12 Songs You Didn’t Know Julia Michaels Wrote

Most high schoolers spend their lunch breaks listening to the biggest pop songs in the world, but for Julia Michaels, she was helping to write them. Starting in the music business while still a teen, Michaels eventually teamed up with writer Justin Tranter and together the two have made pop music history with their chart-topping hits.

Now having released her debut single “Issues,” Michaels is ready to step out of the recording booth and onto the stage.

This June will mark Julia Michaels’ first time performing at the iHeartRadio MMVAs, but in a way, she’s been here before. Michaels has penned tracks for some of the biggest pop stars in the world, including many who have performed at the award show in the past.

Check out 12 huge artists you may not know have songs written by Julia Michaels.


”Dive,” Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran’s highly anticipated third studio album Divide debuted at number one this year, thanks in part to the loving ballad “Dive” that Sheeran wrote alongside Julia Michaels.


“Kingdom Come,” Demi Lovato feat. Iggy Azalea

Demi Lovato and Julia Michaels first worked together in 2013 on Lovato’s track “Fire Starter.” The pair teamed again in 2015 for Lovato’s fifth studio album Confident, with Michaels co-writing “Waitin For You” feat. Sirah and “Kingdom Come” with fellow 2017 iHeartRadio MMVA performer Iggy Azalea.


“All In My Head (Flex),” Fifth Harmony

Michaels has been a part of Fifth Harmony’s career since the beginning, co-writing “Miss Movin’ On” from their 2013 debut EP Better Together. Michaels teamed up with the girl group again in 2016 to co-write their single “All In My Head (Flex).”


“Make Me Like You,” Gwen Stefani

Julia Michaels and her writing partner Justin Tratner co-wrote most of Gwen Stefani’s 2016 album This Is What The Truth Feels Like,, with Micheals’ writing credits only absent from two of the 12 tracks. Michaels and Stefani also worked together on the No Doubt front woman’s emotional comeback track “Used To Love You,” which was released in 2015 following the news of Stefani’s split from husband Gavin Rossdale.


“Close,” Nick Jonas Feat. Tove Lo

For the lead single from his third solo album Last Year Was Complicated, Michaels was one of the writers for Nick Jonas’ vulnerable and sexually charged “Close” with Tove Lo, a track Jonas performed at last year’s iHeartRadio MMVAs.


“Good For You,” Selena Gomez

Easily one of Michaels’ most successful professional relationships, her work with close friend Selena Gomez includes some of the former child star’s biggest and most mature hits, including “Hands To Myself,” “Me & The Rhythm,” “Slow Down,” and “Sober.”


“Heavy,” Linkin Park Feat. Kiiara

Julia Michaels worked with rock/rap veterans Linkin Park and newcomer Kiiara to help write one of the most exciting collaborations of the year.


“Sorry,” Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber’s 2015 disc Purpose included a little song called “Sorry.” You may have heard of it? The single is easily one of Michael’s biggest writing credits to date.


“Rock Bottom,” Hailee Steinfeld feat. DNCE

Julia Michaels was a big part of launching actor Hailee Steinfeld’s music career, helping to pen her debut single “Love Myself” and later her 2016 track “Rock Bottom,” which had the 2016 iHeartRadio MMVA performer Steinfeld teaming up with this year’s performer, DNCE.


“Slumber Party,” Britney Spears feat. Tinashe

Britney was back in 2016 thanks to her album Glory and a hit single “Slumber Party” written by Julia Michaels.


“Run,” Nicole Scherzinger

On Nicole Scherzinger’s 2014 disc Big Fat Lie, Michaels and Tratner worked with Felix Snow to craft a powerful ballad for the Pussycat Dolls frontwoman.


“Poison,” Rita Ora

Michaels worked with Ora on her 2015 track that has been credited at the English singers’ pop comeback.

Want more Julia Michaels? Watch Michaels’ video for “Issues,” and stream/purchase the Platinum-certified single now.