Hit Songs That Got Passed Up By Artists

July 19, 2016 | Updated: 2:52 p.m., July 19, 2016

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Big pop acts like Britney Spears and Rihanna get offered many songs while recording an album and sometimes a few get passed on. Here are some chart toppers that got overlooked at first.

“Since U Been Gone”
Before Kelly Clarkson destroyed the charts with the song “Since U Been Gone,” it was originally offered to Pink. Pink passed on it and the song was then given to Hilary Duff. However, Business Insider reports that Hilary Duff rejected the song also because she could not hit the high notes. Clive Davis eventually got the record to Clarkson and “Since U Been Gone” became the centerpiece of her “Breakaway” album.

“We Found Love”
This was originally intended for former front-woman of The Pussycat Dolls Nicole Scherzinger, but she passed on it and it landed in Rihanna’s lap. Nicole has a demo of the song but was too busy at the time to take it any further, reports Official Charts.

“We Can’t Stop”
The song was written with Rihanna in mind but according to Official Charts she passed on the track. I’m sure Miley’s grateful she did because this was the song that redefined Miley Cyrus’s music career.

“Umbrella”
Rihanna might have launched her career and became a mega-superstar with this song but it almost didn’t happen. Britney Spears was offered it first, according to Business Insider. It was written with Britney Spears in mind but her label rejected the song because Spears already had a full load of songs to record.

“Telephone”
Lady GaGa originally wrote this song for Britney Spears but MTV reports she decided not to feature it on her sixth studio album “Circus.” That didn’t hurt GaGa at all because she was able to release the single herself and got to collaborate with another Queen.