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Elton John has called them "a huge influence on me as a songwriter"; Bono has said their catalog makes him "ill with envy." The Bee Gees' earliest hits ("New York Mining Disaster 1941," "To Love Somebody") were melancholy psychedelia, and their first U. Number One single, "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," was promptly covered by Al Green.
But when they took a stab at disco with 1975's "Jive Talkin'," their career kicked into an even higher gear.
Tim and Missy started working in earnest as a writing team in 1996, when they collaborated on most of Aaliyah's One in a Million.
"At certain tempo, the way Elvis sang was the result of copying Otis' demos," said Blackwell's friend Doc Pomus. Many singer-songwriters reach the point where they have too many great tunes to fit into a live show.
Taylor Swift reached that peak before she turned 21. She might be the youngest artist on this list — as you may have heard, she was born in 1989, the year Green Day released their first record.
America first discovered the Bee Gees with the 1977 disco soundtrack Saturday Night Fever.
But that multiplatinum triumph was just the tip of the iceberg: Australian brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb were massively successful songwriters for decades.