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