Jessie JP!nkKelly ClarksonKaty Perry
This American anthem was originally meant to be recorded by Jessie J, but was instead covered by Miley because of its playful nature. Jessie J co-wrote it with Dr. Luke (of "Since U Been Gone") and Claude Kelly, and let Miley record it on her 2009 album The Time of Our Lives. Nodding her head like yeah.
Diana RossLionel RichieR. KellyJanet Jackson
R. Kelly, of course.
Before this famous R&B singer was "trapped in the closet," he wrote this Grammy Award nominated song for Michael Jackson's HIStory. R. Kelly also co-produced the tune in 1995, making it one of his proudest projects.
PrinceCyndi LauperBoy GeorgeDebbie Harry
Yes, it's Prince!
Prince originally wrote this song in 1984 for Apollonia 6, a girl group he created in the '80s. However, The Bangles covered it a few years later in 1986, making it their first hit song. An anthem for every person waking up on that dreadful Monday morning.
Glen CampbellDolly PartonLuther VandrossMariah Carey
Dolly Parton, y'all.
Dolly Parton originally wrote and released this song in 1974 for her album, Jolene. It became a widely successful hit when Whitney Houston covered it for The Bodyguard in 1992. Dolly's words, but Whitney's voice, will always leave everyone singing: "I-eeeeee-I, will always lovvvvvveeee you!" forever.
Pharrell WilliamsNe-YoJustin TimberlakeBruno Mars
The hooligan, Bruno Mars!
CeeLo actually co-wrote this legendary single with Bruno Mars back in 2010 for his album The Lady Killer. These two famous musicians also wrote it with Brody Brown, Ari Levine, and Philip Lawrence, giving CeeLo huge success as a solo artist.
Alicia KeysChristina AguileraBeyoncéLana Del Rey
It's a genie in a bottle, bab-ay.
That's right, Christina Aguilera wrote this badass Kelly Clarkson hit along with Rhett Lawrence, Matt Morris, and Clarkson herself. Two powerhouse vocalists writing this empowering 2003 hit is probably one of the coolest things to ever happen. YAY INDEPENDENCE.
Richie HavensGrace SlickBob DylanMick Jagger
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.
Bob Dylan originally wrote this song in 1967 for his album John Wesley Harding, but it didn't become popular until Hendrix recorded it. Dylan's version is very folky, whereas Hendrix gave the song rock flavor with his heavy electric guitar.
Linda RonstadtJohnny CashJoan BaezKris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson, folks.
This country rocker co-wrote this legendary tune with Fred Foster back in 1969. Janis Joplin and Kristofferson were dating around the time she recorded it for her album Pearl, and it became her only number-one single as an artist.
The-DreamMissy ElliottLady GagaKanye West
The-Dream is a wish your heart makes!
Yes, The-Dream actually co-wrote this smash hit with Jay Z, Tricky Stewart, and Thaddiss Harrell. The-Dream is also known for co-writing popular songs like "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Beyoncé and "Baby" by Justin Bieber.
Justin TimberlakeJennifer LopezPharrell WilliamsJanet Jackson
Pharrell, for real.
Yes, before Pharrell wore big hats and made everyone happy, he was a songwriter for many popular artists. He co-wrote "I'm a Slave 4 U" with Chad Hugo, and Britney recorded it for her 2001 album Britney. But everyone mostly remembers her performing it with the luscious snake at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Lou ReedJimi HendrixPatti SmithDavid Bowie
David Bowie wrote this legendary glam rock song for Mott the Hoople in 1972 for their album All the Young Dudes. The band was nearly ready to break up, but Bowie saved them with this anthem of the '70s that essentially dissed the hippie-era.
Otis ReddingCarole KingDusty SpringfieldDionne Warwick
Aw yeah, Carole King!
This legendary songwriter, along with Gerry Goffin and Jerry Wexler, wrote "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" for Aretha back in 1967. It hit the Billboard Hot 100 at number eight, making it one of Aretha's most popular songs of all-time.
Jennifer LopezDaft PunkNe-YoRihanna
Ne-Yo actually co-wrote this number-one hit back in 2011, along with Pitbull and Afrojack. It became Pitbull's first single to ever reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and became an anthem for every night out at the club.