They Wrote That? 14 Songwriters Behind Your Favorite Hit Tracks

Did you know that once upon a time, Kandi Burruss wrote "No Scrubs" for TLC? Flip through our gallery to see some other surprising faces behind the lyrics of your favorite songs.

Taylor Lewis May, 12, 2015

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Wrote: Beyonce's "Irreplaceable," Rihanna's "Take a Bow" and more

Surprise! The fedora-clad singer is the voice behind some of your favorite female power anthems. And be sure to keep an ear out for him on the next season of Empire: He is slated to work alongside Timbaland as one of the show's music producers.

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Wrote: Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)," Justin Bieber's "Baby," Rihanna's "Umbrella" and more

He co-wrote "Baby" with his then-girlfriend Christina Milian and Ludacris.

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Wrote: Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone"

Which explains why you always want to turn on "I Believe I Can Fly" right after you listen to "You Are Not Alone."

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Wrote: Rihanna's "Disturbia"

Breezy wrote the song for RiRi shortly before the two started dating in 2008.

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Wrote: Britney Spears' "Gimme More," LeToya Luckett's "What Love Can Do," Ludacris' "Pimpin' All Over the World"

Before she was a singer, Keri wrote hits for some of the biggest names in the business, including Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Jennifer Lopez.

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Wrote: Kanye West's "Good Life"

Sure, we all know that Quincy is a musical god, but did you know he wrote this Kanye hit?

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Wrote: Keyshia Cole's "Love," Alicia Key's "You Don't Know My Name," John Legend's "Heaven" and more

Kanye's songwriting abilities show his vulnerable side (and we like it!).

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Wrote: The Pussycat Doll's "Don't Cha"

Yes, you read that right! Not only that, but he wrote the song with the help of Cee Lo Green and Busta Rhymes.

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Wrote: Destiny's Child "Bills, Bills, Bills," TLC's "No Scrubs"

Kandi made her mark as a singer-songwriter long before she was cast on Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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Wrote: Madonna's "Love Song," Jay Z and Beyonce's "'03 Bonnie & Clyde"

Prince is too fabulous (and talented) to keep it all to himself!

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Wrote: Aretha Franklin's "Respect"

"Respect" was originally Otis' song, but once he gave it to Aretha Franklin, its popularity skyrocketed.

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Wrote: Beyonce's "Drunk in Love," Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack"

Not only is Timbaland one of the biggest names in music, but he's behind some of the hottest songs, too.

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Wrote: Too many to count!

The legendary singer-songwriter has touched everything from Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You" to Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight." If you need a refresher, check out our list