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The Guy Who Wrote The New Taylor Swift Song And "...Baby One More Time" Has A Lot Of Hits

Swedish songwriter Max Martin has written or co-written 14 songs for Britney Spears, N Sync, Katy Perry, Pink and Taylor Swift that have gone No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Only six songwriters have written more, and two of them are Beatles.

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Max Martin (real name Martin Karl Sandberg) started writing songs for other artists after he left his band It's Alive. He wrote songs for Ace of Base, Backstreet Boys and Robyn, and he eventually penned a tune called "...Baby One More Time." The song was turned down by Backstreet Boys and TLC before being recorded by a newly-signed 16-year-old named Britney Spears. It became his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 January 1999.

The following year, Martin co-wrote "It's Gonna Be Me" for N Sync which also went No. 1. He had to wait eight years for his third No. 1, Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl," but since 2008, Martin has averaged two-and-a-half No. 1 hits a year.

Only six songwriters have written more No. 1 hits than Martin. Paul McCartney holds the record with 32, followed by John Lennon with 26, Mariah Carey with 17, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees with 16, and Brian Holland ("Please Mr. Postman" and "Stop! In The Name Of Love") and Sean Garrett ("Yeah!" and "Goodies") with 15.

1. "...Baby One More Time" — Britney Spears

1999: Max and Britney's first No. 1, and the first No. 1 to start with an elipsis.Written by Max Martin.
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1999: Max and Britney's first No. 1, and the first No. 1 to start with an elipsis.

Written by Max Martin.

2. "It's Gonna Be Me" — N Sync

2000: Surprisingly, it's the only millennial teen pop song by a boy band to go No. 1.Written by Max Martin, Andreas Carlsson and Rami Yacoub.
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2000: Surprisingly, it's the only millennial teen pop song by a boy band to go No. 1.

Written by Max Martin, Andreas Carlsson and Rami Yacoub.

3. "I Kissed A Girl" — Katy Perry

2008: Could Katy Perry have even happened without Max Martin?Written by Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin and Cathy Dennis.

2008: Could Katy Perry have even happened without Max Martin?

Written by Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin and Cathy Dennis.

4. "So What" — Pink

2008: A pop song about being a rock star. So what?Written by Pink, Max Martin and Shellback.

2008: A pop song about being a rock star. So what?

Written by Pink, Max Martin and Shellback.

5. "My Life Would Suck Without You" — Kelly Clarkson

2009: This wasn't the first time Max Martin had written a song for Kelly Clarkson. He also worked on a number called "Since U Been Gone." Heard of it? Unfortunately, it was stuck behind 50 Cent's classic "Candy Shop" and only peaked at No. 2.Written by Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald and Claude Kelly.

2009: This wasn't the first time Max Martin had written a song for Kelly Clarkson. He also worked on a number called "Since U Been Gone." Heard of it? Unfortunately, it was stuck behind 50 Cent's classic "Candy Shop" and only peaked at No. 2.

Written by Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald and Claude Kelly.

6. "3" — Britney Spears

2009: Britney's 3rd No. 1 was also the first song to debut at No. 1 in three years.Written by Max Martin, Shellback and Tiffany Amber.

2009: Britney's 3rd No. 1 was also the first song to debut at No. 1 in three years.

Written by Max Martin, Shellback and Tiffany Amber.

7. "California Gurls" — Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg

2010: Psssst, you guys spelled the word "girls" wrong.Written by Katy Perry, Calvin Broadus, Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald and Bonnie McKee.

2010: Psssst, you guys spelled the word "girls" wrong.

Written by Katy Perry, Calvin Broadus, Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald and Bonnie McKee.

8. "Teenage Dream" — Katy Perry

2010: Yes, he wrote a lot of songs for Katy Perry.Written by Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Benjamin Levin and Bonnie McKee.

2010: Yes, he wrote a lot of songs for Katy Perry.

Written by Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Benjamin Levin and Bonnie McKee.

9. "Raise Your Glass" — Pink

2010: And Pink.Written by Pink, Max Martin and Shellback.

2010: And Pink.

Written by Pink, Max Martin and Shellback.

10. "Hold It Against Me" — Britney Spears

2011: And Britney.Written by Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, Bonnie McKee and Mathieu Jomphe.

2011: And Britney.

Written by Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, Bonnie McKee and Mathieu Jomphe.

11. "E.T." — Katy Perry feat. Kanye West

2011: OK, we get it, you like writing for Katy Perry.Written by Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin and Joshua Coleman.

2011: OK, we get it, you like writing for Katy Perry.

Written by Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin and Joshua Coleman.

12. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" — Katy Perry

2011: Alright, stop.Written by Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin and Bonnie McKee.

2011: Alright, stop.

Written by Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin and Bonnie McKee.

13. "Part Of Me" — Katy Perry

2012: Seriously, stop it.Written by Katy Perry, Bonnie McKee, Lukasz Gottwald and Max Martin.

2012: Seriously, stop it.

Written by Katy Perry, Bonnie McKee, Lukasz Gottwald and Max Martin.

14. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" — Taylor Swift

2012: Taylor Swift has written a handful of big hits before ("You Belong With Me" and "Today Was A Fairytale" went No. 2), but of course, she it took a Max Martin song before she could snag her first chart topper.Written by Taylor Swift, Max Martin and Shellback.

2012: Taylor Swift has written a handful of big hits before ("You Belong With Me" and "Today Was A Fairytale" went No. 2), but of course, she it took a Max Martin song before she could snag her first chart topper.

Written by Taylor Swift, Max Martin and Shellback.

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