Deep down, in the darkest corners of our subconscious, we have an eerie, inescapable feeling that there is only one diabolical, haunting yet undeniably talented man responsible for every summer hit since 2000.
His name is Dr. Luke.
A guitar-playing dropout from the Manhattan School of Music, Luke eventually found a gig at SNL, and stayed there for ten years, up until 2007. His SNL gig didn’t stop him from pumping out Billboard Number Ones, however. His first major hit, Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson, came out in 2004. Since then, he’s added an insane number of monster singles to his collection:
In chronological order:
Behind These Hazel Eyes by Kelly Clarkson
Just Want You to Know by The Backstreet Boys
Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
Hot n’ Cold by Katy Perry
I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson
Right Round by Flo Rida
Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus
Tik Tok by Ke$ha
Your Love is My Drug by Ke$ha
California Gurls by Katy Perry
Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
And way too many more. The guy is absolutely absurd. I read about him in this article from New York Magazine from June 20th.
Now our worst fears are confirmed: all of the pop stars we know and love are actually talentless coattail-riders of a music school dropout! Too harsh? Probably not.