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Ask Billboard: Max Martin Has Written How Many Hot 100 Top 10s?!

The master pop tunesmith continues his dominance with The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face," his latest hit in a run that began in 1997 and has yet to slow down.

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Hi Mark,

With The Weeknd topping the Hot 100 dated Aug. 22 with “Can’t Feel My Face,” Martin has notched his 21st No. 1 as a songwriter. In the Hot 100’s 57-year history, only Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26) boast more leaders as writers.

To repeat: he trails only Paul McCartney and John Lennon for having written the most No. 1 hits.


Expanding our scope to the Hot 100’s top 10, Martin’s sum swells to … an astonishing 58 top 10s on which he’s credited as a writer. While it’s not an all-time record (yet; McCartney boasts more), Martin is the unquestioned leader among writers for most top 10s since 1997, when he posted his first. In that span, his protégé Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald ranks second with 39 top 10s as a writer. (And, The Weeknd’s “Face” is Martin’s 19th Hot 100 No. 1 as a producer, but for the purposes of this “Ask Billboard,” we’ll focus on Martin’s songwriting history.)

Let’s run down the complete list of Martin’s top 10s as a writer, one that reads as a playlist of some of the most infectious pure-pop hits of the last two decades.

Max Martin’s 58 Hot 100 Top 10s as a Songwriter

Peak Pos., Title, Artist, Peak Date
No. 7, “Do You Know (What It Takes),” Robyn, 8/2/1997
No. 2, “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” Backstreet Boys, 9/6/1997
No. 7, “Show Me Love,” Robyn, 11/29/1997

No. 4, “Everybody [Backstreet’s Back],” Backstreet Boys, 5/9/1998

No. 1 (two weeks), “…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears, 1/30/1999
No. 6, “I Want It That Way,” Backstreet Boys, 6/26/1999
No. 10, “(You Drive Me) Crazy,” Britney Spears, 11/13/1999

No. 6, “That’s the Way It Is,” Celine Dion, 3/4/2000
No. 6, “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely,” Backstreet Boys, 3/18/2000
No. 9, “Oops!…I Did It Again,” Britney Spears, 6/10/2000
No. 1 (two weeks), “It’s Gonna Be Me,” ‘N Sync, 7/29/2000
No. 9, “Shape of My Heart,” Backstreet Boys, 12/2/2000

No. 2, “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson, 4/9/05
No. 6, “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” Kelly Clarkson, 6/11/05

No. 9, “U + Ur Hand,” P!nk, 5/5/2007
No. 9, “Who Knew,” P!nk, 9/29/2007

No. 3, “Hot N Cold,” Katy Perry, 1/22/2008
No. 1 (seven weeks), “I Kissed a Girl,” Katy Perry, 7/5/2008
No. 1 (one week), “So What,” P!nk, 9/27/2008

No. 1 (two weeks), “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Kelly Clarkson, 2/7/2009
No. 1 (one week), “3,” Britney Spears, 10/24/2009

No. 10, “Whataya Want From Me,” Adam Lambert, 5/1/2010
No. 1, “California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, 6/19/2010
No. 2, “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz, 8/21/2010
No. 1 (two weeks), “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry, 9/18/2010
No. 4, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” Usher feat. Pitbull, 10/9/2010
No. 8, “Teenage Dream,” Glee Cast, 11/27/2010
No. 1 (one week), “Raise Your Glass,” P!nk, 12/11/2010

No. 1 (one week), “Hold It Against Me,” Britney Spears, 1/29/2011
No. 2, “F**kin’ Perfect,” P!nk, 2/12/2011
No. 7, “Blow,” Ke$ha, 3/19/2011
No. 6, “Loser Like Me,” Glee Cast, 4/2/2011
No. 1 (five weeks), “E.T.,” Katy Perry feat. Kanye West, 4/9/2011
No. 3, “Till the World Ends,” Britney Spears, 5/14/2011
No. 7, “I Wanna Go,” Britney Spears, 8/20/2011

No. 1 (two weeks), “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry, 8/27/2011

No. 3, “The One That Got Away,” Katy Perry, 1/7/2012
No. 6, “Domino,” Jessie J, 2/18/2012
No. 1 (one week), “Part of Me,” Katy Perry, 3/3/2012
No. 9, “Scream,” Usher, 8/4/2012
No. 2, “Wide Awake,” Katy Perry, 8/11/2012
No. 1 (three weeks), “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift, 9/1/2012
No. 1 (nine weeks), “One More Night,” Maroon 5, 9/29/2012

No. 5, “Beauty and a Beat,” Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj, 1/5/2013
No. 2, “I Knew You Were Trouble.,” Taylor Swift, 1/12/2013
No. 7, “Daylight,” Maroon 5, 2/23/2013
No. 1 (two weeks), “Roar,” Katy Perry, 9/14/2013

No. 1 (four weeks), “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, 2/8/2014
No. 2, “Problem,” Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, 6/7/2014
No. 4, “Break Free,” Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, 8/30/2014
No. 1 (four weeks), “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift, 9/6/2014
No. 3, “Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, 10/4/2014
No. 7, “Love Me Harder,” Ariana Grande & The Weeknd, 11/22/2014
No. 1 (seven weeks), “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift, 11/29/2014

No. 3, “Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding, 3/7/2015
No. 6, “Style,” Taylor Swift, 3/21/2015
No. 1 (one week), “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, 6/6/2015

No. 1 (one week to-date), “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd, 8/22/2015

The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ Gives Max Martin His 21st No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Martin has, literally, rewritten the sound of pop music like no one else since the mid-’90s, first helping start the wave of Backstreet Boys/Britney Spears/’N Sync that brought mainstream pop back after grunge and hip-hop had taken over much of the decade. (Not on the list above, but two other hits of his: Backstreet Boys’ “As Long as You Love Me” and ‘N Sync’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” which reached Nos. 4 and 6, respectively, on Pop Songs in 1998 but did not chart on the Hot 100 during their peaks of popularity, as they were not commercially-available singles and, thus, ineligible to chart on the Hot 100, per rules at the time; “Heart” only charted, reaching No. 59, on the Hot 100 once airplay-only songs were eligible for inclusion as of Dec. 5, 1998.)

In 2002, along came American Idol and, three years later, Martin hit with two songs by original Idol queen Kelly Clarkson, including “Since U Been Gone,” which is often cited as a key track that gave pop the stronghold at top 40 radio that it’s had ever since (and after hip-hop had regained pop radio prominence in the early-to-mid-’00s).

Martin’s been unstoppable since, helping Clarkson, Katy Perry and P!nk to more hits, and guiding acts like Maroon 5, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift to pop’s center lane after they’d previous established themselves with rock, rhythmic and country sounds, respectively. And, now, after starting at R&B, The Weeknd, too.

The artists with the most Hot 100 top 10s that Martin has had a hand in writing? Perry (11), Spears (seven), Swift (six), Backstreet Boys and P!nk (five each).

Meanwhile, Martin could soon add his 59th Hot 100 top 10 as a writer: Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer,” which has so far heated up to a No. 19 peak.

Another could be on the way, too: Swift’s next single, “Wildest Dreams.”

Eighteen years after notching his first Hot 100 top 10, for Robyn, Martin, when it comes to writing hits, clearly still knows what it takes.