Most people only know pop star Sia as the woman who wears crazy wigs, doesn’t show her face in public and features former “Dance Moms” star Maddie Ziegler in all her videos, but, in all reality, the 40-year-old artist has had a much bigger influence on the world of music and entertainment than you probably even realize.
Starting her career in the mid-1990s, Sia has slowly and passionately been building a name for herself. But even before Sia became the Sia we know her as today, she was penning some of the industry’s hottest tracks.
Fun fact: it wasn’t even until 2012 that she started hiding her face with those famous black and white wigs.
23 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written By Sia:
1. “Titanium” // David Guetta
Sia both sang and wrote the lyrics for this collaboration.
Allegedly, it only took her 30 minutes to pen the lyrics and 40 minutes to record her part on the track — so impressive.
2. “Pretty Hurts” // Beyonce
Sia apparently originally pitched this song to Katy Perry, but when she turned it down, the song went out to both Beyonce and Rihanna.
Beyonce put the money down first and the song became hers.
3. “Diamonds” // Rihanna
Allegedly, as amends for Rihanna losing out to Beyonce for “Pretty Hurts,” Sia wrote “Diamond” (in 12 minutes) for the soulful singer.
The song that was probably Rihanna’s most famous song until “Work,” went on to be Rihanna’s 12th single to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
4. “Bound to You” // Christina Aguilera
“Bound to You,” which Sia wrote for the movie “Burlesque,” earned the artist her very first Golden Globe nod for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.
5. “Cannonball” // Lea Michele
In the days after the tragic and unexpected death of Lea Michele’s on and off-screen love, Cory Monteith, Sia wrote “Cannonball” for the “Glee” star as a way to cope with the loss.
It appeared on her album Louder.
6. “Radioactive” // Rita Ora
Along with producer Greg Kurstin, Sia penned this song for Rita Ora’s debut studio album Ora.
7. We Are One (Ole Ola) // Pitbull
“We Are One,” better known as the 2014 world cup song, had a small team writers, including Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, on it, but the song’s original idea and draft is credited to Sia.
8. “Wild Ones” // Flo Rida
After the raging success of “Titanium,” David Guetta invited Sia to once again partner with him on Flo Rida’s album Wild Ones.
9. “Double Rainbow” // Katy Perry
Sia collaborated with Katy Perry on this Prism hit.
10. “Perfume” // Britney Spears
Along with “Passenger” and “Brightest Morning Star,” Sia co-wrote “Perfume” for Britney Spears’ album Prism.
11. “Let Me Love You (Until I Learn To Love Myself)” // Neyo
Sia is one of six artists credited for the penning “Let Me Love You,” but she solely wrote the chorus and lent her vocals for the track.
Sia co-wrote this tender love song alongside the men of Maroon 5.
13. “Chasing Shadows” // Shakira
Sia penned this synth-pop hit for Shakira’s self-titled 2014 album. It went on to be the only real success off the album.
14. “Let Your Tears Fall” // Kelly Clarkson
Sia penned this song for Kelly Clarkson’s Piece By Piece.
15. “Boy Problems” // Carly Rae Jepson
Sia wrote this bubble gum pop hit for Carly Rae Jepson’s 2015 album E•MO•TION.
And yes, that’s Sia’s voice at the beginning of the music video.
16. “Get Over U” // Neon Hitch
Sia wrote this song for English singer-songwriter Neon Hitch’s Get Over U EP.
We kind of think this would have been a much bigger hit if it had been put in the hands of a more well-known artist.
17. “Expertease (Ready, Set, Go) // Jennifer Lopez
Sia penned this intimate pop hit for J-Lo’s album A.K.A.
18. “Battlefield” // Lea Michele
19. “Kiss Me Once” // Kylie Minogue
20. “Brightest Morning Star” // Britney Spears
21. “Blank Page” // Christina Aguilera
22. “Opportunity” // Quvenzhané Wallis
23. “Passenger” // Britney Spears