These 13 massive hit songs were originally rejected by other artists

Can you imagine the three-woman American R&B group TLC singing Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time?” 

Neither can we, but it almost happened.

Spears’ debut single was originally written for TLC, but the trio passed on what would turn out to be an enormous cultural phenomenon.

Here are 13 hits that almost went to other artists:

Rihanna's 'Umbrella' ... by Britney Spears

Pharrell's 'Happy' ... by CeeLo Green

Rihanna's 'S.O.S' ... by Christina Milian

Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone' ... by Hilary Duff

Rihanna's 'Disturbia' ... by Chris Brown

Justin Timberlake's 'Rock Your Body' ... by Michael Jackson

Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' ... by Britney Spears

Kanye West's 'Gold Digger' ... by Shawnna

Jennifer Lopez's 'Let's Get Loud' ... by Gloria Estefan

Kanye West and Jay Z's 'N----s in Paris' ... by Pusha T

B.o.B and Bruno Mars' 'Nothin' on You' ... by Lupe Fiasco

Rihanna's 'We Found Love' ... by Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger

Britney Spears' '…Baby One More Time' ... by TLC

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