Bruno Mars' Universe
Seems like we only just met the young Mr. Bruno Mars, doesn't it? But in the few short years since he burst into our musical consciousness, he's assembled a pretty incredible number of contributions to ye olde pop-scape, hasn't he? All the result of a carefully waged multipronged attack of good, old-fashioned woo-pitching.
Step 1: Shower us with a dizzying deluge of killer guest shots, starting with some of 2010's best singles (Travie McCoy's "Billionaire," Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters" and, of course, B.o.B.'s "Nothin' On You," which Mars practically owned). Step 2: Release your own serious contender solo material in the form of two wildly successful albums, each jam-packed with can't-quit, can't-avoid singles, like "Locked Out of Heaven" from late 2012's great Unorthodox Jukebox.
Oh and the super-important but sort of secret Step 3? Be a part of a hit-making team that's churned out some of the charts' biggest smashes in recent years.
Enter the Smeezingtons, Mars's songwriting/production "side gig" with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, and the guys behind everything from Snoop and Wiz's "Young, Wild & Free" to K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag" to, of course, Cee-Lo's "F*ck You." Well, mission accomplished, if this playlist of Mars' guest shots, solo smashes and hits helmed for others is any indication. The only thing not represented is his childhood spent as a mini Elvis impersonator! (And that's only because he didn't release any recordings of it. Believe us -- we looked.)