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Most Iconic Songs Written by Max Martin

Pop music has been successful ever since. During the last two decades there’s this songwriter who made a mark in music industry after he had written some of the biggest pop hits during the period. It was no other than this pop genius Mr. Max Martin.

Max is the mastermind in formulating pop hits of Backstreet Boy, NSYNC, Britney Spears, etc. during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He had also produced some dance and rock hits for many artists.

Here’s the twelve list I made which became iconic hits:

Britney Spears- …Baby One More Time
Who can forget this song that introduced Britney to the pop music scene? This song was a staple in music charts worldwide when it reached the summit and opened a way for pop music to dominate the charts during that era.

Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg- California Gurls
Katy Perry just scored her second number through this song. Actually, it’s the second time for Katy Perry to top the charts with co-songwriting with Max Martin.

Taio Cruz- Dynamite
This is one of the most successful EDM songs co-written by Max Martin. In fact, tge song was even more popular than the artist himself. It was a huge selling single when released.

Backstreet Boys- I Want it That Way
This song may had fall short to top the US chart as it only sat at sixth position, it was a worldwide number hit and considered as BSB’s most successful song. The pop hit was very much remembered for its catchy midtempo tune.

Bon Jovi- It’s My Life
Who would’ve thought this song was co-written by Max Martin? I never though he did too. This song helped reintroduced the band which eventually reached the US top 40 and the top ten in other territories.

NSYNC- It’s Gonna Be Me
The song became the boyband’s first number one song by which Max Martin deserved a big credit for creating its lovely tune.

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
Max Martin got sensual as he wrote this track for the erotic film “Fifty Shades of Gray”. The song became one of the most memorable pop songs this 2015 after topping the charts worldwide as well as top 3 placement in the US.

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea- Problem
She may already scored a top ten single but through this song, Ariana became more popular internationally. Thanks to Max Martin who co-penned the song.

Katy Perry- Roar
Katy Perry never forgot Max Martin to work with her in records. Her collaboration with this song brought Katy Perry to a new heights when it became among of her number one hits.

Taylor Swift- Shake it Off
After successful collaboration doing pop songs in her last country album “Red”, she decided to work with Max again for her first ever full-length album. The result? It became a blockbuster album and made Taylor the most influential act this 2015.

Pink- So What
Pink is a self-professed rock star and she worked with pop producer Max Martin to create this song. The song became a worldwide smash as it became her first ever solo chart-topper.

Kelly Clarkson- Since You’ve Been Gone
This song may have been hindered to reach the topspot and settled in top 5 in several countries, but this song became one of the biggest singles in 2005 and contributed to Kelly’s superstardom.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Most Successful Scandinavian Pop Groups

You might not know some hit pop songs you heard were created in Scandinavian region, particularly in Sweden. Even pop stars Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and a lot more recorded their songs in that region and had hits. One of the most notable songwriters and producers there was Max Martin. Apart from songs made in Scandinavia, you may have liked some pop songs from pop groups that were from that region. I have heard a lot of them and I think they are brilliant in making pop music. Here are some of the most notable pop group from Scandinavia:



Who doesn’t know Abba? They may have had hits in the US but success was limited compared to other parts of the world. So far, according to estimates, sales were over 300 million and the most successful song from them was “Dancing Queen”. The group was not the only the biggest band from Sweden but also in the entire Scandinavian region. Prior to international succes, they were already popular in their country, Sweden.



Back when I was still in grade school, I used to hear this group’s song. I have a friend who has their album and play it in our school with his walkman. My cousin also has their album. “The Look” became their breakthrough hit followed by a string of number one singles. Their biggest ballad I think was “It Must Have Been Love” which was a global smash.



This is actually my era when this group topped the charts. Many loved the song “Barbie Girl” even it became controversial due to its lyrics as claimed as sexual. Also, the song received so much criticism but still became a hit. They had multiple hits like “Doctor Jones”, “Turn Back Time” and a lot more. However, their sophomore effort didn’t work like their debut did. The group were the biggest pop group in Denmark ever.


Ace of Base

This four-piece group consists of 2 males and 2 females dominated the charts in early 1990s. If you have liked “The Sign”, then it was their biggest song. If you watched Pitch Perfect, you heard the song several times. They had multiple hits until they went hiatus. Still, their music is remembered and even influenced other artists like Lady Gaga, which she had conformed.