Max Martin's Official Top 40 biggest songs

He's behind some huge hits, and now many of your favourites are to appear in a musical. We reveal Max's most successful.

If you spend a day glued to the radio, there is a very big chance you will hear, at the very least, one song that Max Martin has been involved with.

The Swedish writer and producer – real name Martin Sandberg – is behind some of the biggest hits the pop universe has ever seen.

And now Max's magic is set to take over London's West End, as a new musical opens in November. & Juliet retells one of the most famous love stories in the world (Romeo & Juliet in case you hadn't joined the dots yet), using his biggest hits from the likes of Britney Spears, Katy Perry and more.

As we await curtain-up, we delve deeper to give you a full Top 40 of the tunes he's written or produced.

Before we reveal the big ones, here are a few highlights:

Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time

You can't talk Max Martin and not bring Britney into the equation. He's worked with Britney a lot over the course of her career, on huge songs like Oops…! I Did It Again, Overprotected, Stronger and 2011's Hold It Against me, but it all started here. …Baby One More Time was an instant classic, debuting at Number 1 and selling 463,700 copies in its first week. It passed a million sales after just five weeks, giving Max his first seat in the seven-figures sales' club. See where all of Britney's songs and albums have charted in the UK. 

Taylor Swift – Shake it Off

When Taylor Swift wanted to let the world know she was going all-out pop on her 2014 album 1989, who else would she turn to but Uncle Max? They'd already struck gold on previous singles We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and I Knew You Were Trouble, but Shake it Off took things stratospheric. Shout out to the icy gem Blank Space too.

Pink – So What

Max has done some of his most stellar work with one Alecia Moore – Pink to you and me. Their first smash collabo was Who Knew, but it was So What that finally gave Pink her first solo Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic, eight years after her first hit. It's also their most successful team-up on the coutndown. Pink's Official Chart archive

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang

Never knowingly undersung, Bang Bang was a second Number 1 for Jessie and Max after 2011's Domino, and it was also his second with Ariana – Problem was a Max special too! It was his very first UK Number 1 with the lovely Nicki. 

Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do

Max teamed up with Tove Lo for this dreamy '80s style ballad taken from saucy movie Fifty Shades of Grey. It was a huge hit for Ellie, giving her a second Number 1 and notching up over 170,000 chart sales in its first week!

The Weeknd – Can't Feel My Face

One of the coolest guys in R&B, The Weeknd also has a big appreciation for Max's pop sensibilities. Can't Feel My Face was the first time they'd worked together, spending nine weeks in the Top 10, peaking at 3. See The Weeknd's Official Chart archive

Ariana Grande – Into You

They have had bigger hits together– Ari makes three appearances in the Top 10, more than any other artist – but have any of them banged as hard as Into You? Guaranteed to make even your most staid aunts and uncles embarrass themselves on the dancefloor with their sexy moves, Into You shockingly missed the Top 10 on release in 2016, peaking at 14. Incredible.

Katy Perry – Roar

Katy has Max to thank for loads of her hits, including debut Number 1 I Kissed A Girl and the weird and wonderful E.T. featuring the iconic "alien sex" cameo verse from Kanye. The million-selling Roar is Katy and Max's biggest collaboration together, though, spending two weeks at Number 1 in 2013.See Katy Perry's Official Chart archive

Justin Timberlake – Can't Stop the Feeling

Perhaps surprisingly, Max's most successful song in the UK never actually got to Number 1! Instead, this Justin track, taken from the Trolls movie, had to settle for second place for four weeks, behind Drake's chart-hogging juggernaut One Dance in summer 2016. Still, it's shifted over two million combined sales across physical and digital sales and streaming, including 136 million plays. 

The Official Top 40 biggest Max Martin songs in the UK

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 CAN'T STOP THE FEELING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 2 2016
2 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO ELLIE GOULDING 1 2015
3 ROAR KATY PERRY 1 2013
4 BABY ONE MORE TIME BRITNEY SPEARS 1 1999
5 SHAKE IT OFF TAYLOR SWIFT 2 2014
6 CAN'T FEEL MY FACE WEEKND 3 2015
7 BANG BANG JESSIE J/GRANDE/MINAJ 1 2014
8 2002 ANNE-MARIE 3 2018
9 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY ARIANA GRANDE 2 2018
10 I DON'T CARE ED SHEERAN & JUSTIN BIEBER 1 2019
11 SIDE TO SIDE ARIANA GRANDE FT NICKI MINAJ 4 2016
12 I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE TAYLOR SWIFT 2 2012
13 DYNAMITE TAIO CRUZ 1 2010
14 INTO YOU ARIANA GRANDE 14 2016
15 DARK HORSE KATY PERRY FT JUICY J 4 2013
16 BLANK SPACE TAYLOR SWIFT 4 2014
17 DOMINO JESSIE J 1 2011
18 CALIFORNIA GURLS KATY PERRY FT SNOOP DOGG 1 2010
19 I WANT IT THAT WAY BACKSTREET BOYS 1 1999
20 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) ADELE 5 2015
21 PROBLEM ARIANA GRANDE FT IGGY AZALEA 1 2014
22 I KISSED A GIRL KATY PERRY 1 2008
23 HOT N COLD KATY PERRY 4 2008
24 SO WHAT PINK 1 2008
25 WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER TAYLOR SWIFT 4 2012
26 EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET'S BACK) BACKSTREET BOYS 3 1997
27 TEENAGE DREAM KATY PERRY 2 2010
28 DANGEROUS WOMAN ARIANA GRANDE 17 2016
29 BREAK FREE ARIANA GRANDE FT ZEDD 16 2014
30 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM KATY PERRY FT SKIP MARLEY 5 2017
31 RAISE YOUR GLASS PINK 13 2010
32 SINCE U BEEN GONE KELLY CLARKSON 5 2005
33 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ED SHEERAN FT KHALID 1 2019
34 IT'S MY LIFE BON JOVI 3 2000
35 OOPS I DID IT AGAIN BRITNEY SPEARS 1 2000
36 GOD IS A WOMAN ARIANA GRANDE 4 2018
37 ON MY MIND ELLIE GOULDING 5 2015
38 AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME BACKSTREET BOYS 3 1997
39 ONE MORE NIGHT MAROON 5 8 2012
40 TAKE ME BACK TO LONDON ED SHEERAN FT STORMZY 1 2019

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