Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s lead single by Rihanna was made public on October 28, a day following the movie’s world premiere in Hollywood. The song, titled “Lift Me Up,” is Rihanna’s first original song since 2016. While the new song will undoubtedly generate a lot of buzz, let’s take a look at Riri’s other ten songs that have had a big impact on her fans.
10. Diamonds- Unapologetic (2012)
After a string of club hits, Riri shifted gears and released this Sia-penned song for her seventh album, Unapologetic. The song “Diamonds” became her twelfth to reach the top of the charts.
9. Pon de Replay- Music of the Sun (2005)
The song that got it all started. “Pon de Replay” was a classic club hit from her debut album “Music of the Sun.” Pon de Replay, which translates to “play it again” in Barbadian Bajan, was played on repeat in clubs, and the crowd loved it.
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8. Love the Way You Lie (Part I & II) ft. Eminem (2010)
Rihanna and Chris Brown had a volatile, abusive relationship, which she has spent years addressing in her music. Her collaboration with Eminem, “Love the Way you Lie,” might have been her most memorable statement. The lead vocalist for “Love the Way You Lie” Part I, was Eminem; however, Rihanna sang the lead vocals for the second part.
7. Only Girl (in the World)- Loud (2010)
Rihanna’s “Only Girl (in the World),” from her ‘Loud’ album, became one of four number ones that year. “Rude Boy,” “What’s My Name,” and Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” are among the others.
This studio single, produced by StarGate, Sandy Vee, and Kuk Harrell’s keyboard lines, arguably established Rihanna as the queen of the EDM era. “Only Girl In The World” featured a stomping progressive house beat, which elevated her to a whole new level in the dance-pop universe.
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6. S&M- Loud (2010)
The song was released a little more than a year after her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her. The song features Ester Dean’s lyrics accompanied by distorted and bouncy electro keyboard lines. “S&M” is a brave statement, and she used it to raise awareness about BDSM and break the stigma associated with it.
5. Love on the Brain- Anti (2016)
Rihanna frequently displayed her most vulnerable side on her eighth and most recent studio album, “Anti.” ‘Anti,’ a complete shift from Rihanna’s classic pop dance hits, featured distorted vocals and synth-rock elements. The song that brought the house down was the neoclassical soul track “Love on the Brain,” in which RiRi reveals her emotional side.
4. We Found Love ft. Calvin Harris- Talk That Talk (2011)
“We Found Love,” the song that launched Calvin Harris’ career, was picked up by Rihanna after Nicole Scherzinger turned it down. She made it a global sensation, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks. The track appeared on Rihanna’s 2011 studio album “Talk That Talk.”
3. Work ft. Drake- Anti (2016)
Rihanna released “Work” featuring Drake as part of her 2011 album ‘Anti.’ In just a few years, “Work” surpassed a billion views and streams. In 2016, Rihanna became the epicentre of the Caribbean pop music trend in the United States.
2. Rude Boy (2009)
After the juggernaut album “Good Girl Gone Bad,” Rihanna faced a lot of pressure when she released the followup album “Rated R.” After releasing a few mediocre tracks, “Rude Boy” hit the streets in February 2010. The song quickly rose to the top of the Hot 100, where it remained for five weeks. Riri’s career has been filled with iconic beats and tracks, but the seductive sprawl of “Rude Boy” has yet to be matched. The song provided an enthralling canvas and depicted the epicentre of carnal desire.
1. Umbrella ft. Jay-Z- Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
“Umbrella” is at the top of our list. This song catapulted Rihanna into the spotlight. It was a one-of-a-kind piece with a heavy rock undertone, a vibrant rhythm guitar, and a beautiful and catchy R&B-pop hook to round out the package. The song went to number one in several countries and earned Rihanna her first Grammy award.