Pop sensation Bruno Mars is best known for hit songs like “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Billionaire,” “Grenade” and, most recently, “Uptown Funk” (which he co-wrote with Mark Ronson), but did you know that the 30-year-old singing, performing and writing talent has had a hand in penning many other artists’ biggest pop hits?
From collaborations with hit-makers like Snoop Dogg and Kanye West, to tracks written for pop icons like Justin Bieber, Bruno has been much more influential in the world of hit tunes than you probably even realize.
And this is just the beginning.
10 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written By Bruno Mars:
1. “Wavin’ Flag” // K’naan
Bruno co-wrote this song with K’naan in 2009. It went on to become No. 1 on Canada’s Billboard Hot 100.
2. “Young, With and Free” // Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa
Not only did Bruno pen this party track, but he also lent his vocals for the recording.
Warning: this video is NSFW.
3. “F*** (Forget) You” // Cee Lo Green
Bruno co-wrote the song with the music group The Smeezingtons. It was left unfinished and unrecorded until Cee Lo got his hands on it 2010.
4. “Love Me” // Justin Bieber
“Love Me,” which was actually Justin’s first single of his debut album, was written by Bruno in 2009.
Fun fact: The Cardigans are also get credited on the track because “Love Me” heavily resembles the group’s 1996 song “Lovefool.”
5. “Right Round” // Flo Rida ft. Kesha.
Allegedly, this 2009 hit was co-written by Bruno and Flo Rida while they were sitting in traffic.
6. “Can We Dance” // The Vamps
Bruno co-wrote this indie dance hit for the British pop-rock band in 2013. It went on to be a huge hit in the UK.
7. “One Day” // Matisyahu
This reggae tune, which was used heavily during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, was a collaboration between Bruno, Matisyahu and couple others.
8. “Lift Off” // Jay-Z and Kanye West ft. Beyonce
Co-written by Bruno and a few other talented songwriters, including Seal, this rap hit features some of the world’s biggest hit-makers.
9. “Bang Bang (She Shot Me)” // K’Naan ft. Adam Levine
Bruno wrote this futuristic hit for K’Naan in 2010.
10. “All I Ask” // Adele
Yep, Bruno helped Adele write this super emotional ballad. It’s the one you’re always singing the shower.