In the light of the recent comments of Damon Albarn, who doubted that Taylor Swift writes her own songs, US-Bookies has analyzed the discographies of the top solo artists of the last decade to compare how much they have contributed to the writing of their songs.
When it comes to the percentage of songs written on their own (with no co-writers), Taylor Swift comes out on top – she has written 51 of the songs on her albums by herself, over 30% of her catalogue. She famously wrote all of the tracks on her third album, ‘Speak Now’, without any co-writers, and all of her albums apart from ‘reputation’ include at least one song written solely by Swift.
Second in the lineup is Ed Sheeran, who has written 15.2% of his songs by himself. Right behind Sheeran is Adele, who wrote 14.5% of songs on her own.
Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are in third and fourth place, writing 3.9% and 3.5% of songs without co-writers, respectively.
The rest of the artists in the analysis- Drake, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj & Billie Eilish - have not written any of their songs on their own.
If co-writing is included, Taylor Swift has contributed to 100% of her songs, just like Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Post Malone, Lady Gaga, The Weeknd and Nicki Minaj.
Drake has co-written 99.1% of his songs, Adele 96.4%, Billie Eilish 93.8%, Ariana Grande 72.5% & Rihanna - 46%.
Over the course of her career, Taylor Swift has won multiple awards for her songwriting, and at the moment, she holds the record as the female artist with the most nominations in the Song of the year category at the Grammy awards with 5 nominations.
At this year’s Grammys, Swift was nominated for Album of the year for ‘evermore’, currently having odds of 16/1 to win.
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The solo artists from the top 15 artists of the previous decade (previously announced by Billboard) have been analyzed, taking into consideration only the songwriting credits of the songs on their original studio albums (excluding cover albums, remixes & additional releases). Writing credits were taken from Spotify & Apple Music.
Disclaimer: The odds posted in this article are for illustrative purposes only, as wagering on such props is not currently legal in any U.S. state. The data was based on betting markets offered by UK/European/worldwide operators regulated in jurisdictions where wagering on these props is legal.