7 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written Or Produced By Ne-Yo

The two-time Soul Train Awards winner has written songs for some of the hottest acts of today.

The ability to create a smash record isn’t a skill set many possess in the music industry--let alone writing one that you know will be a success for another artist.

Since getting his start in the late 90’s, Ne-Yo has since gone on to write songs for global superstars such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Mario and among others--many of which have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It’s clear that Ne-Yo has proven time and time again that when it comes to this thing called writing a great  r&b and soul record, the multifaceted artist is at the top of his class.

Here are six times Ne-Yo showed fans that not only can he sing but his pen game and producing skill are top notch.

  • Jennifer Hudson “Spotlight”

    Ne-Yo co-wrote and co-produced Hudson’s debut song with the production duo Stargate. The song went on to receive two Grammy nominations for "Best R&B Song" and "Best Female R&B Song".

  • Keri Hilson “Pretty Girl Rock”

    The two-time Soul Train Awards winner not only exuded soul and R&B in this track he co-wrote with Chuck Harmony, but it made for a great Black girl anthem. The accompanying music video paid tribute to some iconic female figures in music.

  • Mario "Let Me Love You"

    Not only did Ne-Yo write this 2004 hit - which went double platinum and spent nine weeks at the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 he also provided some background vocals.

  • LeToya “Not Anymore”

    This record was arguably checked off every box for a perfect soul record: it has the perfect tempo, the lyrics describing a relationship no longer worth pursuing and a video straight out of Motown.

  • En Vogue “Rocket”

    The iconic girl group tapped Ne-Yo after returning for their seventh studio album Electric Café. The track debuted at number 28 on the US Billboard Adult R&B Songs.

  • Rihanna "Take A Bow"

    Ne-Yo and Stargate teamed up again for this classic top-charting R&B ballad from Rihanna that went on to become quadruple platinum. However, it wouldn’t be the last time Ne-Yo would come through for the Barbadian music queen.

    Watch the 2021 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

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