10 Songs You Didn’t Know Charlie Puth Wrote for Other Artists

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Gifted with that distinct falsetto and perfect pitch, before he was 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. In addition to 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 of the 2015 film—the artist has also continued to co-write and produce a number of songs for other artists, including John Legend, Maroon 5, former One Direction member Liam Payne and many others.

Approaching the release of his third, and most personal, album, Charlie, Puth has continued sharing his songs and co-writing across genres. Here’s a look at 10 songs Puth wrote 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 the DreamWorks animated film Penguins Of Madagascar, “Celebrate” was one of the first songs Charlie Puth ever co-wrote. The song was later released on Pitbull’s eighth studio album Globalization.

2. “Broke,” Jason Derulo, featuring 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 started when the two met and had a chance to talk at a White House dinner.

“At that moment I had a song ready ‘Broke,’ which featured a harmonica, and so I proposed to him to play it thinking how nice it would be to have the legendary Stevie Wonder in one of my songs,” said Derulo. “He accepted with enthusiasm, and I then also proposed to him to sing. His response was, ‘If I listen to the song on the radio and I don’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

Off Thomas Rhett’s second album, Tangled Up, “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 (Work), 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),” lyrically pays homage to hard workers—Early in the morning / I’m wrapped in the couch / It smells like struggle / Will you open up the door / Everybody got to crying / I got hustle in my blood / A little bit is not enough—and was released on Green’s fifth studio album, Heart Blanche, featuring a collection of collaborations including Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Mark Ronson, and more.

5. “So Good,” Zara Larsson, featuring Ty Dolla $ign (2017)
Written by Charlie Puth, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Gamal Lewis, Danny Schofield

Released as the fifth single off Swedish pop singer Zara Larsson’s international debut, So Good, the title track hit the Top 10 in Europe and Top 40 in the U.S. and was co-written and produced by Puth. Released when Larsson was just 19, the album became “the second most-streamed debut on Spotify by a female artist ever.”

6. “Lips On You,” Maroon 5 (2017)
Written by Charlie Puth, Adam Levine, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Julia Michaels, Jason Evigan

Though Puth initially wanted to keep his collaboration with friend and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine under wraps, he is credited with co-writing the band’s more intimate track, “Lips On You,” off their sixth album Red Pill Blues. “I like to see people react to the music, and sometimes if my name’s attached to it, they feel like they have to feel a certain way,” said Puth. “But it leaked 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 off former One Direction member Liam Payne’s debut album LP1 in 2017 and gave the artist some radio play and chart access in the U.S. “It’s just a great song,” said Payne 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 the Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer, “Easier” was the lead single off their fourth album Calm. The video, showing the group performing in a blue-lit cave, has pulled in more than 62 million views (to date) on YouTube. In addition to the album version, the band also released alternate versions of “Easier,” including “Easier – Live from the Vault” with two remixes, one by Seeb and another 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 off the artist’s 2020 EP Citizens. The lyrics metaphorically explore the grief of lovers once they’ve parted ways and attempt to reconnect by walking through minefields.

I didn’t notice what I lost
Until all the lights were off
And not knowing what you’re up to tortured me

Now this might be a mistake
We’re broken in so many ways
But I piece us back together slowly

Faouzia and Legend performed the song together on a number of occasions, including a 2021 appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

10. “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 MuleIsaac De Boni, Subhaan Rahmaan

The lead single off Australian rapper The Kid Laroi’s mixtape, F*ck Love 3: Over You, “Stay” is the second collaboration between Laroi and Bieber. Both artists first worked together on Bieber’s song “Unstable,” off his sixth studio album, Justice, also released in 2021. “Stay” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Laroi’s first chart-topping hit.

Photo: Gabriela Hansen/Atlantic Records

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