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Why is Uptown Funk still so popular? Jeff Miers knows

Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” is the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 song of the current decade. The tune is still in the iTunes top 20, some seven months after its initial release.

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What’s behind the tune’s longevity? Here are five possible explanations.

1) Bruno Mars

Mars and Ronson have a proven track record as hit-makers, including the massive “Locked Out Of Heaven.” This is Mars at his soulful best.

2) The Minneapolis sound

Prince and Morris Day & the Time – the influence is all over “Uptown Funk.”

3) Killer production

Ronson – whether working with Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, or on his own projects – knows how walk the tightrope between inspiration and execution. “Uptown Funk” is beautifully recorded, and sounds like it was created by actual human beings.

4) Marcus Miller

Ronson was smart enough to tap the funkiest bass player currently working, and doing so paid serious dividends.

5) Earth Wind & Fire

There is some confusion over who the horn section is here – it’s either members of Antibalas, or the horn section from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Either way, the horns sound like Earth Wind & Fire. That’s a good thing.

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