Max Martin has been top of the pops for the past 20 years — in a rare interview, he explains how. In a rare interview, the Los Angeles-based hitmaker has explained the method behind his perfect pop formula. He also gave a brilliant insight into how to pen the perfect pop song. You can hear songs that are technically great, songs that tick all the boxes.

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Before songs were concocted by committee, with an algorithmic hive mind to produce the perfect beat, melody and lyrics, they were written by songwriters. You may know every lyric to your favorite songs, but do you know who wrote them? From those who toiled behind the scenes to those who were performers themselves but never made the marquee, here are just a few of the secret songwriters responsible for some of the greatest hits.

The ultimate multi-hyphenate, Willis is a songwriter, music video director, internet maverick, documentarian, columnist, Broadway lyricist and artist. Having grown up on steady diet of Motown, the Detroit native must have soaked up some of that hit-making magic while sitting outside the studio every weekend.

Willis stays busy, writing pop hits for Justin Timberlake and earning a nomination for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Modest as he may be, howmany songwriters are enterprising enough to create their own TV show to plug their own album? In an effort to promote his acoustic record, Third Party , Jules came up with MTV Unplugged as a showcase for big name artists to talk about their own songwriting process and play stripped-down versions of their music.

Before he was unknowingly creating power pop for the greatest ladies of the 80s, Shear and his band the Funky Kings were being groomed as the next Eagles. Matching complex emotions with conversational lyrics, Walker could tackle any style of song, from torch ballads to western and waltz. Aretha, Whitney, Diana, Mariah; he wrote for them all and produced some of the biggest hits of the 80s. As one of the most in-demand songwriters of the decade, Walden helped these iconic voices at varying stages of their career.

Narada would go on to work with Whitney over the course of her career, producing the Bodyguard soundtrack and chronically his time with the immortal singer in his book. The song was first recorded by Morgan in and has been covered by numerous artists, but none like Dean Martin. With a songwriting career that spanned nearly 50 years, he wrote many classics that transcended trends, as artists continuously reinterpreted his songs to suit each generation. Looking for more? Your email address will not be published.

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The Essential Secrets Of Songwriting

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The world’s biggest songwriter has revealed the secrets to penning a hit

Ever wonder how you can get the words and melodies jumbled up in your head out on paper? Maybe you dream of lyrics all day and night and have notebooks full of scribbles and rhythms. Maybe you want to write a song, but have no idea how to start. Getting started songwriting can be challenging, but like riding a bike you have to practice and fail many times before you can enjoy the ride. You just need the courage to begin your journey.

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