When songs become massive hits and we hear them hundreds of times, it's hard to imagine them sung by anyone else. But it's actually quite common in the music world for songs to be turned down and passed on to other artists. We're sure this lot and their management are kicking themselves for rejecting some of these hugely successful and big selling tracks...

1. Umbrella

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We all remember the smash hit song Umbrella, recorded by pop sensation Rihanna and featuring rap arist Jay-Z in 2007. It was a tune we couldn’t get out of our heads, managing to stay at number one in the UK for a cool 10 consecutive weeks. But did you know the song was originally written for Britney Spears – for her come-back onto the music scene – but her record label turned it down? Ouch!

 

2. Happy

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“Happy” was the biggest selling song of 2014 and it seemed people couldnt get enough of the catchy tune. Happy was written, produced and performed by Pharell Williams, but Williams originally wrote the song for Cee Lo Green. Cee Lo Green recorded the track – which Pharell recently announced sounded amazing – but Green’s management decided the singer needed to focus on his album and so Pharell released it instead.

 

3. Call Me

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Released in 1980 by Blondie, Call Me was the biggest selling single from the American band. But Debbie Harry was not in fact first choice for the track. The producer of the hit originally asked Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac to perform it. However, she was unable to because of contracts she had already signed with her record label.

 

4. Baby One More Time

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Britney may have had Umbrella taken from her grasps in her later years, but she got lucky when TLC turned down “Baby One More Time”. Spears snapped up the massive hit of the 90s, catapulting her career after its huge success.

 

5. Rock Your Body

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The dance hit was recorded by Justin Timberlake who released it as a single from his debut solo album Justified. But did you know who was originally offered the track? None other than the King of Pop, Michael Jackson! It was intended for MJ’s 2001 album Invinsible, but was turned down. Either way, we know both of the boys could pull out the moves to go along to it!

 

6. We Found Love

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Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s huge 2011 hit We Found Love became a Number One hit in 25 countries selling an impressive 6.5million copies. So ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Sherzinger was not too pleased to reveal she in fact was offered to sing on the track before Rihanna. She said she wanted a break from dance tracks and so turned down the opportunity, since regretting the decision.

7. How Will I Know

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It was one of Whitney’s biggest hits, but songwriters had originally written How Will I Know for Janet Jackson. However, after hearing the song, Jackson’s management declined the song. Still a party classic, it’s hard to imagine the song sung and produced in any other way.

 

8. Since U Been Gone

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Since U Been Gone became a massive hit for American pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson in 2004. The song is an uptempo pop rock track, but you may not have known it was originally written for singer Pink – however she turned it down. It was then offered to Hilary Duff, but it is reported her label turned it down as she couldn’t quite reach the high notes needed for the track. Luckily, Clarkson had the power and range in her voice to really make the best of the song.

 

9. Its Raining Men

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This classic 80s disco hit was recorded by The Weather Girls in 1982, becoming internationally successful and selling over 6 million copies. But the track was first offered to several other female singing legends, including Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Cher and Barbra Streisand – but they all passed on the track.