failure in the U.S., it was a massive hit in New Zealand.
  • Growing the Beard: Unorthodox Jukebox in general has been better received than Doo-Wops was, thanks to toning down the Wangst with breakup songs (compare "When I Was Your Man" to "Grenade") and toning down the silliness of Silly Love Songs. The fact that it contains some excellent throwbacks to the 70's and 80's doesn't hurt either.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many of his features. For example, "Uptown Funk" wouldn't have been nearly as big a hit for Mark Ronson if he wasn't involved (in the U.S, it probably wouldn't have become a hit at all!)
  • Memetic Mutation: Cuz my heart breaks a little when I heeeaaar your name...it all just sounds like (insert funny sample of your choice).
  • Nightmare Fuel: The ending of the "Grenade" music video has the narrator commit suicide.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: Many consider him to be this for the late Michael Jackson due to similarities in vocals and musical style. This is justified as Bruno was a Michael Jackson impersonator when he was very young, and MJ remains his greatest idol to this day.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Even those who hate Bruno Mars really seem to enjoy "Uptown Funk".
  • Signature Songs: Most people know him for "Grenade", "Just the Way You Are" and "Locked Out of Heaven".
  • So Bad, It's Good: "Gorilla", in a hilariously overblown way.
  • Squick: "YOU AND ME, BABY, MAKING LOVE LIKE GORILLAS!"
  • Tear Jerker: "When I Was Your Man".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks/What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Many criticized "The Lazy Song" for rather vulgar lyrics compared to previous songs such as "Just the Way You Are".
  • Wangst: "Grenade". The narrator loves the girl to the point that he would kill himself in spectacular ways, but the girl won't do the same.
    • "It Will Rain", another breakup song about a girl leaving the protagonist sung with very over-the-top histrionics. The two songs eventually gave him a reputation for being an overly angsty teenybopper until his next album Unorthodox Jukebox saved him from this reputation.
    • This trope is why some people dislike his music; a good portion of it is about his feelings and breakups. While some artists do this, Bruno Mars goes so over the top with it, it's hard not to be bothered.