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Billboard’s #1 Pop Song Was Recorded By 12 Other Artists Before Its Final Version

It seems that the 'song of summer' has already arrived, and it's "The Middle", performed by Zedd, Maren Morris, and the duo, Grey. In addition to Zedd and Grey also being writers, so were Jordan K. Johnson, Sarah Aarons, The Monsters and the Strangerz. The song has sat on top of the Billboard pop charts since April 7th, and in all likelihood, will stay on that chart for quite some time.

The music video for the song can be seen here…

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But like most hit songs, this one made the rounds for years before finally getting recorded.

Variety states…

"The hit single 'The Middle,' by Zedd and featuring Maren Morris, is currently on its third week at No. 1 on pop radio – a giant feat for any song but especially so for one that was written well over a year prior and had been recorded by no fewer than 12 top female singers. Among those to take a crack at the vocal: Demi LovatoCamila CabelloAnne-MarieCarly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo, Bishop Briggs, Bebe Rexha, Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony, Daya and Elle King."

An in depth look at how this song traveled from its incubation to its place at the top of the Billboard Pop Chart can be seen here.

Charlie XCX explained why she ultimately wasn't the singer used on the song…

But people still wanted to hear it…

And a video even surfaced that had small clips of other singers' demos of the song…

And then Bebe Rexha's version leaked onto YouTube…

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But people still wanted more…

Whether any of the other demos leak, only time will tell. We can only hope!

H/T: Variety, YouTube, Twitter

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Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.