The people behind 10 of your favorite songs just so happen to be other famous people!
Back before Miley Cyrus was a bleach-blonde tongue-wagging twerker, she was the Disney-approved darling with the addicting hit song “Party in the USA.” Ironically, not only is this song not by Miley Cyrus, but written by Jessie J.—who just so happens to be British. A fantastic popstar in her own right, Jessie J. has sold over 20 million singles and 3 million albums worldwide. She’s also credited for songs performed Chris Brown, Little Mix, and more.
Given that this song is easily Cee Lo Green’s most recognizable tune and was one of the most popular songs of its year, I can only image that Bruno Mars might have changed the lyrics had he known how successful it would be. Maybe: “I see you singin’ ’round town with the song I wrote / and I’m like, ‘Fuck you!'” Just a thought…
I won’t lie, Purpose is easily Justin Bieber’s best album. It was originally released as a single on November 9, 2015. Not only is the song much deeper than Bieber’s usual pop, the accompanying video is incredibly moving—which is undoubtedly due, in part, to the fact that Ed Sheeran helped write the tune. When the song hit number one, Bieber became the 12th artist in history to exceed himself on the Billboard Hot 100’s chart. Now that’s something to love about yourself.
This find was especially surprising for me because I was in middle school when “Breakaway” was released. Now that I know the Canadian behind “Sk8er Boi” is the real writer of this sorrowful ballad, I can’t help but imagine a more pop-punk version of the tune that could have been.
I stand by the fact the Queen Bey is irreplaceable, but apparently Ne-Yo isn’t. Already famous artist in 2006, it’s surprising that the R&B soloist didn’t keep this chart-topper for himself, but, then again, he’s probably in Beyoncé’s good graces now. And who wouldn’t want that?
You’d be surprised to know that Sia is behind dozens of pop hits, which makes sense given how much she hates being a celebrity. Sia’s been quite outspoken about her feelings about being in the public eye and, no, her face-hiding ensembles aren’t for attention—she really doesn’t want to be recognized. She just loves making music, which, given much of the music these days, is an exceptional quality.
Just another thing to add to the list of little things: Everyone’s favorite redhead helped pen this bad boy, too. He’s popping up all over this list, and, the more I think about it, the more sense it makes. You can hear his style in each one of these tunes, whether it’s the lyrics, the melody, or the acoustic sound.
The irony in this song is kind of funny given that Sia wrote this one. Maybe she’s telling Ne-Yo that she’ll love him until he learns to love himself just like he, in turn, finds Beyoncé “Irreplaceable.”
This one I find particularly interesting. I knew Harry Styles wrote music, but I definitely didn’t picture a song for pint-sized pop princess Ariana Grande. The lyrics are incredibly telling—especially for all the flack Taylor Swift gets for her songs.
Brits helping Brits with this one. Ed Sheeran helped pen “Over Again” from 1D’s 2012 album Take Me Home. This one’s not as surprising as “Love Yourself” because Ed hangs with One Direction all the time. Now if only one of them could explain to me what “hole in the middle of heart like a polo” means…