Marry You

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"Marry You"
Single by Bruno Mars
from the album Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Released August 22, 2011[1]
Format Digital download
Length 3:50
Label Atlantic, Elektra
Writer(s) Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine
Producer(s) The Smeezingtons
Bruno Mars singles chronology
"Marry You"

"Marry You" is a song by American recording artist Bruno Mars, released as the fourth single internationally from his debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Mars wrote the song along with his production team The Smeezingtons, who also produced the track. "Marry You" incorporates influences of reggae and R&B. Lyrically, the song sees Mars singing about a spontaneous marriage idea.[2] It received generally mixed reviews from most of the critics, with some complimenting its production and Mars' vocals on the song. The song charted at number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 10 on the Canadian Hot 100. It also peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia and the top twenty of the charts in the United Kingdom.


In an interview with American Songwriter Philip Lawrance he explained the concept behind the song "When we were coming up with that song, we had this image of a slow-mo video in Vegas of a couple running, and she’s in her gown and he’s in his tux, the wedding party is behind them and everyone’s raging. This sort of crazy, daring, wedding feeling. It was more of a racy kind of idea, as opposed to this classic marriage tune it has become." He added "We always thought it was a good song and catchy, but we didn’t think it would affect pop culture the way that it has. The first time we saw one of those YouTube videos, it changed everything for us. We were almost in tears, just the power of music… the power of what it is we can create. These ideas, words, and lyrics and how they can get into the fabric of society and affect people’s lives in such an amazing way."[3]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

A sample of Bruno Mars's "Marry You" features Mars singing over a Reggae rock melody.

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"Marry You" was written by Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, and was produced by The Smeezingtons.[4] "Marry You" is a love song, about a couple when they go to Las Vegas, and spontaneously decide to get married.[5] Lawrence confessed "It was more of a racy kind of idea, as opposed to this classic marriage tune it has become."[3] It is three minutes and fifty seconds long. The song is composed in the key of F major and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 145 beats per minute. Mars vocal range spans from C4 to D5.[6]


Critical reception[edit]

"Marry You" received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Tim Sendra of Allmusic said the song was "pleasantly silly", but praised its "dynamic and nuanced production".[7] Mike Diver of BBC Music simply called it a "too-clingy and very creepy love song".[8] Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe called it an "artfully arranged throwback" love song, and said Mars' "plaintive voice aches oh so gently on [it]".[5] Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly wrote that "a malt-shop heart beats beneath the digital skin of tracks like the buoyant "Marry You".[9] Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine thought the word "fuck" got replaced by "marry", referring to Cee Lo Green's hit, "Fuck You".[10] Becky Bain of Idolator was impressed with the song and described it as a "Motown marriage track".[11] Joanne Dorken of MTV UK called it "the infectious album track", and said it was a "reminiscent of something Jack Johnson would have recorded".[12] Editors from USA Today wrote "though [Bruno Mars] despairs about a woman who doesn't share his affection on the melancholy "Grenade", he's more than ready to give into his capricious impulses on the bubbly "Marry You".[13]

Chart performance[edit]

Although "Marry You" was not released as a single in the U.S., it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 91 on the week dated December 11, 2010,[14] and peaked at number 85 on January 15, 2011 due to strong digital sales.[15] In Australia, "Marry You" debuted at number 50 on the ARIA Singles Chart on December 12, 2010. The song reached a peak of number eight.[16] In Canada, the song debuted at number 83 on the Canadian Hot 100 and eventually peaked at number 10 after release as a single.[17] "Marry You" also made its debut on the UK Singles Chart at number 66.[18] On the week ending January 27, 2011, it debuted at number 47 on the Irish Singles Chart.[19] In South Korea the single sold 422,214 copies.[20]

Live performances and covers[edit]

Mars performed "Marry You" at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on August 25, 2010,[21] and at 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards on November 6, 2011. The song was also added to the set list of his Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour.[22] Furthermore, "Marry You" was covered on the television show Glee on "Furt", an episode that aired in November 2010.[23] The show's cover version peaked at number twenty-seven on the singles chart of Australia,[24] number nineteen in Canada,[25] number thirty-one in Ireland[26] and number thirty-two in the United States.[27] The song was covered by Sunny, Sooyoung, and Yoona of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation for their comeback special Girls' Generation's Romantic Fantasy. On the December 8, 2012, Mars performed the song in the 2012 edition of Jingle Bell Ball, event annually held and promoted by Capital FM which happened on the O2 Arena, in London.[28] Rapper/actor Donald Glover sang a cover of the song in the film Magic Mike XXL, which also appeared on the soundtrack album.

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Recorded at: Larrabee Recording Studios and Levcon Studios in Los Angeles, California; mixed at Larrabee Sound Studios in North Hollywood, California.


Charts and certifications[edit]


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