13 Career-Making Songs Rejected By Other Singers

It's so hard to imagine anyone besides Britney Spears asking us to hit her, baby, one more time, or someone other than Fergie informing us about her humps, but there was a time when these iconic tracks were being offered to other big name singers.
  • Telephone


    Lady Gaga actually wrote her Beyoncé-infused smash hit for Britney Spears, but she rejected it. Rather than give up on it, Gaga sang it herself and added it to her collection of pop successes.

  • …Baby One More Time

    …Baby One More Time

    Britney Spears' debut hit "...Baby One More Time" was actually originally offered to the hot girl group of the time, TLC. TLC made the wise choice to pass on the song, which they said sounded too childish. Spears embraced the juvenile quality of the song in her voice and music video and became an overnight celebrity.

  • Toxic


    Britney Spears scored her iconic track "Toxic" after Kylie Minogue turned it down. Known for her hit “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” Minogue greatly regretted passing on “Toxic” after it became a worldwide smash hit.

  • I’m A Slave 4 U

    I’m A Slave 4 U

    Britney also nabbed "I'm A Slave 4 U" after Janet Jackson rejected it. Imagine that — it could have been Janet on that VMA stage with a yellow boa contrictor!

  • Rock Your Body

    Rock Your Body

    Michael Jackson passed on "Rock Your Body" and a number of other tracks that ended up on Justin Timberlake’s first solo album, “Justified.” In a way, Timberlake has Jackson to thank for giving him the tracks that launched him into his solo stardom.

  • Don’t Cha

    Don’t Cha

    We could have all been wishing our girlfriends were hot like Paris Hilton if the heiress-turned-kinda-singer didn’t turn down "Don't Cha" for her CD. Instead, the Pussycat Dolls scored a hit.

  • S.O.S.


    Christina Milian made the terrible decision to turn down “S.O.S.,” which Rihanna scooped up and rode to superstardom. Christina Milian has never surpassed one-hit-wonder status since the release of “Dip It Low” in 2004.

  • Disturbia


    Chris Brown co-penned "Disturbia" for inclusion on his album but decided to record his single “Forever” in its place. He gave his rejects to then-girlfriend Rihanna instead, who turned it into a hit.

  • Umbrella


    Another Rihanna steal! "Umbrella" was originally meant for Britney Spears as a comeback vehicle after her public struggles in the mid-2000’s. Instead, Rihanna used it to reinvent her sound.

  • Since U Been Gone

    Since U Been Gone

    Kelly Clarkson's breakout, and probably biggest, hit was originally offered to Pink and Hilary Duff before Clive Davis suggested the original “American Idol” take a crack at it.

  • My Humps

    My Humps

    It might not be a huge surprise that this female-heavy super-sexual club banger was originally meant for the Pussycat Dolls, but Fergie showed the world she had enough humps all by herself when the Black Eyed Peas made it into a hit.

  • Milkshake


    Britney Spears’ milkshake just didn’t bring the boys to the yard, I guess. The superstar passed, and Kelis went from an unknown artist to hearing her song everywhere soon afterwards.

  • Let’s Get Loud

    Let’s Get Loud

    Gloria Estefan co-wrote “Let’s Get Loud” for herself to sing, but decided to pass on it. Jennifer Lopez snagged the hit instead.

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