All About That Bass was offered to Beyoncé? Here are 5 songs that were nearly given to other artists

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Meghan Trainor, Beyoncé
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  • It's common for songs to be turned down by artists in the music industry, eventually ending up with someone completely different than it was intended for.
  • We're taking a look at some chart-topping tracks that were initially offered to other artists.
  • From a Britney song that was meant for TLC to a popular track that Beyoncé turned down, at least one of these will leave you shook.


In the world of music, it's common for a song to be turned down by artists or passed around until the perfect voice is found to accommodate it. That's what happened with these major hits. 

We're taking a look at some chart-topping tracks that were initially offered to other artists. Hold on to your seat, because we guarantee at least one song on this list will leave you shook. 

Baby One More Time was originally written for TLC

It's the track that catapulted Britney Spears' career, but Baby One More Time was originally offered to popular trio TLC. Could you envision that? We probably could. But, we're happy they turned it down. 

How Will I Know by Whitney Houston was first offered to Janet Jackson

It's hard not to sing along when this high tempo Whitney track comes on - and don't even get us started on the ultra-80s video. But yes, How Will I Know was initially intended for Janet Jackson who ended up turning it down.

The Pussycat Dolls' Don't Cha could have been a Paris Hilton hit

Who could forget The Pussycat Dolls' Don't Cha? It was the song that first introduced us to the group. But did you know it was also offered to Paris Hilton as well as The Sugababes?

According to Pop Sugar, Paris mentioned that she heard an unfinished version of the song which she passed on, but had she heard the Pussycat Dolls' version, she definitely would have said yes.

Meghan Trainor wanted Beyoncé or Adele to sing All About That Bass

Meghan wrote All About That Bass with the hope that Adele or Beyoncé would sing the track. We just can't imagine the pop song with any other voice behind it though. After it was turned down by Bey's team as well as Adele's, Meghan decided to record it herself. 

N'Sync's Bye Bye Bye was originally offered to Five

We know what you're thinking - who's Five? Just kidding! 

British boy band, Five, turned down the chance to record N'Sync's hit track Bye Bye Bye. Honestly, we're happy about that, because what would the 2000s be without that iconic video and unforgettable dance moves?