The Surprising Star Writers Behind The Hits

We’ll let you in on a little secret…pop stars don’t always write their hit tracks. We know, it’s a shock. But that doesn’t always mean that your favorite pop song was written by a boardroom full of old guys and a computer. Sometimes, the true story behind the hit is a little more interesting.

Britney Spears/Ke$ha, “Till The World Ends”

Poor Ke$ha gets a bad wrap these days. Though she might appear a little unkempt, the “Tik Tok” star actually has a real knack for writing catchy pop hits. While we’re sure no one was jumping to give Britney credit for this one, very few people realize that Ke$ha was responsible for this huge global hit. Speaking about the songwriting process, Ke$ha said that she wrote “Till The World Ends” while “imaging any female musician touring the world.”

The Bangles/Prince, “Manic Monday”

This 80’s classic may have been made famous by The Bangles, but the purple legend himself was the true genius behind this hit. Prince was responsible for tons of the best songs from the 80’s and 90’s, including Sinead O’Connor’s classic “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You.”

Patti Smith/Bruce Sprinsteen, “Because The Night”

Patti Smith is a great songwriter and poet in her own right, but this track belongs firmly to The Boss. Springsteen wrote this song himself in the seventies, but handed the rights over to his friend Patti Smith in 1978 to make her own. He believed that the tone of Smith’s voice would be better suited to the lyrics.

Beyonce/ Ne-Yo, “Irreplaceable”

This ballad was one of Beyonce’s biggest hits and listening to the lyrics, it definitely sounds like an angry break up song from a woman’s perspective. Beyonce fans might be disappointed to hear that she had very little to do with the actual writing of this track- it was actually R&B start Ne-Yo’s work. Ne-Yo wrote “Irreplaceable” while playing around with country guitars, though you’d never know it listening to the final product.

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