45 Surprising Facts About The Biggest Songs Of 2014

from Buzzfeed

1. Beyoncé considered recording Meghan Trainor’s summer hit “All About That Bass.”

2. The choir in the background of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is really just his voice layered 20 times.

3. Charli XCX wrote “Boom Clap” for Hilary Duff but was told it wasn’t “cool enough” for the former teen queen.

4. Before MKTO’s Malcolm Kelley topped the charts with “Classic,” he played Walton ABC’s Lost.

5. The Ying Yang Twins recorded a verse for Ariana Grande’s song “Problem” before she insisted producers reach out to Iggy Azalea.

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6. Ed Sheeran removed the word “fuck” from the studio version of “Don’t” because of a taxi driver who didn’t want to let his daughter listen to music with explicit lyrics.

7. The reference to Michelle Pfeiffer in “Riptide” was inspired by Vance Joy’s childhood crush on Catwoman.

8. Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora’s collaboration “Black Widow” was written by Katy Perry.

9. Kendrick Lamar wrote his joyful, self-esteem anthem “i” during a period of depression and insecurity.

10. Nicki Minaj broke the record for most Vevo views in a single day with the video for “Anaconda.” In just the 24 hours after its release, the clip was watched 19.6 million times.

45 Surprising Facts About The Biggest Songs Of 2014

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11. Tinashe coined the phrase “2 On” to replace “turn up.”

12. The female voice on The Chainsmokers’ “#Selfie” belongs to New York finance student Alexis Campisi.

13. Lorde cold-called Kanye West to ask him to remix “Yellow Flicker Beat” forThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack.

14. Eve and Gwen Stefani’s 2001 collaboration “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” inspired Charli XCX to collaborate with Iggy Azalea on “Fancy.”

15. EDM powerhouse Avicii didn’t just produce Coldplay’s “A Sky Full Of Stars,” he’s also the pianist on the song.

Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

16. While shooting the music video for “Shake If Off,” producers played heavy metal music outside the soundstage to prevent anyone from hearing the song before its release.

17. After Drake’s remix of “Tuesday” I LOVE MAKONNEN considered dropping a new remix of the song every Tuesday for an entire year.

18. Fifth Harmony’s single “Sledgehammer” was co-written by Meghan Trainor.

19. Clean Bandit were inspired by Rosie Gaines’ 1995 dance-floor anthem “Closer Than Close” when writing their hit “Rather Be.”

20. Taylor Swift convinced Ed Sheeran to release the Pharrell-produced “Sing” as the lead single from x instead of his first choice, “One.”

45 Surprising Facts About The Biggest Songs Of 2014

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21. Grimes originally wrote “Go” for Rihanna.

22. Instead of using Suzanne Vega’s original vocals, Fall Out Boy had labelmate Lolo sing the “Tom’s Diner” sample in “Centuries.”

23. Jason Derulo and producer Ricky Reed bought the toy flute used on “Wiggle” at Party City.

24. The nonsensical lyrics in Ariana Grande’s single “Break Free” were songwriter Max Martin’s idea.

25. Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Nigga” repurposes the beat from Lloyd Banks’ 2012 song “Jackpot.”

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26. Iggy Azalea has Charli XCX to thank for the hooks on both “Fancy” and “Beg For It.”

27. Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong?” charted in Scandinavia and South Africa a full year before it came to the United States.

28. Bleachers’ frontman Jack Antonoff recruited girlfriend Lena Dunham to direct the music video for “I Wanna Get Better.”

29. Brit Ella Henderson wrote and recorded her hit single “Ghost” on her eighteenth birthday.

30. While the line “If you want, you can pet on my Harley” from Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze” sounds dirty, it’s really a reference to Tyler Hubbard’s dog. The country singer has a golden retriever named Harley.

45 Surprising Facts About The Biggest Songs Of 2014

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31. Ariana Grande and The Weeknd’s collaboration “Love Me Harder” was astrategic decision by their record label to promote The Weeknd before his major label debut in 2015.

32. Recording “Uptown Funk” was so stressful for producer Mark Ronson that he fainted once and threw up three times during the process.

33. Tae and Maddie’s bro country take-down “Girl In A Country Song” specifically references Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl,” Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here,” Trace Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” Thomas Rhett ‘s “Get Me Some of That,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On,” Chris Young’s “Aw Naw,” and Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party.”

34. Jeremih’s comeback single “Don’t Tell ‘Em” wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the success of “Show Me,” a song he helped write for Kid Ink and Chris Brown.

35. With “Birthday” Katy Perry wanted to write a song that sounded like ’90s Mariah Carey.

Capitol Records

Capitol Records

36. Sia wrote “Chandelier” about her struggles with alcoholism.

37. On the day of the video shoot for “Hideaway” Kiesza broke a rib. She danced through the pain for exactly two takes.

38. Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” was written by Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line.

39. “Therapy” is one of four songs Sam Smith helped Mary J. Blige write.

40. Taylor Swift became the first female artist to replace herself at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when “Blank Space” overtook “Shake It Off” for the top spot.

45 Surprising Facts About The Biggest Songs Of 2014

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41. Miranda Lambert bought Carrie Underwood a motorcycle as a thank you present for dueting on “Somethin’ Bad.”

42. 5 Seconds Of Summer’s hit “Amnesia” was co-written by pop-punk icons Benji and Joel Madden.

43. The emotional video for Selena Gomez’s single “The Heart Wants What It Wants” was filmed a full year before its release.

44. The lyrics to Katy Perry’s song “This Is How We Do” reference La Super Rica, a popular taqueria in her hometown of Santa Barbara.

45. Pitbull was featured on the album version of Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty” only to be replaced by Iggy Azalea on the single.

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