7 Songs You Didn't Know Tove Lo Wrote

Patrick Crowley
Tove Lo

The "Cool Girl" has helped pen tracks for Nick Jonas, Hilary Duff & Ellie Goulding -- to name a few.

While Tove Lo has been carving a name for herself in the pop music world, she's quietly becoming the songwriter du jour.

With writing credits throughout her entire discography, it's hardly a surprise. Her raw, unapologetic image is largely a product of her idiosyncratic, uninhibited writing style, and hitmakers will undoubtedly want a piece. Take a look at Tove's incredible track record thus far:

1. Girls Aloud, “Something New”
In 2012, two years before she released her breakthrough hit “Habits,” Tove Lo (credited as Tove Nilsson) helped pen this track. It served as the girl band’s comeback hit, debuting at No. 2 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart. She was also enlisted to help write “What Are You Waiting For,” for The Saturdays -- another European girl group. The single didn’t fare as well, peaking at No. 38 on the U.K. chart.

2. Icona Pop, “We Got the World”
​Tove wrote with these fellow Swedes on more than one occasion, including the tracks “Ready for the Weekend” and “Light Me Up.” Their most successful collaboration, “We Got the World,” served as the theme song for the MTV talk show Nikki & Sara Live. The song was covered by Anna Kendrick during the opening medley of Pitch Perfect 2.

3. Victoria Justice, “Gold”
Following in her Victorious co-star Ariana Grande’s footsteps, Justice released “Gold” as her first proper single. It was co-written by Tove and saw Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes as her hunky love interest in the song’s music video.

4. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”
The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack cut reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her biggest hit as a songwriter in the U.S.

5. Hilary Duff, “Sparks”
The Younger star’s song charted on the Hot 100 (No. 93) and the Dance Club Songs chart (No.6). The first iteration of the music video featured documentary-style footage of the former Disney starlet chronicling her experiences on Tinder dates. After fan backlash, the video was re-released without the Tinder portions, taking the form of a traditional music video.

6. Nick Jonas, “Close” (featuring Tove Lo)
​Tove didn’t just lend her vocals for her duets with Jonas, Adam Lambert (“Rumors”), MS MR (“Pieces”) and Alesso (“Heroes”); she also helped write them. Her Jonas collab peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100. Jonas included the song on his set list for the Future Now Tour, with tourmate Demi Lovato filling in Tove’s part.

7. Years & Years, “Desire” (featuring Tove Lo)
​Tove added vocals and new lyrics to the synth-pop track’s re-release. To celebrate, the band filmed a second video. Tove doesn't appear in the clip, which cumulates in a passionate, underground orgy.


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