Ne-Yo celebrates 33 years today. After beginning his career as a songwriter, the Las Vegas native came to prominence after the success of Mario’s hit song “Let Me Love You.” Written by Ne-Yo, the recognition that he gained from the song led to his own record deal with Def Jam.
In addition to maintaining a very successful recording career, Ne-Yo still writes for other artists. His list of songs written for industry peers consists of Billboard Hot 100 singles and Grammy award winning hits.
Check out 10 of our favorite tracks written by the talented birthday boy, but made popular by others.
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Written by Ne-Yo, “Gallery” was a Top 40 hit in 2006 for Mario Vazquez. The thoughtful ballad experienced moderate success; peaking at number 15 on the Billboard Pop 100.
#9 “Pretty Girl Rock”
Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock”, co-written by Ne-Yo, was a critically acclaimed single on Hilson’s second album, No Boys Allowed. Charting on the Billboard Hot 100, the song was certified platinum selling over 1,000,000 digital copies.
Rihanna makes our list with “Unfaithful” from her second studio album, A Girl Like Me. Throughout their careers Ne-Yo and Rihanna have collaborated numerous times, proving that the handsome crooner and the Barbadian beauty can make beautiful music together.
#7 “Take a Bow”
Peaking at number one atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts, “Take a Bow” contributed to the 2008 world wind that was Rihanna. Taking the music industry by storm with her new “bad girl” image, “Take a Bow” has since been certified double platinum by the RIAA.
Released as the first single on Jennifer Hudson’s debut album, “Spotlight” introduced the American Idol star to the world as a bankable solo recording artist; further solidifying Ne-Yo’s role as one of the best songwriters in the industry. “Spotlight” was a critical and commercial success, charting on the Billboard Hot 100 and receiving two Grammy Award nominations.
#5 “Russian Roulette”
Rihanna’s internationally successful song “Russian Roulette”, was a top ten hit on the Billboard Top 100 charts. Written by Ne-Yo, it was the third time that the gifted songwriter and the R-rated songstress collaborated.
#4 “Flaws and All”
Beyonce’s “Flaws and All” was featured on the 2007 deluxe edition of her second studio album, B’Day. Co-written by Ne-Yo, the beautiful song illustrates Beyonce’s appreciation for her man’s unconditional love.
Chrisette Michele’s “Epiphany” was the first single from her second album. It was an R&B top 20 hit and still stands as her most successful single to date. Written by Ne-Yo, “Epiphany” was Michele’s first solo track on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Ne-Yo co-wrote “Irreplaceable”, the 2006 hit recorded by Beyonce for her B’Day album. The song was a huge commercial success; with a strong national and international presence. It stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 list for 10 consecutive weeks. The track went on win numerous awards and was even nominated for a Grammy. Rolling Stone placed it on their list of “Best Songs of the 2000s”.
#1 “Let Me Love You”
“Let Me Love You” makes our top spot because this is where it all started. Released in 2004, the success of the single garnered Ne-Yo notoriety in the industry as a notable songwriter, not to mention his own recording contract. The hit song received several awards including two Billboard Music Awards and a Grammy nomination. According to the Billboard Hot 100: Songs of the Decade it is the eighth most successful single.