Today’s pop music landscape may have looked very, very different had a handful of singers accepted the tracks that were originally written for them. For whatever reason, artists pass up demos all the time and sometimes the demos later go onto someone who turns it into a smash. This occurrence is not at all uncommon in the music world: the past half-century is littered with examples of iconic pop songs that were originally intended for someone else to perform. Obviously, iconic pop songs could easily have become duds had every artist accepted every song offered to them, but it’s fun to see who passed on now-famous songs. Check out these 10 instances of smash songs being snatched from other artists.
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