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This Video Shows Just How Many Hit Songs John Legend Helped Make

He really is a legend.

By Jackie Manno
This Town Ain't Big Enough for John and Blake | NBC's The Voice 2022

We all know John Legend as a Coach on The Voice and for hits such as “All of Me” and “Ordinary People,” but many might not know that the musical mastermind has been behind some of your favorite hits from the '90s and 2000s. A video Legend posted to his Instagram in November proves this. Watch, below. 

How to Watch

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Let's break this down more, shall we?

"Everything Is Everything" by Lauryn Hill

At the young age of 19, Legend made his first major appearance into the music scene by playing piano on the song “Everything Is Everything” by Lauryn Hill, a track off her iconic 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

According to Legend, he knew a friend of Hill’s who recommended Legend’s talent to Hill and brought him into a recording session. And the rest is history.

"Encore" by Jay-Z

Legend provided backup vocals and piano for this 2003 track, off Jay-Z’s career-defining album, The Black Album.

"Selfish" by Slum Village

A year later, Legend provided backup vocals in the chorus of this hip-hop hit.

"American Boy" by Estelle

Legend co-wrote this 2007 classic, performed by English singer Estelle. According to the Instagram video that he posted, Legend met Estelle at a chicken restaurant in Los Angeles. The two songwriters then wrote the lyrics together, a process that only took a few hours.

"You Don't Know My Name" by Alicia Keys

Legend sang backup vocals for this 2003 song. 

To see Legend put his musical collaborating skills into action, watch The Voice on NBC Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c and next day on Peacock.  

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