Uptown Funk Producer: It is the lead single from British-American record producer Mark Ronson’s fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). It features American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars on the chorus. It was released as the album’s first single on November 10, 2014, and was available for download in a number of countries.
“Uptown Funk” was written by Ronson, Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Jeff Bhasker; it was produced by the former two, as well as Bhasker. The song’s composition began during a freestyle studio session in which they worked on a jam Mars and his band performed while on tour; the song was written by Ronson, Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Jeff Bhasker. After the song’s publication, copyright disputes emerged, resulting in various lawsuits and changes to the song’s songwriting credits.
There are elements of funk-pop, soul, boogie-woogie, disco-pop, and Minneapolis in the song. It has a spirit that is reminiscent of the funk music of the 1980s. Its lyrics, which deal with fashion, self-love, and “typical masculine bravado,” are delivered in a sing-rapping style that is full of metaphors, arrogance, charisma, and good times, among other things.
Following its release, the single garnered generally excellent reviews from critics, who commended the track’s instrumentation, style, and a variety of cultural influences. Others criticized it for being unoriginal because it attempted to replicate the funk music of the 1980s.
Commercially, the song peaked at the top of the charts in 19 countries and reached the top 10 in another 15 countries, making it the most successful single by Ronson and Mars up to this point. When it came to the United States, “Uptown Funk” was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks, and it spent seven weeks atop the UK Singles Chart.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it 11 times platinum, and the British Phonographic Industry certified it six times platinum (BPI). Uptown Funk” reached the top of the Canadian Hot 100 and the top of the Irish Singles Chart, where it reached the top of the chart over Christmas time.
Besides France’s Syndicat National de l’Édition Phonographique (SNEP), the song hit the top spot on the Australian and New Zealand charts for a total of six weeks and the top spot on the French charts for nine consecutive weeks. It also broke its own streaming record three times in the United Kingdom, as well as breaking the streaming record in the United States and the rest of the world at the time of its release.
The music video for the song was shot by director Cameron Duddy and Mars, and it features Ronson, Mars, and The Hooligans singing, walking, and dancing in the middle of a city street. As of July 2020, the official music video for “Uptown Funk” is the seventh most-viewed YouTube video of all time, with a total of 4 billion views, making it the seventh most popular video of all time.
Music videos for “Uptown Funk” have been shown on television shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Performance, and the halftime show for the Super Bowl. Numerous honors and nominations were earned for the song, including British Single of the Year at The 2015 Brit Awards, International Work of the Year at The 2016 APRA Music Awards, and Record of the Year at The 2016 Grammy Awards.
The song has been featured on the soundtrack of the television show Glee, as well as ads for L’Oreal’s Garnier range and Skippy peanut butter. It has been mimicked numerous times and has grown into a worldwide phenomenon that has had a significant impact on pop culture.