This is Max Martin.
He is a Swedish songwriter and producer who has written or co-written a staggering number of the biggest pop hits of the past two decades. He is the man behind the most popular songs of the late ’90s teen pop boom, and has sustained a career by writing tons of radio smashes with everyone from Katy Perry and Taylor Swift to Bon Jovi and Usher. He’s a true genius of pop, and this is the best of his best.
18. Pink, “U + Ur Hand”
17. Usher featuring Pitbull, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”
16. Ke$ha, “C’mon”
15. Kelly Clarkson, “My Life Would Suck Without You”
14. Britney Spears, “Stronger”
13. NSync, “Tearin’ Up My Heart”
12. Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playin’ Games (With My Heart)”
11. Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
10. Katy Perry, “California Gurls”
9. Ke$ha, “Blow”
8. Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
7. Robyn, “Do You Know (What It Takes)”
6. Britney Spears, “Till the World Ends”
5. Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”
4. Britney Spears, “Oops…I Did It Again”
3. Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone”
2. Britney Spears, “…Baby One More Time”
1. Backstreet Boys, “I Want It That Way”
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