10 Popular Songs That Were Originally Written for Other Singers

There are some songs that all the people know. There are even times when it is impossible to get them out of your mind. When Ed Sheeran sings The Shape Of You we all think there was no better singer to have presented it. Actually it is not true. Some very famous songs were firstly presented to some singers but they refused to sing them , so they were given to those who sing them now. Here is a list of really popular songs that were originally written for other singers.

10. Umbrella

A song that Britney Spears turned down was the song that allowed Rihanna to win a Grammy in 2008. Umbrella was at first presented to Spears, who passed on it, only to be made into a smash hit single by the R&B artist.

9. Halo

Halo, the song which won multiple Grammy awards and nominations for Beyoncé in 2009 and 2010, was initially proposed to Ryan Tedder, the lead singer of One Republic. One of the writers of the song revealed that it was actually put up for grabs with X Factor winner Leona Lewis, but ultimately ended up with Queen B.

8. Miss Independent

The songwriters of Miss Independent initially presented the song to Destiny’s Child, who turned it down. The song was then passed on to Christina Aguilera who worked on it for her Stripped album and rewrote the lyrics. The song never made it to the album and was given to Kelly Clarkson, who released the song on her debut solo album, which made it to the top in the Billboard Hot 100 in 2003.

7. Let’s Get Loud

Let’s Get Loud is one of JLo’s best songs and music performances. Despite its popularity, the hit song was initially intended for its co-writer Gloria Estefan. However, Estefan felt that the song was too similar to her other tracks and decided it pass it on to Jennifer Lopez in hopes that the Latina artist would “make it more fun” and add her own flair to it.

6. All About That Bass

Before she became a Grammy-winning pop singer, Meghan Trainer was a songwriter, penning songs for many famous artists like Rascall Flatts, Fifth Harmony, and JLo. She initially presented All About That Bass to big names like Beyoncé and Adele but decided to perform it herself when no one took on the song. It ended up being her first hit single and led to her winning a Grammy.

5. Cheap Thrills

When Sia took a break from singing and performing, she focused on songwriting for big names like Madonna, Rihanna, and Beyoncé. Sia originally wrote Cheap Thrills for Rihanna, but she didn’t take the song. Then she collaborated with Sean Paul on the song, which gave her 3 nominations in 2016.

4. Telephone

Stefani Germanotta, or mostly known as Lady Gaga, initially wrote Telephone for Britney Spears. But when she rejected it, Gaga took the song and collaborated with Beyoncé to turn it into the hit song that has close to 400 million views on YouTube .

3. I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing

This hit single by Aerosmith was first released in the original soundtrack of the movie Armageddon. The song was written by hit ballad writer, Dianne Warren, who revealed that she initially imagined Celine Dion to be the singer of I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing.

2. Rock Your Body

Rock Your Body is the song that helped Justin Timberlake into becoming a solo R&B/pop artist. The song was originally written for The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who didn’t use their song, so they decided to pass it over and collaborate with Justin Timberlake.

1. Shape of You

Ed Sheeran’s song, Shape of You was the most played song on Spotify in 2019. However, the singer-songwriter revealed that this hit song was originally intended for Rihanna. But due to some of the lyrics like, “…putting Van The Man on the jukebox…” it was decided afterward that he should just sing the song instead.