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    The old saying about one person's trash being another person's treasure is doubly true in the music world, as plenty of smash hit songs were once passed over by big-name artists. But don't feel too sorry for the stars on this list: It's unlikely they spend a lot of time moping around about what might have been.








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    Britney Turned Down "Umbrella"






    When one Googles "Britney umbrella," some unfortunate paparazzi shots of a bald pop princess show up. But things could have been different. Terius "The Dream" Nash explained Rihanna's critical and commercial triumph "Umbrella" was written with Britney Spears in mind, but the demo never got to her (this was, of course, around the time of the head-shaving incident).










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    Janet Jackson Turned Down "How Will I Know"






    Whitney Houston scored a couple of her biggest hits with songs passed on from her R&B contemporaries. Among them: "How Will I Know," which George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam wrote for Janet Jackson. It became Houston's first pop crossover hit and her second No. 1 single.







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    Paris Hilton Turned Down "Don't Cha"







    Paris Hilton has expressed regret over turning down the saucy pop hit "Don't Cha," which catapulted Nicole Scherzinger and the *****cat Dolls to fame. She later explained, "I think I did hear the song, but not in the format we all came to know and love. If I'd heard that, of course I'd have jumped at the chance." Score one for Scherzy.




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    Britney Turned Down "Telephone"







    The anti-clingy boyfriend anthem "Telephone" was originally written for Britney Spears. Though Spears recorded a heavily autotuned demo of the song, she eventually passed, paving the way for songwriter Lady Gaga's collaboration with Beyonce Knowles. Gaga has since admitted, "I hate ‘Telephone’. Is that terrible to say? It’s the song I have the most difficult time listening to."




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    Mary Wilson Turned Down "Holiday"







    Both Phyllis Hyman and Mary Wilson had passed on the club track "Holiday" before Madonna picked it up for her eponymous debut album. Hilariously, execs chose to keep the cover of the single Madonna-free as they were worried her image wouldn't suit the song's R&B roots.







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    Jordin Sparks Turned Down "Skyscraper"







    In the summer of 2011, Demi Lovato wowed her peers with her emotionally-charged ballad "Skyscraper," drawing acclaim from everyone from Katy Perry to Kim Kardashian. American Idol's Jordin Sparks uploaded a cover of the song to YouTube, as she had recorded a demo of the track before and even contributed backing vocals to Lovato's version.







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    Belinda Carlisle Turned Down "Waiting for a Star to Fall"







    "Waiting for a Star to Fall" was rejected by not one, but two pop divas before songwriters Shannon Rubicam and George Merrill decided to record it for themselves as Boy Meets Girl. The song, originally written for Whitney Houston, was rejected by executive Clive Davis before being recorded by Belinda Carlisle, who reportedly hated it.







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    Donny Osmond Turned Down "Ben"







    "Ben" wasn't Michael Jackson's most memorable solo hit, but it was his first. Jackson recorded the song in 1972 after it was rejected by Mormon wunderkind Donny Osmond, who was too busy with tour obligations. Featured in the film of the same name, "Ben" won a Golden Globe for Best Song and was nominated for an Academy Award.







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    TLC Turned Down "...Baby One More Time"







    Britney Spears might have gotten off to a very different start had TLC chosen to include "...Baby One More Time" on the album FanMail. There wouldn't have been any schoolgirl skirts, which is unfathomable considering Britney's entire early career hinged on schoolgirl skirts and belly-baring tops.







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    Gloria Estefan Passed on "Hero"






    Okay, Gloria Estefan didn't actually pass on "Hero," because she never got the chance to record it. Mariah Carey co-wrote the song with Walter Afanasieff with the intention of giving it to Estefan, but Carey's then-husband Tommy Mottolla convinced her to hold onto it. It spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Top 100.







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