Max Martin is God…Part 2: The Naughtys?

3 Dec

Read Part 1: The 90’s first!

First of all. I would like to sound off a major gripe I have about growing up between 2000 and 2009. What are they going to call our theme parties? Our music? 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s…Those generations meant something and people are seriously talking about calling us the Naughtys.


But I digress…

This post is about the resurgence of our hero, Max Martin. Loyal readers, you may recall how Max Martin went balls deep in the 90’s with his brilliant melodies and choruses with lyrics which always sounded like a Swedish guys interpretation of what an American pop star should be singing.

Through 2000 Max Martin maintained his tight grip around Boy Band/Britney Pop but also demonstrated his rock roots with “It’s My Life” obviously by Bon Jovi.

This song is a excellent showcase of Max Martin’s songs where you can definitely hear his style and sound. When you listen to it lined up with some N’Sync and Britney you realize that Max Martin’s songs would sound great with anyone at vocals.

Although he brought Bon Jovi back from the dead, the early Naughty’s (shit!) were decidedly quite for Mr. Martin. Musicians decided “they were so over it” when it came to boy bands pop completely forgetting there was a reason besides Brian Littrell that some obscure 5 man bands made it huge. The backlash was a bit like Disco Sucks except it was way lamer and we didn’t get punk rock out of it.

During this time Max Martin moved on from Cheiron and started his own studio Maratone and created a new sound that still used the traditional Verse Chorus Verse Chorus Bridge Chorus structure but used far more rock influences. This in part was shaped by a new team including a dude named Shellback with a background in Hardcore.

Hej, Jag Heter Shellback!

A couple years off was healthy as well with a public that was used to hearing a Max Martin jam every third song on the radio.

Then the perfect Max Martin vehicle came along: American Idol. Its almost like it was created as to drive business for him. Every year he had a hot new star with a great voice that had made their name singing other peoples songs. This person wasn’t good at song writing, if they were they wouldn’t have to wait to do American Idol. They were judged on voice, performance and je ne sais quoi to be voted the worlds best karaoke singer. Then they entered the music world with a fat contract and an immediate need for 12-15 songs and 3-4 ones catchy enough to be radio singles.

So in 2004 Kelly Clarkson, the first American Idol winner went to Sweden and got back in touch with Max Martin. He promptly wrote “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes” for her. That just got him going.

From there Martin got back in touch with Britney, the Backstreet Boys and Bon Jovi while powering Pink amd mixing in a little Bo Bice, a little Kelis and some European artists.

Max Martin is now stronger than ever, since 2008 he has written five number 1 hits.

  1. So What-Pink
  2. Hot N Cold-Katy Perry
  3. I Kissed A Girl-Katy Perry
  4. My Life Would Suck Without You-Kelly Clarkson
  5. 3-Britney Spears

Here is a collection of Max Martin from 2001 on. I honestly had to just do highlights because 2009 alone could fill an entire playlist.

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More after the jump…

While I certainly respect the fact that Martin has the ability to churn out hit after hit regardless of the artist, I have to admit, the new Max Martin sound doesn’t have the same fun pop music feel that his 90’s music did. The rock edge sounds like he’s trying to be disguise his ability as the best pop producer of our generation, like he’s ashamed of it! I also feel that he has over focused on female artists so I am excited for his Adam Lambert collaborations that should be coming soon.

Whenever I think these thoughts I then have to force myself to remember that I didn’t like the Backstreet Boys when they came out and that maybe like a fine Bordeaux, Max Martin songs just get better over time. I certainly like “Since You’ve Been Gone” more now than when it came out. So perhaps all of the Max Martin songs coming out now will need to be revisited in 5 to 10 years.

What does this force me to conclude?

That 13 year old girls might actually have great music taste?!?

FML…I hate you Max Martin


One Response to “Max Martin is God…Part 2: The Naughtys?”


  1. Max Martin is god…Part 1: The 90’s « Yuppie Dance Party - December 3, 2009

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