Welcome back to our Song Of The Year breakdown series, where a day at a time, we take a look at the making of and the meaning of every song nominated in the coveted category at the 2014 GRAMMYs. We first stripped down Pink ft. Nate Ruess' "Just Give Me A Reason", and now it's Bruno Mars' turn on our radar, with "Locked Out Of Heaven".
Where do we begin with this tune about being so enamoured with a human being that not being with them feels like getting, well, locked out of heaven? As the first single off his 2012 release Unorthodox Jukebox, when it was released to radio, it got quite a lot of backlash for sounding a little too similar to The Police. The high vocals, stabbing guitars, and vocal "whoas" in the chorus are definitely reminiscent of Sting's early music, but even so, Mars makes the track his own with modern production and sultry lyrics.
Speaking of the lyrics, back when Unorthodox Jukebox hit the shelves, the performer held a Google+ Hangout to answer fan's questions about the record, and was asked what his favorite line from "Locked Out Of Heaven" was. Answered Mars, But swimming in your water is something spiritual, because sensuality isn't only the theme of the song -- but the album itself.
Was there a woman in question that Mars was singing to when he wrote the track? With lines like You bring me to my knees / You make me testify / You can make a sinner change his ways, the singer revealed on UK radio station Capitol FM that it was none other than Halle Berry he was "locked out of heaven" from. Makes sense!
With a dedicated following of fans (Hooligans, to be precise) and continuous success on the charts, Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" has a definite high chance of winning Song Of The Year. And guess what? According to Mediabase, the tune was the most-played song on top 40 radio stations in 2013! Watch the music video for the sensual track below: