No pop historian in the business right now is as successful at reinventing top 40's past as Bruno Mars. Since his emergence, the singer-songwriter has displayed the ability to capture the essence of what made so many of the greats' music timeless, making him one of the most consistently popular artists of his era.
That trend should only continue with Bruno Mars' latest album, 24K Magic, released Friday (Nov. 18), which pays homage to any number of pop performers from his canon, in winking tributes that still keep one foot (or at least a couple of toes) in the present.
Here's a track-by-track guide to 24K Magic. Once you've fallen under its spell, check out some of the older songs that likely helped influence Mars' latest gem.