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8 smash hits rejected by other musicians

Oops, she passed on it again.

Pop sensation Britney Spears has rejected some smash hits several times, like Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella.”

And, she’s not the only one in Hollywood.

Some of the world’s chart-topping lyrical gems could have gone very differently, if sung by their intended artists. Granted, the big-name stars are seemingly fine without the additional notch on their musical belt.

Here are ten other songs rejected by musicians, which went on to become hits:

8. Britney Spears, “Baby One More Time”

Spears’ debut single, which skyrocketed the Mouseketeer’s fame, was penned for TLC after their success with “Baby-Baby-Baby.”

Yet, the 90s girl band doesn’t regret the missed opportunity.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 7, 1995, FILE PHOTOPaul Hurschmann/AP

TLC passed on “Baby One More Time.”

“It’s good for her. But was I going to say ‘hit me baby one more time’? Hell no!,” trio member Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins told MTV News.

The group, known for their female empowerment lyrics, rejected the track knowing it would blow-up, Watkins said.

The double platinum song was the best-selling track of 1999.

7. Beyonce, “Pretty Hurts”

Rihanna passed on "Pretty Hurts" written by Sia and hit "We Can't Stop."Rich Fury/Rich Fury/Invision/AP

Rihanna passed on “Pretty Hurts” written by Sia and hit “We Can’t Stop.”

This soulful song, written by singer and songwriter Sia, ended up on Beyonce’s plate, eight months after being passed on by two artists.

“When Beyoncé heard it, she slid into home base and just closed the deal,” Sia told the New York Times.

The popular track was held onto by Rihanna but was never purchased and was first meant for Sia’s friend, Katy Perry.

However, the “Fireworks” singer never saw Sia’s email.

She would later regret that, texting: “I’m pretty hurt you never sent me this song.”

6. Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”

The Disney star’s 2013 comeback hit was drawn up for Rihanna.

The Barbadian singer passed in favor of “Pour it Up,” song producer Mike WiLL Made-It told MTV News.

No word though on whether the “dancing with Molly” line was Cyrus’s own addition.

5. Rihanna, “We Found Love”

This multi-platinum song was first recorded by British singer Leona Lewis, but she opted for another song for her album.

“It was the same version and production but mine’s better,” Lewis told the Daily Star.

It was also rejected by Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls.

“I was like, ‘Oh there’s so much dance and I want to take a break from it,” she told Notion magazine.

“That was my fault. I slept on it.”

4. Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”

Nicole Scherzinger passed up on 'We Found Love' and 'Crazy'.PAT ROQUE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nicole Scherzinger passed up on ‘We Found Love’ and ‘Crazy’.

It “crazy” to imagine the Barkley hit with female vocals but it was first offered to Scherzinger — another hit that got away from her, she told Notion Magazine.

Probably a mistake as the singer of PCD fame hasn’t had a hit since 2006.

The Barkley song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

Scherzinger’s girl group also rejected “Just Dance,” which became a breakout hit for Lady Gaga.

3. Britney Spears “Toxic”

Kylie Minogue passed on pop-streak "Toxic."Jon Super/AP

Kylie Minogue passed on pop-streak “Toxic.”

The monster hit was penned for Kylie Minogue, who had just scored her own smash song with “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.”

Minogue isn’t bitter though about missing out.

“It’s like the fish that got away. You just have to accept it,” she said on “Watch What Happens Live.”

The track nabbed a spot in the top five in 15 countries.

2. Rihanna, “Umbrella”

Britney Spears passed on "Umbrella."Leonid Naidiouk/AP

Britney Spears passed on “Umbrella.”

Within one week, “Umbrella” was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for seven weeks.

However, the track was composed for Britney Spears, song producer Tricky Stewart told MTV News.

“Her current state was a little bizarre,” Stewart said, referencing her 2007 meltdown. “It wasn’t meant to be.”

So the song was shopped around to Mary J. Blige and Rihanna.

“In a two-day period, we were in the bidding war of our lives,” Stewart said.

Rihanna won and it revitalized her career since single “Pon de Replay.”

1. Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Cee Lo Green could not have been too "happy" he didn't record William's hot summer song.Paul A. Hebert/Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP

Cee Lo Green could not have been too “happy” he didn’t record William’s hot summer song.

The cheerful anthem of the summer of 2014 almost went to Cee Lo Green.

The former judge of “The Voice” even recorded the song.

“He sounded amazing on it. I mean, he burns my version,” Williams said on “The Howard Stern Show.”

But, Williams said management didn’t see Green behind the hit.

“Some folks on his team just felt that the priority should be on his album at the time,” he added.

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