7 Songs Sung by Famous Artists That Were Actually Written by Other Famous Artists

You know what they say — one artist’s B-side is another’s smash hit. Oh, they don’t say that? That’s not an expression yet? In any event, here are your favorite songs that were written by your favorite artists that just weren’t sung by them.

“Baby” by Justin Bieber was written by Christina Milan and the Dream

It’s okay to admin that “Baby” by Justin Bieber is your guilty pleasure, because it was written by two much cooler artists — Christina Milan and The Dream. It was written back when Christina Milan and The Dream were still a couple and Justin Bieber wasn’t a colossal douche. It’s catchy, it features Ludacris, and Drake has a cameo in the video. Don’t pretend like you don’t like it.

“Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus was written by Jessie J.

“Party in the U.S.A.” was originally written by Jessie J for Jessie J, but the soft song about just having a good time was deemed not edgy enough for the artist and was given to Miley Cyrus. Yes, you read that right. There was once a simpler time when Jessie J was edgier than Miley Cyrus. It was called 2009. Thing were better then.

“Whataya Want from Me” by Adam Lambert was written by Pink

There’s a pretty good reason why it’s easy to imagine Pink’s raspy, anguished voice singing this song — it was originally meant for Pink’s raspy, anguished voice. The song was recorded for Pink’s fifth album Funhouse, but didn’t make the cut. The song was re-purposed as Adam Lambert’s second single post-American Idol.

“Til The World Ends” by Britney Spears was written by Kesha

This one might be obvious because Kesha’s dirty, glammy, grungy look is replicated by the legendary Ms. Spears, dirty-messy blonde hair and all. Kesha, who appears on the remix along Nicki Minaj, said the song was inspired by “me imagining [Spears] and any female musician touring the world. When you go out, and you’re having an amazing, magical night and you don’t want to go to sleep and you want it to last until the world ends.”

“F*ck You” by CeeLo Green was written by Bruno Mars

“F*ck You”, also known by it’s SFW title “Forget You”, was co-written by the weirdly-named songwriting/production group The Smeezingtons, of which Bruno Mars was a member. Mars also co-wrote “Right Round” by Flo Rida and music for a recently reunited Menudo before breaking out with his hit “Just the Way You Are”.

“Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson was written by Avril Lavigne

“Breakaway” was written for Avril Lavingne’s album Let Go, but the song was passed on to Kelly Clarkson after it was deemed unsuitable for the album (and arguably unsuitable for public consumption). Clarkson ended up recording the song for The Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack and her album of the same name. It might be a schmaltzy song about a young girl following her dreams, but it’s tied with Celine Dion’s “A New Day Has Come” as the longest-running number one song by a female artist on the Adult Contemporary charts. Go figure!

“Hot in Herre” by Nelly was written by Pharrell

It’s hard to not hear Pharrell’s influence when you listen to “Hot in Herrre”. The was written back when Pharrell was still part of production duo The Neptunes and has the duo’s signature off-kilter sound all over it. It remains, to this day, one of the greatest songs ever recorded in the entire history of music. Ever.

What’s your favorite song by one artist that was actually written by another artist? Let me know on Twitter!

Heidi Lux
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