Making an album is an extremely strenuous process. Artists create songs with the intention of streamlining a concept throughout a select set of tracks that will eventually become an official album. In the process, there’s sure to be some tracks that don’t make the final cut, but what if the entire album ends up on the chopping block?

How different would our favorite artists’ discographies be if they had released another album, or if they had released a different album rather than the one that became their biggest success?

Perhaps we'll never know, but what we can do is look back at records that had been scrapped in favor of other projects, or have just gone unreleased. From Prince to Beyoncé, some of the biggest artists in the world have scrapped entire albums.

Below, check out 25 albums that never saw the light of day.