Ammar Malik

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Ammar Malik
Born (1987-06-22) June 22, 1987 (age 32)
OriginNorthern Virginia
GenresPop, pop rock, alternative hip hop, reggae
Occupation(s)Songwriter, musician
Associated actsMaroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, Taio Cruz,[1] Sean Paul,[2] Benny Blanco, Dr. Luke[3]

Ammar Malik (born June 22, 1987) is an American professional songwriter. He has co-written several modern pop songs, most notably Maroon 5's "Moves like Jagger" and Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts" which have both been certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.[3] He tied for 17th place in Songtrust's publication of the top 20 songwriters of 2011.[4] Ammar Malik's songs have sold over 100 million copies worldwide in total.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Ammar Malik is a first-generation American born to Pakistani parents in Northern Virginia.[5][6] He first started learning guitar when he was 14.[7] As a high school and college student he wrote and performed music locally with several different bands. Malik attended George Mason University as an English major.[5]


Malik's close friend and co-manager David Silberstein had a childhood connection to producer Benny Blanco along with his brother and now co-manager Jeremy Levin. After Malik and Blanco were introduced, Blanco suggested he try his hand at writing songs for other artists.[5] Though Malik had intentions of being an artist himself, when nearing the end of college he decided to give it a shot. In an interview Malik said that two of his biggest influences are Radiohead and Rx Bandits.[3] He also co-wrote "Compass" by Lady Antebellum in 2013's single.

In 2013 Malik won the coveted BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year title, along with Benny Blanco, and Claude Kelly.[8] Each contributed four songs to the year's most performed list. Malik co-penned "Ass Back Home", "Moves Like Jagger, "Payphone" and "Stereo Hearts".[8] Benny Blanco, Adam Levine and Ammar Malik also clinched BMI Pop Song of the Year honors for their co-write of "Moves Like Jagger".[8]

Songwriting discography[edit]

Year Artist(s) Song Album
2011 Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera "Moves like Jagger" Hands All Over
Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine "Stereo Hearts" The Papercut Chronicles II
Gym Class Heroes ft. Neon Hitch "Ass Back Home"
Taio Cruz "Make It Last Forever" TY.O
2012 Sean Paul "Put It on You" Tomahawk Technique
Maroon 5 "Payphone" Overexposed
"Beautiful Goodbye"
B.o.B ft. Taylor Swift "Both of Us" Strange Clouds
Adam Lambert "Naked Love" Trespassing
Rome "Seasons" Dedication EP
"Oz of Love"
Marina and the Diamonds "How to be a Heartbreaker" Electra Heart
Cher Lloyd feat. Becky G "Oath" Sticks + Stones
Kesha "Thinking of You" Warrior
"Last Goodbye"
2013 Wallpaper. "Drunken Hearts" Ricky Reed is Real
Keith Urban "Shame"[9] Fuse
Travie McCoy "Rough Water" Rough Water
Twin Forks "Cross My Mind" Twin Forks
Jessie J "Excuse My Rude" Alive
"Harder We Fall"
Lady Antebellum "Compass" Golden
Gavin Degraw "Make A Move" Make a Move
Rixton "Make Out" TBA
James Blunt "Always Hate Me" Moon Landing
Mikky Ekko "Place for Us" The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2014 Rixton "Me and My Broken Heart" Me and My Broken Heart EP
Pitbull ft. G. R. L "Wild Wild Love" Globalization
Maroon 5 "Maps" V
"Leaving California"
"Shoot Love"
Jason Mraz "Quiet" Yes!
Nick Jonas "Chains" Nick Jonas
Ariana Grande "Why Try" My Everything
James Blunt "When I Find Love Again" Moon Landing (Apollo Edition)
"Trail of Broken Hearts"
2015 Olly Murs "Seasons" Never Been Better
Rixton "Whole" Let the Road
"We All Want the Same Thing"
"I Like Girls"
Prince Royce "Double Vision" Double Vision
Max Frost "Withdrawal" Withdrawal
BØRNS "The Fool" Dopamine
Matt McAndrew "Counting On Love" Counting On Love
Cashmere Cat "Adore (feat. Ariana Grande)" Adore
JoJo "When Love Hurts" III
One Direction "I Want to Write You a Song" Made In The A.M.
The Vamps "Wake Up" Wake Up
"Be With You"
"I Found A Girl"
2016 DJ Snake "Sober (feat. JRY)" Encore
Birdy "Lifted" Beautiful Lies
Olivia Holt "Phoenix" Olivia
Reggie 'n' Bollie "New Girl" New Girl - Single
Matoma "Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My)" The Angry Birds Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
5 Seconds of Summer "Girls Talk Boys" Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Selena Gomez "Feel Me" TBD
Martina Stoessel "Don't Cry for Me" Tini
Maroon 5 "Don't Wanna Know (feat. Kendrick Lamar)" Don't Wanna Know - Single
Clean Bandit "Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie)" What Is Love?
OneRepublic "Born" Oh My My
Robin Schultz, David Guetta & Cheat Codes "Shed A Light" Shed A Light - Single
2017 Ed Sheeran "New Man" Divide
Clean Bandit "Symphony (feat. Zara Larsson)" What Is Love?
Zara Larsson "Sundown" So Good
Jessie Ware "Selfish Love" TBA
Maroon 5 "Wait", "Who I Am"
(featuring LunchMoney Lewis), "Closure"
Red Pill Blues
2018 Lost Frequencies "Melody (feat. James Blunt)" Melody - Single
Galantis "Spaceships (feat. Uffie)" Spaceships - Single
2019 Weezer "I'm Just Being Honest" Weezer (Black Album)
Thomas Rhett "Look What God Gave Her" Center Point Road


  1. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: MALIK AMMAR". BMI. Retrieved February 17, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Credits for PUT IT ON YOU". ASCAP. Retrieved February 17, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "10 Questions: Ammar Malik". BMI Music World. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  4. ^ "Top 20 Songwriters of 2011". Songtrust. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Songwriter Profile: Ammar Malik". Music Connection. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Without Ammar Malik, Maroon 5 Wouldn't Have Moves Like Jagger". Divanee. October 4, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  7. ^ "He's Got Us Moving Like Jagger". Newsweek Pakistan. Archived from the original on December 28, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c "Adam Levine Receives President's Award at 61st Annual BMI Pop Awards". Music Connection. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  9. ^ "Keith Urban Lights The 'Fuse' This Fall". Retrieved August 8, 2013.