For one reason or another some potential hits never saw the light of day. A lot of tracks with huge potential have never been commercially released for one reason or another; whatever the reason was that these record companies decided not to release such songs can only be speculated upon. It is nice to take note of the songs that in my opinion could have been bigger hits than some of the songs that were released instead.
4. Song: ‘Nobody Knows Me’ by: Madonna (from ‘American Life’)
This song has been praised by a lot of music critics not so much for its lyrical content but for its outstanding instrumental & electronic production. The song had a very catchy & edgy hook that reminds me of the top 10 hit ‘Die Another Day’ but at the same time is musically unique & is a brilliant dance anthem in its own right. Pity for this song could have been a much better choice than the ill-fated ‘Love Profusion’ or ‘Nothing Fails’.
3. Song: ‘One Kiss From You’ by: Britney Spears (from ‘Britney’)
This song was in the R & B inspired ‘Britney’ album. The song had a very good lyrical as well as musical composition though it didn’t fit well with the other tracks of the album because of its ‘Pop’ character. Nevertheless, the song pays homage to Britney’s original pop signature sounds reminiscent of ‘Baby One More Time’, ‘Oops…’ or ‘Sometimes’. At the time when Britney Spears needed a strong follow-up to the warmly received ‘Slave 4 U’, this track should have been released (ala ‘Toxic’) & could have reversed the downward sales trend of the album; instead she released ‘Overprotected’ which was a really bad choice (for its too reminiscent of ‘Stronger’) & of course the song bombed.
2. ‘I’m Gonna Be Alright’ by: Jennifer Lopez (from ‘J. Lo’)
This song is simply amazing. I personally believe the album ‘J. Lo’ could have done well without this released but it could have done better if this were released. The song is a very danceable tune & its lyrics are witty. The message of the song is very positive & uplifting. The song is just a complete package. I really think they ‘massacred’ (or murdered I may say) this song when they remixed it. When they released the remix (off course they had to for it was in the album ‘J To Tha L-O: The Remixes’) I knew they will never release the original version (what a waste!). I really believe they should have released the song as the 5th single of the album though.
1. ‘Breathe On Me’ by: Britney Spears (from ‘In The Zone’)
To make the record straight this song received the most notice from the critics who reviewed the album ‘In The Zone’ (yes, even more than the huge hit ‘Toxic’). Billboard magazine praised this song above others when they reviewed ‘In The Zone’. Fans have already been clamoring for its release in Britney’s various websites & in her concerts the fans responded mostly to this song. Unfortunately, Britney (or her camp) stubbornly/deafly ignored the critics & the fans favorable response (how stupid!) & they decided to release the ghetto themed ‘Outrageous’ instead. I personally did foresee the failure or ‘Outrageous’ beforehand & the unfinished video merely vindicated this. I note that Britney broke her knee while adding the final touches to this video. Maybe, Britney got bad Karma after ignoring her fans responses that she should have released ‘Breathe On Me’ instead.