Songtrust Announces The Top 20 Songwriters Of 2011

by (@kat_george)

Are you sick of “top” and “best of” lists for 2011 yet? Surprisingly enough, we’re not — even though they are getting a bit repetitive in the Adele/Iver global back pat that’s happening right now. With all the glory being attributed to musicians for songs and albums, Songtrust have come right out of left field to say, “Yeah, kudos guys, but let’s have a round of applause for the people who are actually writing these songs.”

Some of our favorite hit machines — including You Oughta Know artists Adele and Bruno Mars, as well as Katy Perry — are seasoned song writers in their own right, but what about the guys and gals behind the music that aren’t also household names? Using data from Billboard Radio Songs and Digital Songs charts, Songtrust have compiled a list of 2011′s most seminal writers — yep, that’s right, these are the people responsible for all those songs you’re putting on your favorites lists. So three cheers for the writers! Songtrust’s Top 20 Songwriters Of 2011 after the jump.

1. Martin Karl Sandberg (Max Martin): “Hold It Against Me” and “Till The World Ends” (Britney Spears); “F**king Perfect” and “Raise Your Glass” (Pink); “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night” (Katy Perry); “A Loser Like Me” (Glee)
2. Lukasz Gottwald (Dr Luke): “We R Who We R” and “Blow” (Ke$ha); “Hold It Against Me” and “Till The World Ends” (Britney Spears); “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night” (Katy Perry); “Good Feelin’” (Flo Rida)
3. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry): “Firework,” “E.T.,” “Last Friday Night,” and “The One That Got Away” (Katy Perry)
4. Ester Dean (Esther Dean): “What’s My Name” and “S & M” (Rihanna); “Firework” (Katy Perry); “I Love You This Big” (Scotty McCreery); “Super Bass” (Nicki Minaj)
5. Peter Gene Hernandez (Bruno Mars): “Just The Way You Are,” “Grenade” (Bruno Mars); “Lighters” (Bad Meets Evil); “Rocketeer” (Far East Movement); “F**k You” (Cee Lo Green); “How To Love” (Lil Wayne)
6. Philip Martin Lawrence (Phil Lawrence): “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade” (Bruno Mars); “Lighters” (Bad Meets Evil); “Rocketeer” (Far East Movement); “F**k You” (Cee Lo Green); “How To Love” (Lil Wayne)
7. Mikkel Storleer Eriksen (Stargate): “What’s My Name?,” “Only Girl,” and “S and M” (Rihanna); “Firework” (Katy Perry); “Black and Yellow” and “Roll Up” (Wiz Khalifa)
7. Tor Erik Hermansen (Stargate): “What’s My Name?,” “Only Girl” and “S and M” (Rihanna); “Firework” (Katy Perry); “Black and Yellow” and “Roll Up” (Wiz Khalifa)
9. Ari Levine: “Just The Way You Are,” “Grenade,” “The Lazy Song,” and “It Will Rain” (Bruno Mars); “F**k You” (Cee Lo Green); “Lighters” (Bad Meets Evil)
10. Johan Karl Schuster (Shellback): “Raise Your Glass” (Katy Perry); “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” (Usher); “What The Hell” (Avril Lavigne); “F**king Perfect” (Pink); “Moves Like Jagger” (Maroon 5)
11. Benjamin Joseph Levin (Benny Blanco): “We R Who We R” and “Blow” (Ke$ha); “Dynamite” (Taio Cruz); “No Sleep” (Wiz Khalifa); “Moves Like Jagger” (Maroon 5); “Stereo Hearts” (Gym Class Heroes)
12. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (Adele): “Rolling In The Deep” and “Someone Like You” (Adele); “Rumor Has It/Someone Like You” (Glee Cast)
13. David Jamahl Listenbee (GoonRock): “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It” (LMFAO)
13. Stefan Kendal Gordy (Redfoo): “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It” (LMFAO)
15. Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull): “Give Me Everything,” “On The Floor” and “Hey Baby” (Pitbull); “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” (Usher); “Hey Baby” (T-Pain)
16. Sandy Julien Wilhelm (Sandy Vee): “Only Girl” and “S and M” (Rihanna); “Firework” (Katy Perry); “Hey Baby” (Pitbull); “Where Them Girls At” (David Guetta); “How To Love” (Lil Wayne)
17. Adam Levine: “Moves Like Jagger” (Maroon 5); “Stereo Hearts” (Gym Class Heroes)
17. Ammar Malik: “Moves Like Jagger” (Maroon 5); “Stereo Hearts” (Gym Class Heroes)
19. Joshua Emanuel Coleman (Ammo): “We R Who We R” (Ke$ha); “E.T.” (Katy Perry)
20. Peter Schroeder: “Party Rock Anthem” (LMFAO)

Songtrust Top Songwriters Chart Of 2011 [Songtrust]