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Updated on 28 Sep 2018. Posted on 12 Sep 2018

16 Singers Who Wrote Mega-Famous Songs For Other Artists

Basically, Sia and Ed Sheeran wrote everything.

1. John Legend wrote "American Boy"

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I knew this track was iconic but I had no idea it was co-written by John Legend...and also will.i.am.

2. Pharrell Williams wrote "Hot In Herre"

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I lowkey forgot all about Nelly and his bandaid, but I'll never forget this iconic tune.

3. Bebe Rexha wrote "Monster"

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She co-wrote the 2013 song with Eminem and Rihanna, a year before releasing any of her own music.

4. Sia wrote "Diamonds"

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Sia's actually written and co-written a ton of iconic pop songs, like Camila Cabello's "Crying in the Club", Britney Spears' "Perfume", Beyoncé's "Pretty Hurts" and Katy Perry's "Chained To The Rhythm".

5. Jessie J wrote "Party In The USA"

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Jessie was originally going to record it, but it was decided that it wasn't "edgy" enough for her. IDK how a Brit was going to sing about Nashville parties but oh well.

6. Katy Perry wrote "I Do Not Hook Up"

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Katy originally wrote it for her own album, but ended up giving it to Kelly Clarkson when she switched record labels.

7. Bruno Mars wrote "Forget You"

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And remember when Gwyneth Paltrow sang it on Glee? A true pop culture moment.

8. Kesha wrote "Till The World Ends"

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She said about the track: "I’ve never been more proud of anything in my career... It really solidifies me as a songwriter in the pop music world, which is what I consider myself first and foremost."

9. Ne-Yo wrote "Irreplaceable"

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It was originally written as a country song, which is something I really need to hear.

10. P!nk wrote "Whataya Want From Me"

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P!nk wrote it with Max Martin and Shellback for her Funhouse album, but it didn't make the cut.

11. Avril Lavigne wrote "Breakaway"

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It was intended for Avril's album Let Go but didn't quite fit the vibe, so Kelly Clarkson recorded it for the Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack.

12. Christina Milian wrote "Baby"

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Man, whatever happened to Christina Milian?

13. Prince wrote "Nothing Compares 2U"

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It actually featured on an album from Prince's side project band, The Family, in 1985.

14. Jay-Z wrote Bugs Bunny's rap, "Buggin'" from Space Jam

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Featuring the iconic lyrics: "Like Trump's wife, up to my ears in carats (carrots) / Not even the barber can fade the rabbit."

15. Pharrell Williams wrote "Milkshake"

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And it was originally offered to Britney Spears for her In The Zone album.

16. Ed Sheeran wrote "Strip That Down"

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I love the idea of Ed Sheeran sitting down and writing "I used to be in 1D, now I'm free". Ed's also written a bunch of other huge pop songs, like Bieber's "Love Yourself", 1D's "Little Things" and Major Lazer's "Cold Water".