Friday, June 24, 2016

The Top 5 Music Producers/Composers In The World

So for any hit song you hear on TV, the radio, or Spotify (I was just getting used to ITunes, I feel like a dinosaur) there is a 99.9999999% chance that Max Martin had something to do with it (this is an exaggeration due to my flair for the dramatic, don't mind me).

If you immerse yourself in music culture often then you've probably heard his name pop up once or twice. Martin has written chart topping songs for Katy Perry, P!nk, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Jessie J, Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Fifth Harmony, Adele, Ke$ha, and many (many, many, many) others throughout the years.

He is basically a lyrical mastermind.

But there are other lyrical masterminds in this game as well, that are writing #1 singles daily.
It's insane to think that a lot of the songs you love can all be written by the same person, and that we often times don't know much about the writer.

So here are the top five in the business (not in order because it would just be impossible to decide on who goes where)

Max Martin

You had to see this one coming, right? Well aside from the list of many artists he has worked with here is a bit you probably don't know about Martin. His real name is Martin Karl Sandberg, he is 45 years old, and was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden.

Basically, anybody who's anybody in the industry has worked with Martin but if you've seen him around at events or award shows, you probably didn't know who he was because he tends to keep a fairly low profile (as do most producers and songwriters).


Karl Johan Schuster, a 31 year old commonly known as Shellback is another insanely talented producer and writer. He is probably the person most frequently to work with Max Martin and also happens to be from Sweden (What's in the water over there guys? And can I have some?)

Shellback has worked with almost everyone Martin has, including Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Adele, and Ariana Grande (and much, much more). 

Benny Blanco

I find this one interesting. Benjamin Levin, commonly referred to as Benny Blanco, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer from Virginia. At only 28 years old Blanco has become one of the most sought after producers in the industry and has worked with Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Taio Cruz, Ke$ha, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, and many others, often times alongside Max Martin, Shellback, Mike Posner, Sean Paul, Paul Epworth, Dan Wilson, and Ryan Tedder.

You know how Selena Gomez released Same Old Love and then two months later Justin Bieber released Love Yourself and everyone was thinking they were arguing with each other through song lyrics? 

Well no. Benny Blanco wrote both songs.

Pretty cute right?

Ryan Tedder

Surprisingly, Ryan Tedder does not have a stage name, which seems to be commonplace as a producer. This is probably because the 36 year old Oklahoma native's first and foremost gig is being the lead singer for pop band One Republic

Weird right? Would you have thought the frontman of One Republic would have also written songs for Madonna, U2, Adele, Beyoncé, Birdy, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, One Direction, and many others? Probably not. But this guy is actually pretty talented in a lyrical sense, also just happening to have a pretty good set of vocal chords himself.

Paul Epworth

The 41 year old Hertfordshire, England native is also kind of a big deal
His list of clients include artists such as Adele, Florence and The Machine, Cee Lo Green, Coldplay, Foster The People, U2, Bloc Party (hells yeah), FKA Twigs (double hells yeah), Bruno Mars, Crystal Castles, John Legend, and many more. 

Plus, he kinda just looks like a pretty chill guy.

If I were in my forties I'd totally have a crush on him

So there you have it. 

What I find so amazing about these people is that everyone is constantly giving credit to the faces of the songs (I.E. the artists) who have really only paid someone with lyrical talent to write their material when in reality the only people deserving of credit are the ones above and whoever the artist pays to auto-tune them. 

How weird would it be to have written Halo for Beyoncé or Maps for Maroon 5 but only a small percentage of the public audience even knows who you are? 

So this is my shout out to those people, the real talent of the music industry. 

Keep producing auditory poetry you guys,



P.s. Dr Luke isn't on this list because he's an *sshole

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  1. you forgot about Pharrell... and ryan tedder sucks

    1. Nah I didn't. And he may not be everybody's favourite (not mine personally) but he has written many songs for many artists that have become hits.
      Just my personal top 5, sorry if it offended in any way!

  2. i'm not offended. i just like making fun of ryan tedder. :D