Last week we heard in an interview with Nicole Scherzinger (Pussy Cat Dolls) that she had the opportunity to sing on Calvin Harris' hit song 'We Found Love' but turned it down because she was too busy. Rihanna ended up jumping on the track and turned it into her biggest hit of all time. It got us wondering if any other artist had a similar experience and it turns out it happens pretty often!
Check out this list of songs that were originally meant for someone else that went on to become mega hits!
1. Lady Gaga - Telephone
Lady Gaga originally wrote the song for Britney Spears but Britney turned it down! Lady Gaga ended up saving it for herself.
2. Rihanna - Disturbia
Originally written by Chris Brown for his own album. He opted to record a different song instead and gave it to his girlfriend.
3. Garth Brooks - Friends in Low Places
Originally written for country singer Mark Chesnutt.
4. Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
Originally written for Michael Jackson! Michael turned it down and Timberlake ended up buying the song years later.
5. Kelly Clarkson - Since You've Been Gone
Originally written for Pink, then passed on by Hilary Duff as well. It then was given to Kelly who turned it into a mega hit.
6. Britney Spears - Baby One More Time
Believe it or not it was originally written for TLC. It was supposed to be on their album which featured hits like No Scrubs. The song went on to make Britney a mega star!
7. Kanye West - Gold Digger
One of Kanye's biggest hits was originally written for rapper Shawnna.
8. Rihanna - S.O.S.
Rihannas hit single originally penned for Christina Milan who passed.
9. Rihanna - Umbrella
Rihanna's break out hit was originally written for Britney Spears!! It was supposed to be her comeback hit but she passed.
10. Britney Spears - Toxic
The song was first written for Kylie Minogue. Kylie first heard the demo version and hated it. She passed and Britney made it a #1 single!
It's pretty fascinating how some of these choices affected so many careers! There are even more songs that were passed on as well and you can check out the full list right here!