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 only for 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.
    • "24k Magic" seconds that.
  • Award Snub: He's had the misfortune of losing five times as Best Male Singer at the Kids' Choice Awards. At first it was understandable due to Justin Bieber being an almost unstoppable force, but once he got tossed aside fans assumed Bruno will finally prosper in 2014 only to lose to Justin Timberlake. In 2015 he lost yet again, this time to Nick Jonas (it didn't help that he was hosting the show that year). In 2016, he was completely snubbed, with neither he nor Uptown Funk nominated for anything.
  • Counterpart Comparison: He's very frequently compared with 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.
  • Director Displacement: In the U.S., you'll be hard-pressed to find someone who recognizes "Uptown Funk" as being a Mark Ronson song instead of a Bruno Mars song, given that while he's a pop superstar Ronson's a virtually unknown name there. It's gotten so bad that Ronson's fate as a one-hit wonder is practically sealed. It's understandable in that it continues Bruno's general trend of Genre Throwbacks to the 70's and 80's.
  • 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-on
    • ...MOON! Girls, what y'all trying to do? 24 karat magic in the aiiiiirrrrrr! Head to toe, so playa!
  • Fandom Rivalry: With The Weeknd, as both artists are huge fans of Michael Jackson, and both show this in their music. Fans tend to fight over whether Bruno's more lighthearted, flamboyant style or Abel's darker, more somber style captures Michael's music better, or whether which artist has more artistic merit and talent.
  • 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. Maybe he had his hands on her face while kissing her and (accidentally) felt her open eyes?
  • 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.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Although "24k Magic" was well-received regardless, many criticized it for being a retread of "Uptown Funk" musically and lyrically.
  • 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).
    • I'd still catch a grenaaaaaade for yaaaa! Anytime someone gets a grenade kill in Call of Duty, expect to hear that joke a lot.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The ending of the "Grenade" music video has the narrator commit suicide. There's also the reason for said suicide; he's being brutally abused by his girlfriend. Also crosses over with Adult Fear.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Even those who hate Bruno Mars really seem to enjoy "Uptown Funk".
    • For those who hated his 2010/11 Wangst songs yet liked him as a singer, his retro hits, that started with "Locked Out of Heaven" and later the whole of Unorthodox Jukebox gave back some of that crowd.
  • Signature Song: "Uptown Funk!" If you want to avoid songs where he's a featured artist, then "Just the Way You Are", "Grenade" or "Locked Out of Heaven".
  • So Bad, It's Good: "Gorilla", in a hilariously overblown way.
  • Tear Jerker:
    Say Amy, oh Amy..
    I love you darling..
    Say Amy, oh Amy..
    We'll miss you baby
    You've got whole world singing..
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: 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.
    • 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, though Unorthodox Jukebox has alleviated this reputation to a good degree.