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Top 10 Smash Hit Songs Rejected by Other Artists


Top 10 Hit Songs Rejected By Other Artists

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether a song is going to be a smash hit. These artists rejected songs only to have them blow up as a chart topper for someone else.

List entries and rank:
#10: Lean On (2015)
Major Lazer and DJ Snake feat. MØ, offered to Rihanna and Nicki Minaj
#9: “Whataya Want from Me” (2009)
Adam Lambert, offered to P!nk
#8: “How Will I Know” (1985)
Whitney Houston, offered to Janet Jackson
#7: “Rock Your Body” (2003)
Justin Timberlake, offered to Michael Jackson
#6: “Gold Digger” (2005)
Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx, offered to Shawnna
#5: “Umbrella” (2007)
Rihanna feat. JayZ, offered to Britney Spears
#4: “Happy” (2014)
Pharrell, offered to CeeLo Green
#3, #2 & #1: ?

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For this list, we're considering songs that became major hits after first being passed on by other artists.

Special thanks to our users dave_macintyre or submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at

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