23 Songs That Were Secretly Written By Huge Stars

23. Fifth Harmony’s “Sledgehammer,” Co-Written by Meghan Trainor This catchy song performed by girl group Fifth Harmony was actually co-written by Meghan Trainor. It was intended to appear on her 2014 solo debut album, Title, though it was eventually replaced by “All About That Bass,” Trainor disclosed in an interview with Official Charts Company. Since her label, Epic Records, decided against […]

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23 Songs That Were Secretly Written By Huge Stars

22. The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer,” Written by Neil Diamond The original version of this song was written by Neil Diamond and performed by The Monkees in 1966—decades before Smash Mouth ever sang it for Shrek. The original song managed to remain at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts for an impressive seven weeks before inevitably becoming the biggest-selling record […]

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23 Songs That Were Secretly Written By Huge Stars

21. The Bangles’ “Manic Monday,” Written by Prince Using the pseudonym “Christopher,” Prince originally crafted this pop tune for Apollonia 6, performing it as a duet with members of the group in 1984. He later decided to scrap it completely, but it inevitably found its way into the hands of The Bangles, according to Per Nilsen’s novel Dance Music Sex […]

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23 Songs That Were Secretly Written By Huge Stars

19. Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway,” Co-Written by Avril Lavigne It’s true. The icon of teen angst, Avril Lavigne, actually wrote one of America’s sweethearts, Kelly Clarkson’s, biggest hits to date—2004’s “Breakaway.” Though it was intended to be on Lavigne’s 2002 debut album, Let Go, it eventually went to Clarkson in the end, as co-writer Bridget Benenate explained in an interview with Songwriter Universe. […]

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23 Songs That Were Secretly Written By Huge Stars

18. Diana Ross’ “Chain Reaction,” Written by The Bee Gees From “Islands in the Stream” to Diana Ross’ “Chain Reaction,” The Bee Gees have lent their creative musical powers to some of the greatest artists of all time throughout the past few decades. Though the trio wasn’t so sure about how successful “Chain Reaction” would be when […]

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23 Songs That Were Secretly Written By Huge Stars

17. Beyoncé’s “Halo,” Co-Written by Ryan Tedder Aside from being one of the most beloved musicians of all time, Beyoncé has proven time and again that she knows how to assemble the perfect team to lead her to infinite success. Case in point: The star’s recruitment of OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder to co-write one of her biggest hits, 2008’s “Halo.” […]

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23 Songs That Were Secretly Written By Huge Stars

15. Whitney Houston’s “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” Written by Babyface Penned by Babyface in 1995, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” was featured on the soundtrack for the film Waiting to Exhale, starring Whitney Houston. Initially, according to Fred Bronson’s book The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, Houston was not even interested in singing on the soundtrack because she wanted to focus more on her […]

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