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Music producers who are responsible for manufacturing most of the big hits that musical artists perform in 2013. Most of the catchy tunes and unforgettable melodies that we heard in 2013 were influenced by certain producers such as Alex Da Kidd, The Smeezingtons and Mike Will Made It. This is the ultimate list of the biggest producers in 2013 who had songs in the Hot 100, worked on a number of hits, helped artists to sell millions of records and dominated Billboard charts for at least one week.


Alex Da Kid

alex da kidAlex Da Kid has been around for a little while but over the span of his short career he had big hits with artists such as Rihanna and Eminem. Alex works with a variety of different artists in order to span his reach as a producer. Many of the artists that he worked with in 2013 had at least made it into the top 20 song of the spot since their debut. Check out this interview with him.

Songs on Hot 100 in 2013: 2

Biggest Hit: Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (No. 3)


baauerThe Harlem Shake was one of the biggest hits of 2013 that was produced by Harry Rodrigues who is also known as Baauer. This one song was Baauer’s crowing achievement because it impacted American society in such a way that it appealed to the vast majority of people regardless of age, race, culture or social status. This song also performed well overseas. The Harlem Shake became the number one hit song in 2013 and held that position for five weeks.


Songs on Hot 100 in 2013: 1

Biggest Hit: “Harlem Shake” (No. 1, five weeks)

Joey Moi

joey moiProducer Joey Moi specializes in country music which is biggest genre of music within the industry. Moi has produced 5 songs on the Hot 100 and has taken the number 4 spot on the Billboard charts with the hit Florida Georgia Line. Moi personally tweaks and crafts each song with his own unique signature sounds.

Songs on Hot 100: 5

Biggest Hit: Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise” (No. 4)

Pharell Williams

pharell williamsPharell Williams has been in the music game for quite some time and in 2013 he was responsible for producing big hits such as “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. Pharell is up in age when compared to many of his counterparts but he still has the ability to make relevant songs that appeal to modern music fans.


shellbackShellback’s real name is Johan Schuster who many in the industry consider a brilliant record producer. He produced the song “One More Night” for Maroon 5 and this song took the No. 1 spot for nine weeks. His success with this hit helped to make him a heavyweight in the industry. He also had 8 songs on the hot 100.

Songs on Hot 100: 8

Biggest Hit: Maroon 5, “One More Night” (No. 1, nine weeks)

Max Martin

max martin producerProducer Max Martin has influenced the world of American pop music for well over 20 years. He collaborated with Shellback on Maroon 5 hit “One More Night”. His work in pop music has netted him 10 hit songs on the Hot 100 in 2013. Many of the popular songs that people listed to this year were integrated with Martin’s sound.

Songs on Hot 100: 10

Biggest Hit: Maroon 5 – “One More Night” (No. 1, nine weeks), Katy Perry – Roar (co-wrote and co-produced)

Mike Will Made It

mike will make itMike Will Made It is truly a unique name even for the music industry but this moniker describes Mike Will Made It’s current level of success as a music producer. This young man from Atlanta has worked with a variety of Hip Hop, R&B and pop artists in 2013. His sound was showcased on many of the big hits in 2013. He netted a total 12 songs on the Hot 100 and his biggest song of 2013 was Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” which took the No. 2 spot after it was released.

Songs on Hot 100: 12

Biggest Hit: Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop” (No. 2)


Dan Huff

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 14.02.23Dan Huff is a versatile producer who was responsible for helping to generate 16 songs on the Hot 100 in 2013. His biggest hit of the year was Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together”. This song remained at the number one spot for 3 weeks. Huff likes to work with a variety of artists because he is versatile enough to make songs across different genres of music.

Songs on Hot 100: 16

Biggest Hit: Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (No. 1, three weeks)

The Smeezingtons

The SmeezingtonsBruno Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine make up the Smeezingtons which is a trio of producers who made some big hits in 2013. This group has been nominated for a Grammy before they reached the age of 30. This is a serious honor because most artists can’t realistically expect for this happen until they reach a certain pinnacle of success within their careers. The Smeeingtons had 3 Hot 100 songs in 2013 and Bruno Mars dominated the charts for six weeks in a row with “Locked Out of Heaven”.

Songs on Hot 100: 3

Biggest Hit: Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven” (No. 1, six weeks)

Ryan Lewis

Ryan LewisRyan Lewis and the rap group Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz “Thrift Shop” was a huge international hit that has become the biggest song of 2013. Ryan Lewis lent his producing talents on the hit and managed to generate over 425 million hits on YouTube which in turn helped to generate the sale of over 8 million units. “Thrift Store” dominated the charts for 6 weeks and it was so popular overseas that it still remains a popular song today. Lewis also had 3 Hot 100 songs in 2013.

Songs on Hot 100: 3

Biggest Hit: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Thrift Shop” (No. 1, six weeks)