Max Martin Scores 18th No. 1 On Billboard Hot 100
The co-writer and co-producer of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' increases his impressive tally of leaders.
As a songwriter, "Shake" is Martin's 18th No. 1, placing him in third place among writers with the most leaders in the Hot 100's 56-year history. He ranks behind only Paul McCartney, with 32 No. 1s, and John Lennon (26). Martin breaks out of a tie with Mariah Carey (17) for sole possession of the third-most No. 1s among writers.
Martin (real name: Martin Sandberg) first ruled the Hot 100 as a writer (and producer) of Britney Spears' "…Baby One More Time," which led for two weeks beginning on Jan. 30, 1999.
He co-wrote "Shake" with Shellback (real name: Karl Schuster) and Swift. Martin and Shellback co-produced the track.
"Shake" is also Martin's 16th No. 1 as a producer, ranking him in a four-way tie for the second-most No. 1s among producers in Hot 100 history. Joining him with 16 No. 1s each are Jimmy Jam, Dr. Luke and Terry Lewis. The producer with the most No. 1s in chart history is George Martin, with 23. Martin produced 19 of the Beatles' 20 No. 1s (the most leaders among artists).
"Shake" also marks Martin's milestone 50th Hot 100 top 10 as a writer.
In honor of his latest coronation, here's a recap of Martin's 18 Hot 100 No. 1s as a writer. His first, Britney Spears' "…Baby," is his only No. 1 that he solely wrote and produced. He wrote all his other No. 1s in collaboration with others. (Of his leaders, only 'N Sync's "It's Gonna Be Me" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" were not also produced by Martin.)
Impressively, 16 of Martin's 18 No. 1s have reigned in just the last six years.
Britney Spears, "…Baby One More Time," 1999
'N Sync, "It's Gonna Be Me," 2000
Katy Perry, "I Kissed a Girl," 2008
P!nk, "So What," 2008
Kelly Clarkson, "My Life Would Suck Without You," 2009
Britney Spears, "3," 2009
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls," 2010
Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream," 2010
P!nk, "Raise Your Glass,"2010
Britney Spears, "Hold It Against Me," 2011
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T.," 2011
Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," 2011
Katy Perry, "Part of Me," 2012
Maroon 5, "One More Night," 2012
Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," 2012
Katy Perry, "Roar," 2013
Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse," 2014
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off," 2014