Gifted with that distinct falsetto and perfect pitch, before dazzling the charts with his own hits, Charlie Puth was already co-writing tracks for other artists like Jason Derulo, Pitbull, CeeLo Green and Thomas Rhett. As well as recording his hits like “We Don’t Talk Anymore” and “Attention” – and the 2015 Furious 7 track “See You Again”, recorded by Wiz Khalifa and featuring Puth for the soundtrack to the 2015 film – the artist has also gone on to co-write and produce a number of songs for other artists, including John Legend, Maroon 5, former One Management member Liam Payne and many more.
As the release of his third and most personal album approaches, Charly, Puth continued to share his songs and co-write across genres. Here’s a look at 10 songs Puth has written for other artists.
1. “Celebrate”, Pitbull (2014)
Written by Charlie Puth, Armando Perez (Pitbull), Andrew Cedar, Ben Maddahi, Breyan Isaac, Dino George Fekaris, Justin Franks, Nick Zesses
Featured in DreamWorks Animated Movie Penguins of Madagascar, “Celebrate” was one of the first songs that Charlie Puth co-wrote. The song was later released on Pitbull’s eighth studio album. Globalization.
2. “Broke”, Jason Derulo, with Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban (2015)
Written by Charlie Puth, Jason Derulo, David Brook
Jason Derulo’s fourth album Everything is 4, which peaked at No. 4, featured a number of star collaborations, including Meghan Trainor on “Painkiller,” Julia Michaels on “Trade Hearts,” and Jennifer Lopez and Matoma on “Try Me.” For “Broke”, co-written with Charlie Puth and David Brook (Eminem, One Republic), Derulo brought in Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban. Apparently, the collaboration with Wonder began when the two met and had a chance to talk over dinner at the White House.
“At the time I had a song ‘Broke’ ready, which featured a harmonica, so I offered to play it thinking how great it would be to have the legendary Stevie Wonder in one. of my songs,” Derulo said. “He accepted with enthusiasm, and I then offered him to sing as well. His response was, ‘If I listen to the song on the radio and I can’t hear my voice, I get angry.’
3. “I Feel Good”, Thomas Rhett (2015)
Written by Charlie Puth, Thomas Rhett, Douglas, Teddy Geiger, Jacob Hindlin, Gamal Lewis, Spargur
On Thomas Rhett’s second album, Tangled, “I Feel Good” was never released as a single, but features LunchMoney Lewis and Charlie Puth, who is credited not only as a co-writer but also as a musician. Puth plays the keyboard on the track.
4. “Working Class Heroes (Labour), CeeLoo Green (2015)
Written by Charlie Puth, Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (CeeLo Green), Sean Phelan
Co-written and co-produced by Charlie Puth, CeeLo Green’s dance-y track “Working Class Heroes (Work)” pays lyrical tribute to hard workers—Early in the morning / I’m wrapped in the sofa / It smells of struggle / Do you want to open the door / Everyone cried / I have restlessness in my blood / A little is not enough-and was released on Green’s fifth studio album, White Heartfeaturing a collection of collaborations including Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Mark Ronson, and more.
5. “So Good”, Zara Larsson, with Ty Dolla $ign (2017)
Written by Charlie Puth, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Gamal Lewis, Danny Schofield
Released as the fifth single from Swedish pop singer Zara Larsson’s international debut, So good, the title track reached Top 10 in Europe and Top 40 in the United States and was co-written and produced by Puth. Released when Larsson was just 19, the album became “the second most-streamed debut album on Spotify by a female artist”.
6. “Lips on You”, Maroon 5 (2017)
Written by Charlie Puth, Adam Levine, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Julia Michaels, Jason Evigan
Although Puth initially wanted to keep his collaboration with his friend and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine a secret, he is credited with co-writing the band’s more intimate track, “Lips On You”, from their sixth album. Red Pill Blues. “I like to see people react to music, and sometimes if my name is attached to it, they feel like they have to feel a certain way,” Puth said. “But there was a leak that I wrote on the album, which is totally cool.”
7. “Bedroom Floor”, Liam Payne (2017)
Written by Charlie Puth, Jacob Kasher, Ammar Malik, Steve Mac, Aaron Jennings, Noel Zancanella
Produced by Mac and Ben Rice, “Bedroom Floor” was a single from former One Direction member Liam Payne’s debut album. LP1 in 2017 and gave the artist radio listening and chart access in the United States “It’s just a great song,” Payne said of the track. “I can never listen to it and get bored.”
8. “Easier”, 5 Seconds of Summer (2019)
Written by Charlie Puth, Louis Bell, Ryan Tedder, Ali Tamposi, Andrew Watt
A slightly darker synth and drum-induced track for Australian pop group 5 Seconds of Summer, “Easier” was the lead single from their fourth album. calm. The video, showing the band performing in a blue-lit cave, has garnered over 62 million views (to date) on YouTube. Along with the album version, the band also released alternate versions of “Easier”, including “Easier – Live from the Vault” with two remixes, one by Seeb and the other by Charlie Puth.
9. “Minefields”, Faouzia and John Legend (2020)
Written by Charlie Puth, Faouzia, Ali Tamposi, Johnny Goldstein, Sam Martin, Jeff Halatrax, J-kash
Recorded by Moroccan artist Faouzia and featuring John Legend, “Minefields” was released as a single from the artist’s 2020 EP Citizens. The lyrics metaphorically explore the grief of the lovers once they are separated and attempt to reconnect while walking through minefields.
I didn’t notice what I lost
Until all the lights are out
And not knowing what you’re doing has tortured me
Now that could be a mistake
We’re broken in so many ways
But I’m slowly putting us back together
Faouzia and Legend have performed the song together on several occasions, including a 2021 appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
ten. “Stay”, The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber (2021)
Written by Charlie Puth, Charlton Howard (The Kid Laroi) Justin Bieber, Magnus Høiberg, Omer Fedi, Blake Slatkin, Michael Mule, Isaac De Boni, Subhaan Rahmaan
The lead single from Australian rapper The Kid Laroi’s mixtape, Fuck Love 3: Above You, “Stay” is the second collaboration between Laroi and Bieber. The two artists first worked together on Bieber’s song “Unstable,” from his sixth studio album, Justicealso released in 2021. “Stay” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Laroi’s first chart-topping hit.
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