Max Martin’s 20 #1 Singles, From “…Baby One More Time” To “Bad Blood”: Revisited, Reviewed & Ranked

Max Martin’s first songwriting and producing credits on a prominent hit song in the US bubbled up 20 years ago, via Ace Of Base’s bouncy 1995 Eurodance classic “Beautiful Life.” Who could have predicted then that this onetime Swedish metalhead would go on to define the sound of the following two decades of pop?

Martin’s initial foray into chart domination on the Billboard Hot 100 came in 1999, with “…Baby One More Time” (a little song he wrote and co-produced for Britney Spears). Since then, he’s been involved in 20 #1s, up to and including this week’s current Hot 100 leader“Bad Blood.” What a milestone, Max…our lives really would have sucked without you.

Given this achievement, the experts here at Idolator decided to revisit each of Martin’s chart-topping smashes to see how they’ve held up over the years, and to rank them accordingly. Get into it by flipping through our roundup below, pop fanatics!