These Singers Didn’t Even Write Their Greatest Hits

It only takes a single song to make an artist truly memorable. That sole song usually becomes one in a collection of the artist’s greatest hits — if not the greatest hit in their entire repertoire. But more often than not, these musicians couldn’t have done it without a little help. From Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” to Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone,” a lot of big hits were actually written by some unsuspecting artists. We all know Queen Bey didn’t write most of her hits!

“Irreplaceable” – Beyoncé

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Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” became everyone’s post-breakup anthem of 2006. The smash hit recounts Bey kicking an ex out of her house, but you might be surprised to learn that the song was originally supposed to be the other way around.

Ne-Yo originally wrote the song from a male perspective but eventually gave it away and worked with Beyoncé to rewrite it from a female point of view. “That song taught me a very interesting lesson: Many women don’t think that differently… However, a man singing it comes across a little bit misogynistic, a little bit mean,” he said in an interview.