If you spend a little time on your favorite artists’ Wikipedia page, you might be surprised to see many of the same names popping up when you look at who helped write some of their biggest hits. “Good For You”, “Hands To Myself”, and “Slow Down”? All Selena Gomez songs… and all co-written by Julia Michaels. “Lucky Strike”, “Love Somebody”, and “Maps”? All Maroon 5 songs… and all co-written by Ryan Tedder.
If I had to choose five songwriters that I thought were the best of my generation, it would be Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels, Ryan Tedder, Max Martin, and Sia (in no specific order). If you look back the past few years, these five hit-makers have DOMINATED the charts. If you enlist any one of them to work on your song, it’s the closest thing to a guaranteed hit that money can buy.
Sia’s songwriting discography includes hits like Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You”, Katy Perry’s “Chained To The Rhythm”, Camila Cabello’s “Crying In The Club”, and “Perfume” by Britney Spears. Like many pop songwriters, Sia initially gave chart-toppers to OTHER artists until she made a name for herself, then decided to keep some of those perfectly written pop bops all to herself.
— Mike Adam (@MikeAdamOnAir) May 1, 2017
Max Martin is the odd man out here. He’s written for EVERYONE… from NSYNC to Taylor Swift, but never decided to go the artist route himself (like Sia or Julia Michaels). But hey, maybe just focusing on one thing isn’t such a bad idea. He’s absolutely perfected his craft, and has the awards to prove it. Max has won the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award TEN TIMES… the most of any songwriter.
Regardless of which writer out of the ones I mention is your favorite, collectively, their talent and consistency is undeniable. I know this is one of those topics where each person probably has a slightly different ‘top five list’, so please, tweet me @MikeAdamOnAir and let me know your thoughts!