Zedd and Maren Morris' 'The Middle' has had quite the life...
‘The Middle’ by Zedd, Grey and Maren Morris was recorded by 12 different singers over a year-long period before finally being released and becoming a hit.
The song is currently number five in the US chart and has been streamed over 236 million times on Spotify.
“It was a super long process,” says Stefan Johnson of the production team Monsters & Strangerz. “You’re confident at the start, but the longer the song [sits around], the more you start feeling like it’s slipping.”
“We never lost the feeling for that song,” added his brother Jordan Johnson. “Even a year later, I, as a creator hadn’t gotten tired of it. It was special.”
Written with songwriter Sarah Aaron, the track was originally offered to Lovato, who initially “really liked it”, recording a version in May 2017, but eventually scrapping it, deeming it “too pop”.
After EDM star Zedd and musical duo Grey got involved, Cabello was tapped up to record a version in August of that year. However, Cabello decided to also pull out, saying that she didn’t “want any song to overshadow” her hit ‘Havana’.
Other artists to record versions of the song include Bebe Rexha, Tove Lo, Bishop Briggs, Carly Rae Jepsen, Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui, Daya and Elle King.
Anne-Marie then recorded a version in November, with her take even getting as far as having artwork and a release date. However, Zedd raised concerns after learning of the singer’s involvement with Marshmello on rival track ‘Friends’.
Country singer Maren Morris finally came into the picture, with the producers describing her as “the angel that saved us all” and saying that her version was “the best one yet”.
Charli XCX has also revealed that she was one of the singers to record the track, writing on Twitter that it was “waaayy too high in pitch for me & my 5am party voice”.
You can listen to the final version of ‘The Middle’ above.
‘The Middle’ was released in January. It peaked at number seven in the UK, going silver.