Hit-making is a collaborative process, with many hands and minds going into the mix to create a finish product. Don’t believe us? Check the credits for your favorite song in the charts today! In amongst the seemingly dozens of names you’ll find the one tunesmith who had the original germ of the melodic hook…and sometimes even the whole song! Most of these songwriters are unsung heroes (see what we did there?), names and faces unfamiliar to the masses despite the hours of pure pop pleasure they’ve given us over the years. Today we’ve decided to honor them by sharing their original demo versions of some of their greatest hits. Read on and enjoy the original voices behind the songs!
”Toxic” by Cathy Dennis (better known from Britney Spears’ 2003 album In The Zone)
Dennis has given us some of the tastiest pop confection of the 21st century, helping to created this modern Britney classic, as well as Katy Perry‘s first smash “I Kissed A Girl,” Kylie Minogue‘s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” and even the Jonas Brother‘s “Paranoid.”
“Umbrella” by The-Dream (better known from Rihanna’s 2007 album Good Girl Gone Bad)
It’s not news that Dream is a hit making machine, writing Rihanna’s coming-of-age cut (and collaborating on a ton of others!), as well as Beyonce’s show-stopping power ballad “1+1,” the Rolls Royce-shakin’”Partition” and Justin Bieber‘s breakout hit “Baby,”
“Rude Boy” by Ester Dean (better known from Rihanna’s 2009 album Rated R)
Ester is all over the place these days, responsible for not only this Riri hit, but also “S&M,” and “What’s My Name,” “You Da One,” and many others, as well as Beyonce’s “Countdown” and Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”…and we’re just getting started. Bow down, b-tches!