If you are born sometime between late-1980s and 2000s, there’s a 99.99% chance that Max Martin wrote the soundtrack to your life—you just didn’t know it’s him. Be it Britney Spears, P!nk, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift, Max is the producer/writer behind some of the most beloved hits from every major pop artists in the last 20 years.
In fact, Max’s impact in the industry is second only to the Beatles’ team. With Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off debuting at #1 on U.S. chart this week, Max has earned his 18th #1 and 50th Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100. Beatles’ Lennon-McCartney writing duo is the only one with more #1. On the production front, only George Martin (whom produced Beatles’ work) has more #1 hits.
The impressive thing is… Max is not just a hit-making factory whose hits are forgotten the next year. Nope—he made honest-to-goodness career-defining hits for these ubiquitous pop stars.
Still not convinced? Join me in the nostalgic trip through Max’s discography to relive our generation’s biggest anthems together. Here are the Top 10 ways Max Martin made our childhood, rebelled with us through our angsty teenage years and helped us transition into full-fledged adulthood: Read more…