10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists

by Ivana Hamilton February 24, 2019

10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists

There are many factors that make a hit from who sings it to the lyrics or the music video. It seems that those chart-topping artists can recognize a good song after the first hearing. It turns out that the music industry doesn’t work that way. Sometimes a song goes from artist to artist until it finds the right vocal. Can you imagine Britney Spears singing Rihanna’s smash hit“Umbrella?”She couldn’t as well, so her team rejected to record the infamous song! Take a look at all the biggest hits that were almost sang by someone else.

1. Gloria Estefan nearly sang Mariah Carey's"Hero"

10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists Mariah Carey HeroPhoto Source: Music Video

“Hero” was co-written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff for the 1992 namesake movie. The duo didn’t plan on keeping the song and intended to have Gloria Estefan sing it. However, after composing the song they realized how special and inspirational it was, so they decided to keep it for Mariah album“Music Box.”

2. Kylie Minogue Rejected Britney Spears’“Toxic”

10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists Britney Spears ToxicPhoto Source: Music Video

“Toxic” is so Britney that you can’t really think of a better fit for this sex-charged hit. However, Kylie Minogue is no stranger to sexy songs and videos, but who knows why she decided to pass on this catchy song. Sorry Kylie, but Britney really did justice to“Toxic!”

3. Paris Hilton Didn’t Like Pussycat Dolls’“Don’t Cha”

10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists Pussycat Dolls Don't Cha

Remember Paris Hilton’s less-than-stellar attempts to become a music star? Well, maybe if she accepted to sing“Don’t Cha,” she would’ve made at least one hit. However, she failed to recognize the hit-making potential of this dance single and deeply regretted:

“I did hear the song, but not in the format we all came to know and love. If I’d heard that, of course I’d have jumped at the chance.”

4. Janet Jackson Passed on Britney Spears’“I am Slave 4 You”

10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists Britney Spears I am a slave 4 youPhoto Source: Music Video

We can totally imagine Janet Jackson giving a steamy performance on “I am Slave 4 You.” This song with intense sexual connotation could’ve been her comeback hit if she agreed to record it. Anyway, Britney Spears was the one who ended up in the studio with this track that turned out to be one of her most memorable hits and performances. Who can possibly forget that performance with the giant snake wrapped around Spears’ statuesque figure!?

5. Celine Dion Almost Sang  Aerosmith’s“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”

10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists Aerosmith I don't Want To Miss A ThingPhoto Source: Music Video

One of Aerosmith’s most popular songs and the lead track for the movie“Armageddon” was originally intended for Celine Dion. Truth to be told, Celine would’ve probably killed it with her amazing vocal range, although Steven Tyler did an impressive job too!

6. Cee-Lo Green wasn’t Happy About Pharell Williams’“Happy”

10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists Pharrell Williams HappyPhoto Source: Music Video

Cee-Lo Green got in the studio and recorded some version of “Happy,” but eventually didn’t see it as a fit for him. At that time he also wanted to focus on his upcoming album, so he decided not to release it. His rejection brought Pharrell the most successful song of 2014, selling 13.9 million copies worldwide. The singer admitted that he also likes Cee-Lo Green’s version:

"He sounded amazing on it. He burns my version,"he said.

7. Britney Spears Ditched Rihanna’s and Jay-Z’s“Umbrella”

10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists Rihanna and Jay Z UmbrellaPhoto Source: Music Video

Britney Spears’ team heard“Umbrella”almost a year before it ended up in Rihanna’s hands. Shockingly enough, they decided to pass on it with an explanation that there are already struggling to get Spears to record several other tracks. Then, reps for Mary J. Blige and Rihanna received the song. Bad Gal was the one who got in the studio with Jay-Z to record one of the biggest hits ever that won multiple awards and topped many charts.

8. Selena Gomez's"Come & Get It" was Intended for Rihanna

10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists Selena Gomez Come and Get ItPhoto Source: Music Video

While Rihanna has made many hits out of songs that were originally intended for someone else, she missed the chance to record“Come & Get It.”It was a good deal for Selena Gomez - the song made it to No. 6 on Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first real hit.

9. Sia asked Katy Perry and Rihanna about"Pretty Hurts"Before Beyoncé

10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists Beyonce Pretty HurtsPhoto Source: Music Video

Sia sent Katy Perry an email offering her “Pretty Hurts,” but the singer never saw the message. On the other hand, Rihanna’s team was holding the song for too long without paying to secure it. Sia wasn’ going to let her potential hit sit around for months. So she presented the song to Beyonce, and the diva immediately closed the deal. Honestly, no one could’ve delivered“Pretty Hurts” better than Queen B!

10. Nicole Scherzinger turned down Rihanna's"We Found Love"

10 Hit Songs You Never Knew Were Meant For Other Artists Rihanna We Found LovePhoto Source: Music Video

Nicole Scherzinger wanted to take her solo career in another direction which is one of the reasons she turned down“We Found Love.”She was apparently“tired of dance music,” and too busy to record a huge hit. Rihanna took advantage of Nicole’s missed opportunity and topped charts with this song.

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