Written by: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Jeff Bhasker, Nicholas Williams, Devon Gallaspy, Charles Wilson, Robert Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Rudolph Taylor and Lonnie Simmons
Produced by: Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker and Bruno Mars
Album: Uptown Special
UK release: November 2014
UK chart peak: 1
It’s odd that this is officially the second biggest song of the decade and yet it’s the one on this whole 100 Songs list that feels most like a ~wildcard. When it comes to huge globe-straddling hits, the ones that are inescapable on the radio and (let’s face it) usually sung by men talking about how masculine they are, I find it very easy to roll my eyes. I have to actively remind myself to pay attention to when the song is actually a proper banger.
Uptown Funk is one of those songs: Bruno Mars cements his position as one of the best male performers in the business right now, while Mark Ronson is on top of his game with a track that pays homage to the 80s whilst also, curiously, managing to slot perfectly into the soundscape of the mid-2010s. And it really was a massive smash. Fleur East’s impact!!