The song is Bruno Mars’ second official single from his debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Critical reception has been mostly positive, with reviewers praising the vocals and emotional lyrics of the heartbreak song.
Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt called “Grenade” the “atmospheric opener” of Mars’ debut studio album, and enjoyed it as one of the album’s highlights. Roberto Mucciacciaro for MTV noted its strong influence and similarity to Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana”, a song which Mars has coincidentally covered on several occasions. AOL Radio’s Amar Toor praised the song, calling it “nothing short of explosive.”
It has peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and within the top ten in three other countries.
Watch the music video of “Grenade” here: