Remember when The Simpsons released a song? ‘Do The Bartman’ came out in 1990, and came at a time of massive merchandising for the show. Who wrote it? Well, the King of Pop. Michael Jackson was allegedly drafted in by the show to write the lyrics for this promotional track. In 2015 however, Bryan Loren disputed this, claiming he was the sole writer of the song and Jackson only contributed backing vocals.
Madonna’s ‘Bedtime Story’ was a strange move away from her more commercial sound in 1995, and the first of her singles up to that point that didn’t land in the Billboard top 40. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, then, that this curveball was written for Madonna by the wackiest of them all – Björk.
‘Dance Wiv Me’, Dizzee Rascal’s chart-topping 2008 collaboration with Chrome and Calvin Harris was originally written by Harris for The Saturdays, but they turned it down. It turned out to be a good move – the track debuted at the top of the UK charts and stayed there for four weeks.
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‘Just Say Yes’, a track from Snow Patrol’s ‘Up To Now’ collection written by frontman Gary Lightbody, almost became a Gwen Stefani song. It was then on track to be included on Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger’s solo album, but when the album was scrapped, Lightbody reclaimed it for Snow Patrol.
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