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Bruno Mars Is Disliked, But Mostly by Older People

Bruno Mars With His Grammy

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.


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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.

Bruno Mars Dancing GIF
Bruno’s got moves.

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. 

Bruno Mars loses the mic GIF
What do you have to say about that, Bruno?

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?

Bruno Mars' mug shot actually isn't that bad.
Bruno Mars’ mug shot actually isn’t that bad.

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.

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Today's List of the Day is Full of Band Geeks

Remember that movie Drumline and how unmistakingly badass it made marching bands look?

Yeah, neither do we. 

BUT, turns out that a lot of the band geeks you might have picked on in high school may actually turn out to be quite the famous celebrities, so watch who you pick on.

Please.

This comes from experience. Being a band geek wasn’t like in Glee. One assembly didn’t lead to people singing along with you, a huge fanfare and you somehow getting the girl/guy; it most often led to your parents buying you some ice cream on the way home before you tried to fit in as much Nintendo as you could before bed. 

No, this is not the way of marching band nowadays. Geeks are taking over the world and everything that used to be weird or nerdy is now okay and downright cool. So if you were in marching band, you were most likely missing out. Although it seems lately that we’ve gone from this…

to this…

although nowadays you do get a fair amount of this…

So, just to prove that people in band CAN be cool, here’s a list of celebrities that, at some point in their school careers, were in marching band. From Halle Berry, Gwen Stefani and Woody Allen, to Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg and even Bill Clinton.

Wear your band geekdom proud today, nerds, and let your flag fly (and please, try not to drop it).

30 Famous People Who Were Once in Marching Band

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Meme Monday: Oblivious Mothers and Daughters Edition

Hello and welcome to your first helping of meme Mondays! Why meme Mondays? Because there’s nothing better to start you off on your week than knowing you’re behind on something. 

For those of you not in the know, an internet meme is sort of an “inside” joke of the internet — kind of like the kind of inside jokes you have to deal with when you hang out with your significant other and their friends, only you (yes, you) can actually participate. Memes are born when multiple people contribute to an image, video or phrase, making it evolve into something that everyone can laugh at. 

And since Ranker users have really taken a shine to rounding up memes, we have enough to do meme Mondays until “advice memes” stop being popular.

Starting us off is The Very Best of the Oblivious Suburban Mom Meme. Reddit’s AdviceAnimals section (where a lot of these memes are born, well, where a lot of these memes are raised) took a picture of a pretty attractive almost-middle-aged woman and started making her say the kind of stuff that your normal, in-denial (or really that oblivious) suburban mom would think about her kids doing “adult” or “illegal” things. 

For example

So enjoy the very best of this meme that makes fun of clueless, idealistic parents. 

Speaking of clueless idealism, when’s the last time you talked to a child about music? Nothing on earth will make you feel older.

“Paul McCartney! You don’t know Paul McCartney?!”

“Oh, you mean Jesse McCartney’s dad? Is that him? Is he an actor or something?”

This causes much distress. Especially when the kid thinks he/she knows everything already, even though they’re in 8th grade, which means they’re just starting to like stuff. At all. 

And then it hits a peak when they say things like this:

So for 39 more range-inducing hits from this annoyingly happy, yet ignorant little girl, check out The Very Best of the Musically Oblivious 8th Grade Meme. And bring a stress ball. 

And that’s your meme Monday for this pre-Comic-Con July week.

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The Band Cameos List of the Day

No, no no, not the band Cameo’s list of the day, we mean band cameos in movies, as in, whenever a band makes a special guest appearance in a film. Like when Kiss was in Detroit Rock City, or when members of Aerosmith were in Wayne’s World.

Today’s list of the day celebrates the greatest moments in musicians gracing the silver screen. What are your favorite moments of bands randomly showing up in a film? You can vote for the ones you like the most on the list itself. Word up.

The Greatest Band Cameos in Movie History

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The Get Better Clarence Clemons List of the Day

This week, Clarence Clemons (saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) suffered a stroke in his home. He is thankfully in stable condition, but still in the hospital. We all wish him and his family the best.

Clarence Clemons Moments

But we aren’t the only ones, of course, as he’s one of the greatest sax players in the industry and has a lot of friends in high places. 

Bruce Springsteen had the following to say: 

By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke. While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again. He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family.

I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern. This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.

— Bruce Springsteen

And since Clemons recently played saxophone on Lady Gaga’s new album, she decided to say “get better” like only she can. With her social media power, she had dozens and dozens of fans make “Get Well” videos for him, which are all actually really, really sweet. She put the best ones together and introduced them in this video (say what you will about Lady Gaga and her fans, but they’re all insanely nice and good-hearted people):

And friend of Ranker.com Vince Hans has gone ahead and made an apt, amazing and accurate tribute/get well list of the Top 25 Clarence Clemons Moments from Bruce Springsteen Songs including (of course) the sax solo from Born to Run. Enjoy the list, and enjoy his work. 

Get better, Clarence!

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The List of the Day is Playing at My House

Uh, my haussss…

Sorry, forgot I was blogging for a second there. Today’s List of the Day comes to us from Beau Iverson, who has gone ahead and chosen the 25 Most Influential Artists in Electronic Music. Plus it’s VoteRanked, so your votes help to determine the order of the list. Feel like Art of Noise isn’t getting their due and propers? Vote ‘em up! Can’t believe relatively recent French phenomenon JUSTICE are being considered side-by-side with godfathers of the genre like Brian Eno? Vote ‘em down! (But don’t tell them we said that…they seem kind of intense and we at Ranker don’t need any problems from any French electronic duos.)

JUSTICE, I’m sorry.

No matter your musical tastes, we’re sure to have a few similarly detailed lists on Ranker about one of your favorite genres in our massive Music category. And if we don’t, because you’re into some new offshoot of metalcore invented by 2 guys from Astoria and we just haven’t heard about it yet, go ahead and make a list about it and show off your superior knowledge. How else are you supposed to obtain that valuable hipster cred?

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Just Like Tom Thumb's List of the Day

Happy 70th birthday to living legend Bob Dylan! In honor of Mr. Zimmerman’s ridiculously epic career in music and, yes, film (you guys haven’t seen “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid?!?!?”), our List of the Day is a collection of 30 of Bob Dylan’s most humorous, deadpan, cynical and insightful quotes and lyrics.

Bob Dylan

We also threw some of our favorite Dylan videos, images and songs on there, just to keep things lively. As Bob would say…well, I’m sure he’d say something, but it would probably be kind of tricky to figure out exactly what it was.

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Put Your Paws Up! It's Our List of the Day!

Pop sensation Lady Gaga is selling her new album, “Born This Way,” today for just $0.99 on Amazon!

In celebration (is that the right word?), we’re taking a lovingly terrified look back at the various, increasingly bold fashion choices of Ms. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Our Lady Gaga Fashion List boasts an exhaustive gallery of photographs of Mother Monster in her natural element. Hope you all like goofy hats…

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