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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 14: Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo (L), Roc-A-Fella recording artists Rihanna and Teairra Mari (R) pose with Def Jam president and CEO Shawn "Jay - Z" Carter at the Teen People Listening Lounge hosted by Jay - Z at the Key Club on July 14, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ne-Yo is a brilliant artist. But did you know that Ne-Yo is also a brilliant songwriter? If you’re a Ne-Yo fan, you know this already. However, if you’re just a casual fan of songs like “Sexy Love” “So Sick” and “Because of You,” you may not know that Ne-Yo actually started his career as a songwriter. As a matter of fact, at the beginning of Ne-Yo’s career, he earned his first ever #1 song with Mario’s “Let Me Love You.” The song was released in 2004 and as Ne-Yo explained in his documentary on Youtube, he then became known as the “kid who wrote the Mario song.”

That song got Ne-Yo a lot of attention. Attention from Jay Z and LA Reid specifically…which got Ne-Yo the record deal that would introduce him to the world. He would then go on to record his debut solo album. “In My Own Words,” was released in 2006 and would eventually go on to #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  After releasing his debut album, he’d go on to record several more hit albums of his own. But Ne-Yo didn’t stop there. He continued to write songs for other artists that would go on to become big hits. According to Ne-Yo “there is power in music, there is world saving, life changing power in music. And when you realize that, you can’t look at it the way you did anymore.” Ne-Yo would go on to write hit songs for some of the world’s biggest artists. That list includes Beyonce, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and the list goes on and on. Although we know Ne-Yo will continue on releasing albums on his own as a solo artist, it’s still nice to take a look at all of the amazing hit songs he’s written for others. Let’s take a look.

  • Spotlight - Jennifer Hudson

    Jennifer Hudson’s debut song which Ne-Yo co wrote and co produced with the production duo Stargate. Spotlight would go on to receive 2 Grammy nominations.

  • Pretty Girl Rock -Keri Hilson

    The song is all about female empowerment. It went on to become certified platinum in 2010.

  • Take a Bow - Rihanna

    Ne-Yo and Stargate teamed up once again for this song aimed at calling out the people in relationships that try to pretend they’re something they’re not. This song would go on to become quadruple platinum.

  • Irreplaceable - Beyonce

    “To the left, to the left.” Some of the most iconic lyrics in songwriting history. This song was actually meant to be a country song.

  • Let Me Love You - Mario

    This was the song that put Ne-Yo into the mainstream. It was his first #1 hit song and the song responsible for his entire recording career.

  • Single - NKTOB

    The Boston boys also worked with Ne-yo.  The song was produced by Polow da Don and Ne-Yo actually recorded his own version for his album “Year of the Gentleman.”

  • Walk Away - Paula DeAnda

    Christina Milian also had songwriting credits here and Stargate also produced it. It became Paula’s first top 20 single.

  • Gallery - Mario Vazquez

    The debut single for Mario Vazquez, it was also produced by Stargate. It would go on to reach #35 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

  • Hate That I Love You - Rihanna and Ne-Yo

    Song for her third studio album “Good Girl Gone Bad.” It reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

  • Give Me Everything - Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer

    This song became the first #1 single for Pitbull, Afrojack and Nayer.  An actual lawsuit came from this song from Lindsay Lohan who sued them for using her name in the song.

  • Rocket - En Vogue

    The song because En Vogue’s first top 10 hit in 20 years when it was released in 2017.  The song peaked at number eight on BillboardAdult R&B Songs chart.

  • Not Anymore - LaToya

    The lead single for LeToya’s second studio album. It charted at #18 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart.

  • Bossy - Lindsay Lohan

    Yes Stargate was featured on this song too. The song reached #1 on a Dance Chart here in the US but was not well received elsewhere.

  • Unfaithful - Rihanna

    Teamed up once again with Stargate for this song about a woman’s own infidelity.  It was originally titled “Murderer.” It peaked at #6 on the Billboard  Hot 100 chart.

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