Songs We Forget to Thank Pharrell For


Pharrell has done a lot in his glorious multi-decade career, in fact, he's done so much that sometimes it can be hard to keep track of all the songs he's masterminded. This is especially true in light of the fact that one of the major ways that he contributes to the pop, hip-hop and rap world is by producing and writing songs—a facet of the business that many fans with cursory knowledge often overlook.

But the production stylings of Pharrell and Chad Hugo—as The Neptunes—have viscerally shaped the sonic landscape of the past twenty years, and it's astonishing just how many huge hits Pharrell has had a hand in. In honor of his latest assist, Robin Thicke's #1 charting single "Blurred Lines," here's a few deeper cut tracks you might not have known Pharrell was involved in, and some very mainstream ones that might shock you as well.

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  • Nigel Dadswell

    Our generation’s Quincy Jones.

  • harmonicait

    fitting comparison!

  • rb

    Some of the unreleased stuff is pure classic.latrelle to cassie
    To omarion to mario. Thks to teddy reily to help get these guys started

  • beastwork

    i say this to folks all the time

  • K

    hes good, but kinda over rated

  • Nino Style

    Great selection!

  • rb

    The guys a genius imo. Most of the songs these are co produced/written with Chad Hugo. So this article should really be about both.

  • Fonso

    Babyface’s “There She Goes” was always one of my favorite Neptunes produced tracks.

  • Perverted Alchemist

    Now that’s the song that should have been on the list!

  • Perverted Alchemist

    What the hell? Snoop’s “Vato” made the list, but “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “Beautiful” did not? Last time I checked, those were produced by the Neptunes. Not only that, those two songs were the biggest singles of his career.

  • Dakota Uluilelata

    exactly, everyone knows the Neptunes did those tracks, this list is for songs that people forget or dont know are by them

  • Xdope

    Drop it like its hot

  • Dashing28

    I think none of these joints come as a surprise to anyone who’s been following them. Some of these are their career defining records! How about Common “Come Close” Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz “What’s That Sound” T.I “I’m Serious” Beanie Sigel “Don’t Stop” Jadakiss “Knock Yourself Out” or Robin Thicke “Wanna Love You Girl”

  • m and m

    no “drop it like its hot” ? bitch please

  • Flip

    Clispe- Grindin’ are you serious how is this not on there

  • Nelson Betancourt

    bc everybody thanks him for that on the regular….

  • Greg H

    The No Doubt song “Hella Good” came out in 2001, not 2005.
    Where is Busta Rhymes’ “What It Is” featuring Kelis? They could have included Slim Thug’s “Like a Boss”. Two other obscure Neptunes productions were Backstreet Boys “The Call (Neptunes Remix)” featuring Clipse and Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Neptunes Remix)” featuring Pharrell, and Kid Rock’s Cowboy (Neptunes Remix) featuring Pharrell.

  • Anita

    Frank Ocean’s Sweet Life

  • retrofreak

    What no SWV “Use your heart”??

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