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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.

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.

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.

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.

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