Hit songs become a part of our lives, whether we like it or not! We fall in love when them, dance to them, hear them everywhere we go, and then become sick of them…for a short time, at least. It’s a tale as old as time. But there have been quite a few mega-hits over the years that were almost mega-misses! Yes, some of the biggest songs of all times very nearly ended up in the trash, done by someone else, or were never written at all! Read on to learn 15 MONSTER hits that very nearly never made it to our stereos. It’s pretty scary to think of a world without these beloved classics!
15. “Applause” by Lady Gaga (2013)
By her own admission, Mother Monster wrote between 70 and 100 titles for her upcoming album ARTPOP, but her current single wasn’t among her favorites. “‘Applause’ almost didn’t make the album,” Lady Gaga told Ryan Seacrest during a recent appearance on his radio program. But a 40-track listening session with Interscope Records head Jimmy Iovine saved the song from the trash can. “We played ‘Applause’ last and Jimmy looked at me and said, ‘Every record that you played me is better than the one that you played before it, so the last one should be the first single.'” Hey, you don’t get to be the head of a record company without good ears!
14.”Umbrella” by Rihanna (2007)
Hitmakers Tricky Stewart and The-Dream originally wrote “Umbrella-ella-ella” for Mary J. Blige. “They did the song for me,” She told MTV News in 2007. “And it was during the Grammy time and I was really, really busy. I heard it and I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, that’s a smash. I love this song.’ And it was like, ‘It’s yours.’ So in the midst of it being mine, they were probably telling [Rihanna] it was hers.” According to Rihanna herself, she wasn’t going to let it slip away! “I said, ‘Listen, Umbrella is my song!’,” she revealed to Contact Music. “He must’ve thought I was really pushy and laughed it off. But I turned his face back to my own. ‘No, I’m serious – I need ‘Umbrella’. Two days later we found out the song was mine.” But Rihanna paid it forward, letting Miley Cyrus take “We Don’t Stop” which had originally been written for her.