A brief look back at some of Bruno Mars' most tear-jerking compositions

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He’s an exceptional singer, an impeccable songwriter, and an all-around charismatic live performer, to boot. While that description might be used to describe a multitude of talented musicians, you can bet your bottom dollar that there is only one Bruno Mars.

The Grammy Award winner has been dropping hits for over a decade and although he’s created a number of records that make you want to dance, Bruno has contrarily written a number of songs that hit right in the heart. 

Let’s delve into some of his most iconic tear-jerking compositions. Let's go!


In a nutshell, it’s a track about a person who’s willing to jump through hoops and bounds, climb any mountain, face any foe, and do literally almost anything for their lover, yet still not receive the same sentiment on the other end. If you’ve never been in this situation, there’s no way a blog post could accurately detail just how painfully heartbreaking that is.

If the lyrics don’t make you feel anything, the music video certainly will. In it, Mars walks into a number of conflicts (all whilst dragging a piano) in an attempt to seek out his love interest and reconcile. The killer is that once he finally arrives at his destination only to find the love of his life in the arms of another man with no remorse whatsoever. 

Following this, Mars heads for the nearest train track sighting where he is seen playing his piano whilst standing there waiting to end it all. The Grenade music video doesn’t show what happens next, but I’m pretty sure you can use your imagination.

When I Was Your Man 

If the saying that you never know what you have until it’s gone was made into a song, Bruno’s When I Was Your Man would fit the bill quite nicely. 

The song contains lyrics pertaining to that deep regretful feeling you get when you’ve taken your lover for granted. Moreover, now that they’re gone, you can’t help feeling like a 10-pound sack of crap for treating them so poorly. 

While this isn’t the first time someone has sung a song about this sort of situation, Mars adds a unique spin by speaking from the perspective of a man who wishes his ex’s new lover does all the things he didn’t do.

Talking To The Moon

Talking To The Moon and When I Was Your Man share a lot of similarities. For one, both album versions of the song don’t contain any drums or percussion. 

Instead, the piano acts as pretty much the sole instrument barring Bruno’s vocals. In addition, Mars sings in that fiercely passionate way he’s known for about an ex who’s seemingly moved on.

In regard to Talking To The Moon, Mars questions whether or not he’s crazy for holding out hope that his once intimate partner feels the same way he does about rekindling their old flame despite the fact that most of his friends and loved ones thinking that he’s gone completely insane.