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A Swedish guy you've probably never heard of has written 22 of the greatest pop hits in history

INSIDER Logo By Kim Renfro of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 23: <p> Max Martin has been brought into the limelight more and more over the past few years, but for a period of time, he was a mysterious force behind the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Martin_production_discography"> world's biggest pop music hits</a>. Martin, whose real name is Karl Martin Sandberg, has been writing and producing songs since the '90s, but music fans have only recently begun recognizing his name as a standard part of the pop zeitgeist.</p><p> Some of his biggest hits almost wound up in the hands of other stars (did you know <a href="http://www.thisisinsider.com/songs-rejected-by-other-singers-artists-2017-3"> TLC was offered "...Baby One More Time" before Britney Spears</a>?) but no matter which pop artist winds up taking on the track, Martin's work has a huge success rate.</p><p> Keep reading for a look at the biggest pop songs written, co-written, and produced by Max Martin. </p>

Max Martin has been brought into the limelight more and more over the past few years, but for a period of time, he was a mysterious force behind the world's biggest pop music hits. Martin, whose real name is Karl Martin Sandberg, has been writing and producing songs since the '90s, but music fans have only recently begun recognizing his name as a standard part of the pop zeitgeist.

Some of his biggest hits almost wound up in the hands of other stars (did you know TLC was offered "...Baby One More Time" before Britney Spears?) but no matter which pop artist winds up taking on the track, Martin's work has a huge success rate.

Keep reading for a look at the biggest pop songs written, co-written, and produced by Max Martin.

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