Imagine saying no to what could have been the biggest hit song of your career.
A common practice in the music industry is for songwriters to pitch a song to several different artists until they find one who wants to record it. The music business is a business after all.
In hindsight, it’s easy to say “How could Britney turn down Umbrella?! How could Kylie turn down Toxic?” However, it’s not always obvious when a song is destined to become massively popular, especially when a song is still going through the various stages of production to become the final version we all hear. Also, no matter how good a song is, sometimes an artist may just not connect with it personally.
There are many famous cases of pop stars who passed on some of the biggest songs in the world. Check below for the Spotify playlist of songs that were written for someone else!
|Song||Released By||Rejected By|
|Toxic||Britney Spears||Kylie Minogue|
|Come and Get It||Selena Gomez||Rihanna|
|We Can’t Stop||Miley Cyrus||Rihanna|
|Telephone||Lady Gaga||Britney Spears|
|Since You Been Gone||Kelly Clarkson||Hilary Duff|
|Miss Independent||Kelly Clarkson||Christina Aguilera|
|Don’t Cha||Pussycat Dolls||Paris Hilton|
|How Will I Know||Whitney Houston||Janet Jackson|
|I’m a Slave For You||Britney Spears||Janet Jackson|
|Pretty Hurts||Beyoncé||Katy Perry, Rihanna|
|Black Widow||Iggy Azalia||Katy Perry|
|Let’s Get Loud||Jennifer Lopez||Gloria Estefan|
|…Baby One More Time||Britney Spears||TLC|
|I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing||Aerosmith||Celine Dion|
|Rock Your Body||Justin Timberlake||Michael Jackson|
|Shape of You||Ed Sheeran||Rihanna|
|Physical||Olivia Newtown John||Rod Stewart|
|Call Me||Blondie||Stevie Knicks|
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