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This generation’s most profilic hitmaker returns to #1 on the Hot 100 after a four-year gap with credits on The Weeknd‘s “Blinding Lights.”


Max Martin, the songwriter-producer behind this century’s defining hits like “…Baby One More Time,” “Teenage Dream” and “Blank Space,” among others, has been missing from the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for a relatively long period. The hitmaker’s last #1 was back in 2016 with Justin Timberlake‘s “Can’t Stop The Feeling!,” which marked the end of a legendary hot streak atop the chart beginning in 2008.



Martin‘s return to the top marks his biggest gap between his #1 singles since NSYNC‘s “It’s Gonna Be Me” (2000) and Katy Perry‘s “I Kissed a Girl” (2008). From 2008-2016, Martin scored a #1 every year with a total of 20 songs.


The producer came very close to reaching the summit with a number of tracks since “CSTF!” in 2016. Most recently, Martin was shut out from the #1 spot with “I Don’t Care” by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber due to the historic run of Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road.” The interim period also saw Martin working on a trio of Top 10 hits for Ariana Grande (“no tears left to cry,” “God is a woman” and “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”) as well as Lady Gaga‘s “Stupid Love” and Katy Perry‘s “Chained to the Rhythm.”


“Blinding Lights” marks Martin‘s 23rd #1 on the Hot 100 as a producer-songwriter. Martin ranks only behind Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26) in #1s as a songwriter.


All 23 of Martin’s #1 songs on the Hot 100:


  • “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears (1999)
  • “It’s Gonna Be Me” by NSYNC (2000)
  • “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry (2008)
  • “So What” by P!nk (2008)
  • “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson (2009)
  • “3” by Britney Spears (2009)
  • “California Gurls” by Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg (2010)
  • “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry (2010)
  • “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk (2010)
  • “Hold It Against Me” by Britney Spears (2011)
  • “E.T.” by Katy Perry feat. Kanye West (2011)
  • “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry (2011)
  • “Part of Me” by Katy Perry (2012)
  • “One More Night” by Maroon 5 (2012)
  • “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift (2012)
  • “Roar” by Katy Perry (2013)
  • “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry (2014)
  • “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift (2014)
  • “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift (2014)
  • “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar (2015)
  • “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weekend (2015)
  • “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake (2016)
  • “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd (2020)



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