December 2016

Modern Band: Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”

Here you’ll find the materials you need to play the Modern Band arrangement of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”

National Standards: 2-7

Scroll down to download lead sheets for your Modern Band ensemble. Click here for a guide on how to read the chart notation for each instrument.

As a No. 1 hit on Billboard for 14 weeks and sales of over 10 million copies, “Uptown Funk” was one of the biggest hits of 2014 and ranks among the biggest singles of all time. You probably know the song’s singer Bruno Mars for his vocals on the track as well as his hits “Just the Way You Are,” “Treasure,” and most recently, “24K Magic.” Mars may be the face of the song, but the song’s primary credit is someone you may not know: co-writer and producer Mark Ronson, who’s also worked with Adele, Lil Wayne, Paul McCartney, and Christina Aguilera.

“Uptown Funk” is heavily influenced by 1970s funk, best shown in its outspoken bass line, syncopated horn parts, and high-pitched rhythm guitar played with quick upstrokes. 1970s group the Gap Band found it to be so heavily influenced, in fact, that they sued Ronson, Mars, and “Uptown Funk”‘s four other writers for copyright infringement on their song “Oops! Upside Your Head.” Settled outside of court between the writers of the two songs, the case resulted in an agreement that the Gap Band’s writers would be credited on “Uptown Funk.” Can you hear the similarities between the two songs?

Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk” ft. Bruno Mars

The Gap Band – “Oops! Upside Your Head”

Click on the thumbnail images below for basic “Uptown Funk” chord charts.

Full Modern Band