Song: “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
Reached #1: October 2, 2010 (his first, 4 weeks)
Before he was catching grenades (in his second solo single), Bruno Mars released his debut single in the summer of 2010. A fairly traditional pop song, it stood out among all the vocal pyrotechnics that usually hit the charts at that point, and eventually made Mars one of the small group of singers who debuted at the top of the charts.
But he’d already been around the top of the pops as a songwriter, with his team The Smeezingtons (I had to get that in somehow). They’d done songs for B.o.B., Travie McCoy, and wrote the non-sampled parts of Flo Rida’s “Right Round”. On his own, Mars co-wrote Cee Lo Green’s “[ahem] You”.
Mars is unique – probably the only Filipino-Puerto Rican singer to come out of Hawaii – and he picked up part of his stage name as a toddler, when his father decided he looked like retired pro wrestler Bruno Sammartino.
A couple of weeks before “Just The Way You Are” went to #1, Mars made another set of headlines – he got popped for cocaine possession. As it was a first offense, the charges would be expunged a year later in return for a fine and community service.
Mars’ new single, “Locked Out Of Heaven”, is the first off his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox – and it dropped yesterday. I wonder if there’s any significance there…
Tomorrow, a one-named soul singer follows up a huge duet with her first #1…
Other songs that reached #1 on October 2:
1965 – “Hang On Sloopy” by the McCoys (their first, 1 week)
1971 – “Maggie May / Reason To Believe” by Rod Stewart (his first, 5 weeks)
1982 – “Jack & Diane” by John Cougar [Mellencamp] (his first, 4 weeks)