When it comes to producing and writing pop hits, Ryan Tedder has “All the Right Moves.”
In addition to fronting the internationally beloved pop-rock act OneRepublic, Tedder has crafted chart-toppers for modern music royalty, from Taylor Swift to mononymous powerhouses Adele and Beyoncé.
But the Oklahoma native, 37, admits some of his songs’ success has caught him off-guard. In 2006, OneRepublic released a stripped-down version of their tune “Apologize” on MySpace, and it became a hit online. But it didn’t break big until the following year, when they teamed up with producer Timbaland to released a synthy version of the track.
“I didn’t think that remix was a hit,” Tedder recalls. “When I heard the remix, I was like, ‘I don’t think this is gonna work.’”
PEOPLE caught up with the musician — who with OneRepublic recently released their new album Oh My My — about his hit-making process, which of his band’s new songs he hopes tops the charts and why he thinks his songs translate better overseas.