Hit Songs That Were Originally Intended For Other Artists

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Hit Songs That Were Originally Intended For Other Artists

Hit Songs That Were Originally Intended For Other Artists

We love these chart-topping hits, but can you imagine if they were sung by different artists? Check out which track was originally meant for whom in the list below!

“Telephone” by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga may have written the famous hit, but she intended for it to be used on Britney Spears’ album “Circus.” But when she didn’t use it, Gaga put the track on her own album “Fame Monster.”

“Disturbia” by Rihanna

Ironically enough, this song was penned for Rihanna’s famous ex, Chris Brown, but when he decided to record “Forever” instead, he gave this track to Rihanna.

“Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake

While we can’t imagine anyone else singing this pop hit, we are still curious what it might have sounded like done by the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson.

“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson

This song went through several different artists before going to this American Idol star. First, Dr. Luke and Max Martin tried P!nk, and when she refused they tried Hilary Duff.

“Umbrella” by Rihanna

When Britney Spears was making her big comeback in 2007, this track was offered up for her new album. But since she had already finished recording it went to Rihanna who made it the No. 1 hit we know and love today.

“…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears

Imagine this pop hit as an R&B track. The song was originally offered to the “Waterfalls” singers, TLC. When they turned it down it ended up becoming Britney’s debut single.

“Halo” by Beyonce

After Leona Lewis won the UK X Factor, mentor Simon Cowell tried to get this track from Ryan Tedder. But with busy schedules, the song eventually went to the Queen Bee herself, Beyonce.

“Open Your Heart” by Madonna 

People often get the two confused what with their similar styles in the 80s, but they also shared similar tastes in tracks. The song, which was originally titled, “Follow Your Heart” was intended for Cyndi Lauper, but Madonna took it for herself, changed some lyrics and the title, and put it on her third album.

“We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus

It’s weird to imagine this song with anyone but Miley, but apparently it was offered to Rihanna first. Songwriter Mike Will Made It claims that Rihanna was more interested in another one of his tracks and never even listened this “We Can’t Stop.”

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Although Pharrell wrote and produced his hit single, he originally intended for it to go to Cee Lo Green. However, after Cee Lo recorded it, he didn’t like the feel of it and opted to let Pharrell take the track instead.

“Boom Clap” by Charlie XCX

As Charlie XCX was making her big breakout, this song was originally intended for Hilary Duff’s big comeback. But when Hilary turned it down, Charlie turned it into the big hit it is today.

“Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora

How different would this song have been without Iggy’s awesome rap track? The song was going to be on Katy Perry’s latest album, but it was cut at the last minute.

“Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato

This song has such significance to Demi’s big comeback, so it is crazy to think it was almost Jordin Spark’s single.

Related topics Beyonce, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna
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