15 Singers Who Still Write Their Own Hits

Of course John Mayer does everything himself.

In an era of hit-makers like Max Martin and Dr. Luke, many big artists don’t pen their own tracks. Here are 15 singers who do it the old fashioned way.

  • 1 Sam Smith
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    Smith co-wrote every track on his Grammy-winning debut album In the Lonely Hour (2014) with no more than two additional co-writers (except “Stay with Me” which also features Tom Petty…doh!). [/item
  • 2 Taylor Swift
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    Swift is notorious for her songwriting prowess, especially when it comes to shading ex-boyfriends. She wrote every song by herself on her 2010 album Speak Now. [/item
  • 3 Beck
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    Beck won the Grammy for Album of the Year for Morning Phase (2014), where he wrote and composed each song. [/item
  • 4 John Mayer
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    With few exceptions in his catalog, Mayer writes his hits on his own. [/item
  • 5 Sia
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    Sia has crafted singles for Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Kylie Minogue. However, she’s also co-written songs for herself, including 2014’s monster “Chandelier.” [/item
  • 6 Lady Gaga
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    Mother Monster has co-written every catchy track in her catalog. [/item
  • 7 Pharrell
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    Pharrell is multifaceted, producing tracks for Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke among others. But his coolest achievement is actually writing 17 of his album tracks by himself. [/item
  • 8 Ellie Goulding
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    The “Love Me Like You Do” songstress pens her tracks alongside an average of two or three co-writers. [/item
  • 9 Pete Wentz/Fall Out Boy
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    Wentz has written many of FOB’s songs himself, including the entire From Under the Cork Tree (2005) and Folie à Deux (2008) albums. [/item
  • 10 Hozier
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    The “Take Me to Church” singer wrote all songs on his eponymous debut studio album by himself except “Someone Knew,” which he co-wrote. [/item
  • 11 Tove Lo
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    The VH1 You Oughta Know artist wrote four out of the 15 songs on her debut album Queen of the Clouds (2015) by herself. She co-wrote the other 11. [/item
  • 12 Meghan Trainor
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    Trainor has writing credits for every one of her addictive tunes. [/item
  • 13 Kesha
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    If you don’t think Kesha is talented, think again. Not only can she sing, but there isn’t a song in her repertoire she didn’t help craft. [/item
  • 14 Ed Sheeran
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    Sheeran penned every song on his platinum album X (2014) with no more than two additional co-writers. [/item
  • 15 Adele
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    Adele didn’t win those six Grammys in 2012 for nothing. She’s co-written every song in her discography. [/item