Today’s pop music landscape could have looked very, very different had a handful of famous artists accepted the tracks that were originally offered to them.
It’s pretty mind-blowing to consider that Rihanna almost never got to wow us with “Disturbia” because it was actually written by Chris Brown, who originally planned to include it on one of his albums (ironic, we know). Also, did you know that TLC was thisclose to recording ” … Baby One more Time,” the 1999 mega-hit that turned a Louisiana teenager by the name of Britney Spears into a bonafide pop culture icon?
Stars like Janet Jackson and her late brother Michael both passed on songs that would later go to Spears and Justin Timberlake, while Spears herself passed on plenty of pop tracks, including Rihanna‘s “Umbrella,” Lady Gaga‘s “Telephone,” and (many) others.
Obviously, classic pop songs could easily have become duds had every artist accepted every song offered to them, but it’s fun to see who passed on now-famous songs.
Click through the gallery to see 10 songs originally written for other singers, and let us know which shocked you most!