Every Pop Song You've Ever Loved Was Created by This One Man
From " Baby One More Time" to "Bad Blood," we've rounded up all 20 of super producer Max Martin's No. 1 singles
Every pop star out there knows that if they want their song to be a hit, all they need to do is call Max Martin.
The Swedish super-producer behind some of the biggest and most iconic pop songs of all time recently earned his 20th No. 1 single when Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Martin’s achievement might be a big deal – he’s now in third place among songwriters with No. 1 songs, behind Paul McCartney and John Lennon – but his real impact is on pop culture and karaoke nights everywhere. He’s the mastermind behind every song you sing in the shower and every earworm that’s filled your car over the past 15 years.
Don’t believe us? Check out all 20 of his top-charting singles:
Britney Spears, " Baby One More Time," 1999
If you only take on thing away from this post, it’s that you have Martin to thank for the songs that defined your childhood.
‘NSYNC, "It’s Gonna Be Me," 2000
Martin actually spent more time collaborating with the Backstreet Boys, but ‘NSYNC was the first boy band to earn him a No. 1 single. Awkward.
Katy Perry, "I Kissed a Girl," 2008
Perry and Martin are pop music’s dream team – eight of the songs they’ve written together have reached No. 1 and two others reached the Billboard Top Ten.
Pink, "So What," 2008
Well, that explains why we had nothing but Pink stuck in our heads for all of 2008.
Kelly Clarkson, "My Life Would Suck Without You," 2009
Martin also worked with Clarkson on her hits “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and everyone’s favorite karaoke song, “Since You’ve Been Gone.”
Britney Spears, "3," 2009
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls," 2010
Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream," 2010
That was the year that every single radio station played nothing but Katy Perry for 12 months straight.
Pink, "Raise Your Glass," 2010
Don’t lie – you still know all of the words to this one.
Britney Spears, "Hold It Against Me," 2011
Hopefully Martin and Spears will get back into the studio for her new album, and then her comeback will finally be complete.
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T.," 2011
The other takeaway from this article is that Perry + Martin = piles and piles of hit records.
Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," 2011
Katy Perry, "Part of Me," 2012
Do you think they each have an extra house for all of their awards?
Maroon 5, "One More Night," 2012
Forget the “Moves Like Jagger” – what you really need for musical supremacy are the songs like Martin.
Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," 2012
In retrospect, we really should have seen Swift’s pop star phase coming back then.
Katy Perry, "Roar," 2013
If Perry and Martin write a song together and it doesn’t shoot up the charts did it ever really exist?
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, "Dark Horse," 2014
Have they ever even tried to write a song that will flop? Are they just incapable of doing so? Is that their superpower?
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off," 2014
The players are gonna play, play, play and Martin and Swift are gonna dominate -ate – ate.
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space," 2014
It took 54 hit singles for Martin to finally win a Grammy, but he did in 2015 for Producer of the Year. We think working with Swift probably helped.
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood," 2015
And in this case, it was the cast of superstars and supermodels that definitely helped.