Bruno Mars is #98 out of the 468 worst bands of all time, as voted on by over 12.5k voters. But it turns out that older people dislike him way more than younger people.
Super Bowl XLVIII is upon us! Woop, woop! Time to prepare for head-spinning sensory overload: brawny men knocking each others’ lights out, sassy cheerleaders, flashy TV ads… it’s almost too much to handle. And what about the crown jewel of the day’s entertainment: the halftime performer, Bruno Mars?
Will Peter Gene Hernandez, aka Bruno Mars, have the charisma to command a crowd of 100,000 screaming fans, not to mention the 110 million Americans who are expected to watch the game from home?
According to our data, it’s not looking good. At least not on the surface. Bruno Mars is currently ranked #98 on our list of The Worst Bands of All Time.
As of right now, 12,627 people have voted on this list, which means that there are a whole lot of haters out there. Compound that with the fact that people always complain about the Super Bowl halftime performer, and it’s looking like Bruno Mars may not get a lot of love for his performance.
However, when we slice the data up a little, it actually looks like things may not be that bad for the incredibly short crooner.
Why’s that, you ask?
1. Not to be taken lightly: Bruno Mars Has Got Some Serious Dance Moves.
Even though he was voted as one of the worst bands of all-time, people also acknowledge that he’s got some moves, which bodes well for him as a performer—especially in a situation where he is expected to wow the crowd. He was voted #29 out of 54 on this list of the best dancing singers.
2. Young people like Bruno Mars way more than this list would have you believe.
Statistically Speaking: If we isolate the votes coming from only young people—people ages 30 and under, that is, Bruno Mars would drop all the way down to #381 on the list of worst bands of all time.
Only 5 out of 12 young people who voted on this list upvoted Bruno Mars. That’s about 40% who agree that he should be considered one of the worst bands of all time.
Compare that to say, Justin Bieber who received 16 upvotes for every 19 people who voted on him, which is close to 85%.
*Or, in Plain English if You’re Starting to Get a Headache: Being #381 on a ‘worst bands’ list is way better than being #1. Young people voting him down on this list means that a lot of them do not think that he is the worst.
3. Old people hating on Bruno Mars is making him rise in the ‘worst of’ rankings.
Let’s look at how old people (over the age of 50) feel about our buddy Bruno. If we strip out all of the young and middle-aged voters, Bruno Mars would climb up to #82 on the list of worst bands of all time. Remember, getting closer to #1 on a ‘worst’ list is not a good thing.
The ratio for this demographic is much higher. 3 out of 5 old-timers who voted on this list upvoted Bruno Mars as the worst band of all time. That’s 60% for those of you who are keeping track.
While we can crunch the numbers for preferences according to age, it must be noted that we do not have a specific reason as to why people voted this way. Why do people over 50 dislike Bruno Mars? Is it his cavalier attitude, his voluminous hair, his sexy lyrics? His widely-publicized cocaine bust?
Either way–we’d bet that Bruno would rather be pleasing young’uns than winning the hearts of old folks. They are the ones, after all, who will be more likely to pay to see him perform live (they’ll also be way more likely to pirate his music, but that’s another conversation).
So, while you are eating your triple beany cheese nachos and downing Bud heavies this weekend and one of your friends starts to complain about how much he hates Bruno Mars…you can think to yourself (or gently point out) that maybe he’s just too old to understand him.