Searching for Max Martin

The most omnipresent figure in pop music is also the most elusive: Karl Sandberg, AKA Max Martin, the mad Swedish genius who’s ruled the charts for 20 years. With the help of New Yorker writer John Seabrook, author of The Song Machine, and comedian Chris Duffy, host of You’re The Expert, we go deep into a 21st century pop classic to try and locate the secret formula behind Max Martin’s success.

Songs Discussed

  • Taylor Swift – Blank Space
  • The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
  • Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
  • Kelly Clarkson – Since You Been Gone
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  • Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You
  • Katy Perry – California Girls
  • Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together
  • Ariana Grande – Problem
  • N’Sync – It’s Gonna Be Me
  • Britney Spears – Oops I Did It Again
  • Taylor Swift – Bad Blood
  • Icona Pop (ft. Charlie XCX) – I Love It
  • Tove Lo – Talking Body
  • Backstreet Boys – We’ve Got It Going On

Check out a full playlist of Max Martin’s #1 hits on Spotify