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Top 20 Songwriters of 2011


Max Martin
Martin Karl Sandberg (a.k.a. Max Martin) is 2011's Top Songwriter.


The artists who perform hit songs are common knowledge to even the most casual music fan. In some cases, the same artists who dominate the airwaves are also responsible for penning the songs we know and love. However in many instances, the world’s most popular music is made possible by songwriters who often go unnoticed by the fans of their music – until now.

Introducing Songtrust’s ‘Top Songwriters Chart’: the first chart to recognize top songwriters in the US. Using data from Billboard Radio Songs and Digital Songs charts (full methodology here), we’re showcasing the immense talents of 2011’s Top Songwriters. And as you’ll see below, many of today’s top songwriters display remarkable versatility, composing songs in many genres for many different artists.

Congratulations to Swedish songwriter Martin Sandberg – better known as Max Martin – on topping our chart for 2011 with his contributions to smash hits by Britney Spears, P!nk and Katy Perry.

Top 20 Songwriters of 2011

Max Martin
1. Martin Karl Sandberg (Max Martin) – 83.9 pts

Hold It Against Me, Till The World Ends (Britney Spears); F**king Perfect, Raise Your Glass (Pink); E.T., Last Friday Night (Katy Perry); A Loser Like Me (Glee)


Dr Luke
2. Lukasz Gottwald (Dr Luke) – 71.6 pts

We R Who We R, Blow (Ke$ha); Hold It Against Me, Till The World Ends (Britney Spears); E.T., Last Friday Night (Katy Perry); Good Feelin’ (Flo Rida)


Katy Perry
3. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry) – 65.2 pts

Firework, E.T., Last Friday Night, The One That Got Away (Katy Perry)


Ester Dean
4. Ester Dean (Esther Dean) – 61.5 pts

What’s My Name, S and M (Rihanna); Firework (Katy Perry); I Love You This Big (Scotty McCreery); Super Bass (Nicki Minaj)


Bruno Mars
5. Peter Gene Hernandez (Bruno Mars) – 60.9 pts

Just The Way You Are, Grenade (Bruno Mars); Lighters (Bad Meets Evil); Rocketeer (Far East Movement); F**k You (Cee Lo Green)


Phil Lawrence
6. Philip Martin Lawrence (Phil Lawrence) – 59.2 pts

Just The Way You AreGrenade (Bruno Mars); Lighters (Bad Meets Evil); Rocketeer (Far East Movement); F**k You (Cee Lo Green)


Mikkel Storleer Eriksen
7. Mikkel Storleer Eriksen (Stargate) – 56.8 pts

What’s My Name?, Only Girl, S and M (Rihanna); Firework (Katy Perry); Black and Yellow, Roll Up (Wiz Khalifa)


Tor Erik Hermansen
7. Tor Erik Hermansen (Stargate) – 56.8 pts

What’s My Name?Only GirlS and M (Rihanna); Firework (Katy Perry); Black and YellowRoll Up (Wiz Khalifa)


Ari Levine
9. Ari Levine – 56.3 pts

Just The Way You Are, Grenade, The Lazy Song, It Will Rain (Bruno Mars); F**k You (Cee Lo Green); Lighters (Bad Meets Evil)


10. Johan Karl Schuster (Shellback) – 49.1 pts

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)


Benny Blanco
11. Benjamin Joseph Levin (Benny Blanco) – 48.9 pts

We R Who We R, 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) – 48.5 pts

Rolling In The Deep, Someone Like You (Adele); Rumor Has It/Someone Like You (Glee Cast)


13. David Jamahl Listenbee (GoonRock) – 44.2 pts

Party Rock Anthem, Sexy and I Know It (LMFAO)


13. Stefan Kendal Gordy (Redfoo) – 44.2 pts

Party Rock AnthemSexy and I Know It (LMFAO)


15. Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull) – 42.4 pts

Give Me Everything, On The Floor, Hey Baby (Pitbull); DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (Usher); Hey Baby (T-Pain)


Sandy Vee
16. Sandy Julien Wilhelm (Sandy Vee) – 44.2 pts

Only Girl, S and M (Rihanna); Firework (Katy Perry); Hey Baby (Pitbull); Where Them Girls At (David Guetta)


Adam Levine
17. Adam Levine – 38.0 pts

Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5); Stereo Hearts (Gym Class Heroes)


Ammar Malik
17. Ammar Malik – 38.0 pts

Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5); Stereo Hearts (Gym Class Heroes)


19. Joshua Emanuel Coleman (Ammo) – 33.3 pts

We R Who We R (Ke$ha); E.T. (Katy Perry)


20. Peter Schroeder – 32.7 pts

Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO)


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12 thoughts on “Top 20 Songwriters of 2011

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  2. Two Words:  Holy Collaborations Batman!  (ok 3 couldn’t resist adding the batman)

  3. Two Words:  Holy Collaborations Batman!  (ok 3 couldn’t resist adding the batman)

  4. Am I to understand that these singer/songwriters collaberated together & therefore their all sharing these songs… ? Or would it be more likely coming from a source thru their producers? Say 50/50 Split.  Are you really aware of whom the creator, the “songwriter”, the source of these songs are or is… ?
    With Thanks,
    Dionn Anzulovich

    1. Hey Dionn,

      In order to simplify this chart, we’ve not taken into account the percentage split on each song. We’ve avoided this because split information is not available for each song, and also splits can change without notice. In this chart, all writers are considered equal.

  5. I hope to be a part of this gifted bunch one day soon … right place; right time; lots of prayer!

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  7. This is bogus

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  9. These are not exactly song-writers, more like song-vertisers, or musical-marketers. No doubt they’re all great manipulators who have lower class people figured out.

  10. Is this list intended to be taken seriously?!?!

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