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14 massive hit songs that were first rejected by other pop stars

INSIDER Logo By Kim Renfro of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 15: <p> The wild behind-the-scenes process of creating a pop music hit can often involve writers and producers shopping their songs around to different artists. Thanks to <a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/1550426/20-hit-songs-meant-for-other-singers"> Billboard Music</a> and artists themselves dishing to magazines and MTV, we know the backstory for some of the world's biggest pop songs and the artists who almost sang them instead.</p><p> From Britney Spears to Rihanna and more, keep reading for a look at 14 chart-topping pop hits that were passed up by other artists.</p><p>Amanda Macias contributed to another version of this article.</p>

The wild behind-the-scenes process of creating a pop music hit can often involve writers and producers shopping their songs around to different artists. Thanks to Billboard Music and artists themselves dishing to magazines and MTV, we know the backstory for some of the world's biggest pop songs and the artists who almost sang them instead.

From Britney Spears to Rihanna and more, keep reading for a look at 14 chart-topping pop hits that were passed up by other artists.

Amanda Macias contributed to another version of this article.

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