15 Hit Songs That Were Meant For Other Artists

Picture this: an alternate reality where “It’s Raining Men” is sung by Diana Ross instead of The Weather Girls, Britney Spears sings the refrain: “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard” instead of Kelis, and “Disturbia” isn’t Rihanna’s hit single but Chris Brown’s. Well, it’s not so far-fetched. In fact, it almost happened, but those artists decided to pass on those songs. The music industry is full of examples of “almost-was” that could have altered the course of several artists’ careers like a scene from Back to the Future.

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Tina Turner

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Offered to: Several artists, including Phyllis Hyman and Donna Summer

Recorded by: Tina Turner

Imagine if Tina Turner’s hit “What’s Love Got to do With It?” had been sung by Donna Summers. Then it would have been a disco-dance track instead of the gritty pop-soul track it became. Tina Turner may not have become a successful solo artist, and the movie of her life titled after the song may have never been made…or at least, it would have been titled differently.

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  • Ulukinatme

    They missed a big one. One of Celine’s biggest early hits “It’s All Coming Back to Me” was originally written for Meat Loaf.

  • S + M SUXXX

    That’s one of the most pompous and bloated songs in history. It’s so bombastic, obnoxious, pretentious, wretchedly god-awful and totally unlistenable.