It’s not unusual to see Calvin Harris‘ songs at the top of the charts. The Scottish DJ, producer, singer, songwriter, and remixer has released plenty of hit singles off his four full-length releases, especially since breaking through to the mainstream with 18 and Motion.
His upcoming LP is sure to be another hit machine, but even when he’s not busy working on his own dance mega-anthems and headlining the likes of Billboard Hot 100 Festival, he stays busy writing hits for the rest of ’em. Here’s a list of 5 Calvin Harris songs you may not know he’d produced and written for other artists.
Kylie Minogue – “In My Arms”
Released way before you even know who Harris was in 2007, “In My Arms” is pure synthpop perfection. It was the Australian singer’s second single from the album X and hit the top ten in Romania, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Critics find it to be one of her best. Kudos, Calvin.
Chris Brown – “Yeah x3”
Remember when you couldn’t escape this feel-good sensation in 2011? It charted across 20 countries and embedded itself into the brains of hundreds of thousands of listeners, both willing and unwilling alike. As it turns out, Calvin Harris was a little more unwilling, because while he wasn’t originally credited as a songwriter for “Yeah x3,” he was later amended to be one. That’s because “Yeah x3” sounds a whole helluva lot like Harris’ “I’m Not Alone.” Even when you don’t work directly with Harris, he gets you an instant hit.
Rihanna – “Where Have You Been”
Rihanna has that Harris plug for life, and she used it to its full potential on this 2011 smash. The fifth single from Talk That Talk charted all over the world in an astounding 33 countries. It’s still a certified banger, and the duo continue to work together to climb the charts.
Cheryl – “Call My Name”
If you don’t do a lot of overseas traveling, you may have never heard this Calvin Harris-produced song, but if you partied in Europe the summer of 2012, you most definitely heard this Harris-produced dance floor killer. It’s got 46 million views on YouTube and counting. So, yeah. It’s pretty much a super hit.
Rita Ora – “I Will Never Let You Down”
Any Harris or Ora fan knows the torrid story of the former lovers’ collaboration. Ora had a whole album Harris reportedly wrote, but then they broke up, and it got shelved. At least we got this amazing single before it all went down.