Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb billboard. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U. Or, tweet gthot With The Weeknd topping the Hot dated Aug. Expanding our scope to the Hot '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 , when he posted his first. Luke" Gottwald ranks second with 39 top 10s as a writer.
Since breaking through in the late Nineties, the Swedish songwriter-producer has co-written 22 Billboard Hot number one hits — more than anyone, bar John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The results are sometimes audacious The verse is a hook, then the chorus is another hook. He's always talking about melody and striving to find that thing that makes it magical. At the same time, we know that Martin likes to adhere to certain self-prescribed songwriting rules. So, even if the Martin hit-making approach is not quite a formula, what are some of the secrets of his success?
But, while Lennon and McCartney are universally acknowledged as geniuses, few outside the music business have heard of Max Martin. Presumably this is because Martin writes all of his songs for other people to sing. The fame that Lennon and McCartney achieved by performing their work will never be his, which no doubt is fine with Martin. He still gets the publishing. That the Swede happens to bring to the table an exceptionally large dollop of Jantelagen , the Scandinavian disdain for individual celebrity, makes him especially well-suited to his vocation. Still, even for a Nordic, it is a powerful act of self-denial to forego the pleasure and, yes, the fame and attendant adulation of recording your own songs, and give all your beautiful tunes to other people, who become famous instead. This path is especially difficult when you possess a beautiful singing voice of your own, which Martin does. And yet Martin is known to insist that the artists he works with sing his songs exactly the way he sings them on the demos. They are also among the few people in the world who have actually heard the originals.
He rose to prominence in the late s after making a string of hit singles such as Britney Spears ' " Martin is the songwriter with the third-most number-one singles on the chart, behind only Paul McCartney 32 and John Lennon As a child, Martin was a student of Sweden's public music-education program, and once said he had "public music education to thank for everything". As a teenager he sang in a variety of bands before joining a glam-style metal band called It's Alive in as their singer and frontman. Martin eventually dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music with his band under the nickname "Martin White".