To many, music is one of the most important things in life. Without it the world would probably be even crazier than it is now. Music is a form of therapy that has helped so many people get through the toughest hardships. Music is also extremely nostalgic; one song can trigger a flood of memories in an instant. However, one thing I have noticed is that, like many, I always associate a song with the artist who sings it, thinking that the song was made for them, which is rarely the case. Most songs were originally offered to other artists first which makes the song a little more interesting.
The following is a list of ten ’00s hit songs that were originally written and offered to other artists. From Britney to Usher, these artists turned down amazing songs that ended up being huge successes in the long run. It is hard to picture some of these songs being sung by anyone but the original artist, however it is interesting to see which artist turned down what song, and which artist turned it into a hit!
10. Britney Spears’ “Toxic” was originally offered to Kylie Minogue
Britney Spears is one of the most iconic performers of our generation. There was a time where girls around the world wanted to be Britney and boys all over the world wanted to sleep with her. Although we all remember her epic meltdowns and her deadbeat baby daddy, no one can deny that at one point in time, everything Britney Spears touched turned to gold. She had countless hits including “Toxic” which was released in 2003. Both the song and the music video were big hits for Spears. What many of her fans don’t know is that the song was originally written for the Australian bombshell Kylie Minogue.
9. NSYNC’s “Gone” was originally offered to Michael Jackson
Before Justin Timberlake became a huge solo artist he was in an extremely successful boy band called NSYNC. NSYNC was on the same level as Backstreet Boys, with millions of screaming female fans singing along to every word of their songs. One of their more popular singles was “Gone”. This slow jam was by far one of the band’s best songs and it wasn’t even written for them. The song was originally offered to the late Michael Jackson, who happens to be Justin Timberlake’s idol. Since Michael turned down the song, it was up for grabs and NSYNC made a great move by snatching it up and making it their own.
8. The Pussycat Dolls’ “Don’t Cha” was originally offered to Paris Hilton
The Pussycat Dolls were an all girl band. Their mediocre music was out-shined by the extreme hotness of all the singers. Although this particular group was not the most talented, they found success in the music industry. They had a few hit singles including “Don’t cha”. However, “Don’t Cha” was originally offered to Paris Hilton. Paris, who knows a little bit about everything and a whole lot about nothing, was a singer for a brief moment. Although the Pussy Cat Dolls were a better choice for the song, we can’t help but wonder what it would have been like if it became Paris Hilton’s song.
7. Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” was originally offered to Hilary Duff
Kelly Clarkson is pretty iconic because she was the first ever winner of American Idol. Clarkson won over the hearts of both the judges and America and became a superstar literally overnight. Since her victory, Kelly Clarkson has found a lot of success in the music industry and has had many songs play on the radio. Her hit single “Since U Been Gone” which was released in 2004 was originally offered to one of America’s Sweethearts Hilary Duff. Thankfully for Kelly Clarkson, Hilary Duff declined the song, and it became one of Clarkson’s biggest hits to date.
6. The Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps” was originally offered to The Pussycat Dolls
The Black Eyed Peas is a hip-hop group featuring apl.de.ap, Taboo, Fergie and Will.I.am. This band had a lot of success and even earned a Grammy. One of their more popular songs titled “My Humps” was the summer anthem of 2005. Clubs, radios and ringtones were all about the humps and the song was a huge hit for the band. What many people don’t know is that the song was originally written for the Pussycat Dolls, however they sadly turned it down. Although the Black Eyed Peas did a great job with the song, it’s hard not to wonder how it would have turned out if the Pussycat Dolls were the ones singing it.
5. Rihanna’s “Umbrella” was originally offered to Britney Spears
Rihanna is pure awesomeness. Her voice, her body, her style, her personality – she is just everything. However, before Rihanna became such a star, she had some amazing songs also. The Barbadian beauty’s hit single “Umbrella” was actually meant for Britney Spears. Although I adore Britney, I really can’t picture her singing this song and doing it the same justice Rihanna did. “Umbrella” the song that transformed Rihanna from a star into a superstar and she hasn’t looked back since. Her songs keep turning into hits and she is only getting started!
4. Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body” was originally offered to Michael Jackson
Once again Justin Timberlake takes a song originally offered to his idol Michael Jackson. Similar to the song “Gone” by NSYNC, Timberlake loved this track and had a vision for it, unlike Michael. Although Michael Jackson’s talent is undeniable, at that point in his career the song was not the right move for him. However, for Timberlake it was the perfect song at the perfect time. He was young, handsome and had pretty much every girl in the world in love with him, so “Rock Your Body” was an amazing move for his career. There are many similarities between Jackson and Timberlake which is why it makes sense they would be offered similar songs.
3. Rihanna’s “S.O.S.” was originally offered to Christina Milian
“S.O.S.” is one of Rihanna’s first hits. At the time she was an up and coming singer from Barbados and was less famous than Christina Milian, who the song was originally offered to. Christina Milian is an actress and singer who had a few hits, however she unfortunately made a stupid decision by turning this song down. For Rihanna this song was the start of her fame; she began being noticed after the release of “S.O.S.” and rocketed to superstardom shortly after that.
2. Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” was originally offered to Janet Jackson
Britney Spears has had a lot of hit singles but some are much more iconic then others. The song “I’m A Slave 4 U” is one of the iconic ones. I think everyone remembers the lyrics and music video to this awesome song. Britney was at the peak of her career when this song was released and looked the best she ever looked. Although everyone associates this song automatically with Britney Spears, it was actually first offered to Janet Jackson and she was not interested. It would have been interesting to see how Janet Jackson would have performed it.
1. Jennifer Lopez’s “Get Right” was originally an Usher song
Jennifer Lopez is the definition of a Goddess. She is beautiful and talented and has made her mark on the world as well as the music industry. J.Lo’s success has brought her to superstardom and she has not looked back since. Jennifer Lopez has countless hits under her belt including “Get Right” which was released in 2005. This song is upbeat and fun and became a huge success for Lopez. It is weird to think that this song was offered to Usher before her. Although I love Jennifer Lopez and her version of this song, I can’t help to wonder what Ushers version would have sounded like. Would it have been better? Would it have been worse? I guess we will never know.