Covers Friday: Bruno Mars, ‘That’s What I Like’
Covers Friday: Watch various YouTube personalities and musicians cover Bruno Mars hit single, “That’s What I Like.”
Bruno Mars is one of pop’s brightest stars in modern times, period. Mars successfully balances being hip yet keeping the spirit of past alive and well in his music. 24K Magic is a terrific album through and through. Among its best moments is single “That’s What I Like,” which has widespread appeal to pop and urban audiences alike. Given the popularity of Mars and the record specifically, numerous artists have covered the song. This list features a couple of musicians, all YouTubers, covering the gem. A couple of performances have been highlighted, while a crop of other terrific performances is listed for you listening and viewing pleasure.
1. RollUpHills & Roomie
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like – Loop Cover by ROLLUPHILLS & Roomie
(April 4, 2017)
Simply put, RollUpHills and Roomie make magic when they collaborate. This cover of “That’s What I Like” is nothing short of magical. At the conclusion of the song, for good measure, they incorporate a little “Cotton Eyed Joe” into the mix. As overused as the word swag is, incorporating “Cotton Eyed Joe” into “That’s What I Like” can definitely be characterized as some mad swag.
2. Alex Aiono
Thats What I Like and Location by Bruno Mars and Khalid | Alex Aiono Mashup
(March 21, 2017)
Burgeoning pop artist Alex Aiono hasn’t “worked the middle” too much to drop more awesome covers. As always, Alex puts in work as he tackles “That’s What I Like.” For good measure, he throws in continually ascending R&B hit, “Location” by Khalid. Clearly, Aiono possesses the full package: the voice, the swagger, and of course, pop star looks.
3. TheSamTsui & Jason Pitts
That’s What I Like (Bruno Mars) Acoustic Cover – Sam Tsui & Jason Pitts
(March 7, 2017)
Little needs to be said about Sam Tsui – he’s been dropping hot covers for years on YouTube. Once more, he strikes gold with “That’s What I Like,” showcasing his flawless, pitch-perfect pipes. What stands out most about Tsui? His tone. Shout out to Jason Pitts for his acoustic guitar accompaniment skills.
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars (Joseph Vincent Cover) (March 1, 2017)
Joseph Vincent delivers a sound take on “That’s What I Like,” accompanying himself on electric guitar. Vincent’s vibe is cooler and more mellow than Mars’, providing a solid contrast. A sound vocal performance without being incredibly flashy, Vincent surprises at the end when he unleashes dead-on falsetto. Killer good. Yet another talented musician ladies and gents, without question.
5. RAJIV DHALL
BRUNO MARS – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE (Rajiv Dhall cover)
(March 2, 2017)
What is the best way to describe Rajiv Dhall’s cover of “That’s What I Like?” It’s dripping in swagger, as cliché as that might sound. Dhall delivers an enthusiastic, impassioned take that suits his vocals perfectly. At only 2:26, it’s too bad Dhall didn’t give us even more of the song to salivate over.
More Terrific Covers of “That’s What I Like”
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars (Ericka Guitron Cover)
(February 11, 2017)
That’s What I Like (Bruno Mars) Cover – Ruth Anna
(March 29, 2017)
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like (Alika, Barsena, Adjani, and Karin Cover)
(March 21, 2017)
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars (Cover)
(March 12, 2017)
10. Austin Holmes
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars (Austin Holmes Cover)
(December 28, 2016)
11. Desmond Amos
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like (One Man Band Cover) by Desmond Amos
(April 4, 2017)