9 smash hit songs rejected by other artists: Rihanna, GaGa, more

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What would 'Umbrella' have sounded like if it were sung by Britney Spears?

We're always looking for something alternative here at Handbag and were quite shocked when we discovered some of these smash hit songs were offered to other artists before they were offered to someone else.

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Here are 9 songs that would sound very different had they not been rejected by these artists.


Since U Been Gone
Originally offered to: Hilary Duff and Pink
Eventually sung by: Kelly Clarkson

We LOVE 'Since U Been Gone' and it's quite difficult imagining anyone else singing it. Don't get us wrong, we love Hilary and Pink but given it was rejected by the former Lizzie McGuire star because she couldn't hit the high notes, we're betting it wouldn't have sounded nearly as good.


Umbrella
Originally offered to: Britney Spears and Mary J Blige
Eventually sung by: Rihanna and Jay-Z

'Umbrella' is arguably the song that launched Rihanna's career into the mega star status she currently sits at and we just can't shake the feeling it wouldn't have smashed the charts as hard as it did had Britney gone with it instead. It was written with her in mind for her album Blackout, before being offered to Mary J Blige.


Open Your Heart
Originally offered to: Cyndi Lauper
Eventually sung by: Madonna

'Open Your Heart' was written with Cyndi Lauper in mind and we just can't help feeling as though it'd have sounded equally amazing, despite the song being one of our all-time favourite Madonna songs.


...Baby One More Time
Originally offered to: TLC
Eventually sung by: Britney Spears

This is one that scares us the most. Where would Britney be without her pop debut? We wouldn't have the daring schoolgirl outfit and even more scary, everything else that followed would have been very different. We're not sure, but we don't think TLC's 'Baby One More Time' would have the same impact on the industry.


Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Originally offered to: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Eventually sung by: Kylie Minogue

'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' reignited Kylie's career after faltering slightly with 2000's Light Years and now it is ranked as one of Kylie's best singles to date. We're sure Sophie will have her smash hit one day.


Toxic
Originally offered to: Kylie Minogue
Eventually sung by: Britney Spears

Now, Kylie may have made a good move in picking up ''Can't Get You Out Of My Head' which was written by Cathy Dennis - who also wrote 'Toxic' - but rejecting this one was a bad decision. It gave Britney her only Grammy award, though, so it all worked out okay in the end.


Milkshake
Originally offered to: Britney Spears
Eventually sung by: Kelis

Name one song by Kelis. If your answer wasn't 'Milkshake', you're either a super-fan or doing it wrong. The Neptunes wrote the song for Britney - who ultimately declined it - and it was then used as the lead single for Kelis' third album Tasty. The rest? History.


Rock Your Body
Originally offered to: Michael Jackson
Eventually sung by: Justin Timberlake

There's no hiding the comparisons to Michael Jackson that Justin Timberlake has received throughout his career. Originally intended to be featured on Jackson's fifth album Invincible, Michael rejected the song (as well as several others) and was released as the third single from Justin's debut album Justified.


Telephone
Originally offered to: Britney Spears
Eventually sung by: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé

'Telephone' was originally written by Gaga for Britney who recorded a demo of the song (which later became one the highest illegally downloaded songs that year) for Circus, however was not included. Gaga re-recorded the song, added Beyoncé to the mix and it became a smash hit.

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