20 Best Songs By Rihanna

By Nico Gonzalez

Rihanna has been one of the biggest stars in the music industry for over a decade. Her unique blend of pop, R&B, and dance music has resulted in some of the most popular songs of all time. With 20 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, she is one of the most successful artists of all time.


Shut Up And Drive

Rihanna - Shut Up And Drive

“Shut Up and Drive” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It was written by Terius “Dream” Nash, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, and Carlos Battey, with production handled by Stewart. The song was released as the album’s third single on July 10, 2007. It is a midtempo R&B song with new wave influences and features heavy synths and drums in its instrumentation. Lyrically, it contains anti-harassment themes from a female perspective.

Diamonds

Rihanna - Diamonds

Rihanna’s song “Diamonds” is a pop ballad with elements of dance-pop and R&B. The song was written by Sia and produced by Stargate. It was released on September 27, 2012, as the lead single from Rihanna’s seventh studio album, Unapologetic. The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified sextuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised its composition and Rihanna’s vocal performance.

Cheers (Drink To That)

Rihanna - Cheers (Drink To That)

“Cheers (Drink to That)” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The song features Canadian rapper Drake and serves as the fourth single from the album. It was released on August 2, 2011, in the United States and August 5, 2011, in the United Kingdom. The song was written by Fiona Bevan, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey, Natalia Noemi Cappuccini, Dwayne Carter, Aubrey Graham and Robyn Fenty; with production helmed by Kuk Harrell and co-production by Murda Beatz.

Hard

Released in 2013, “Hard” is a song by Rihanna that was met with critical acclaim. The song is a departure from her previous work, which was characterized by its poppy and upbeat sound. “Hard” is a much more aggressive and dark song, with lyrics that reflect Rihanna’s experiences with love and heartbreak. The song also features a heavy bassline and drums, which add to its intense sound. Critics praised the song for its new direction, and it remains one of Rihanna’s most popular songs to date.

Unfaithful

Rihanna - Unfaithful (Official Music Video)

Unfaithful is a song by Rihanna that was released in 2006. The song is about a woman who is cheats on her partner and is feeling guilty about it. The lyrics describe the woman’s inner turmoil as she tries to come to terms with what she has done. The song was very successful, reaching the top of the charts in several countries. It won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. The music video for the song was also very popular and featured Rihanna’s then-boyfriend, Chris Brown.

Hate That I Love You

Rihanna - Hate That I Love You ft. Ne-Yo

Hate That I Love You is a song by Rihanna, released in 2007. The song is about the conflict that can occur when you are attracted to someone who is not good for you. The lyrics describe the feeling of being “addicted” to someone, even though you know that the relationship is not healthy. The song also touches on the idea of trying to break free from a toxic relationship, but being pulled back in because of the strong emotions involved. Hate That I Love You is a relatable and catchy song that captures the complexities of certain types of relationships. It is one of Rihanna’s most popular songs, and has been covered by many other artists.

S.O.S.

Rihanna - SOS (Official Music Video)

S.O.S. is a song by Rihanna that was released in 2006. The song is about a relationship that is in trouble and the speaker is trying to save it. The song starts with the speaker saying that they are “sitting here alone” and they “don’t know what to do.” They say that they need help and they “can’t make it on [their] own.” The next verse talks about how the relationship is in trouble and how the speaker is trying to save it.

Don’t Stop The Music

Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music

Don’t Stop the Music is a song by American singer Rihanna from her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). The song was released on September 7, 2007, as the fourth single from the album. The song was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Stargate. “Don’t Stop the Music” is a mid-tempo hip-hop and R&B song that features Jackson’s trademark vocoder sounds. The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its composition and Rihanna’s performance.

Pon De Replay

Rihanna - Pon de Replay (Internet Version)

Pon De Replay is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released on May 31, 2005, as the lead single from her debut album, Music of the Sun (2005). The song was written by Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, and Shaffer Smith, and produced by Falk and Yacoub. The song was recorded in 2004 at Battery Studios in New York City. “Pon de Replay” is a dancehall and reggae song which features Isaza’s “Yeah!” Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl”, Fatman Scoop’s “It Takes Scoop” and Missy Elliott’s “Lose Control” throughout the song. 

Run This Town

Run This Town is a song by Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Kanye West. The song was released in 2009 and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is about Jay-Z’s hometown of New York City. The lyrics describe the city as a place where “you can find anything you want.” The song has been praised for its positive depiction of New York City. Some critics have also praised Rihanna’s vocals on the song. Run This Town has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

S&M

S&M is a song by American singer Rihanna, from her fifth studio album Loud (2010). The song was released as the fourth single from the album on January 21, 2011. “S&M” is a party anthem about sexual experimentation. The song’s title is a reference to sadomasochism, and its lyrics feature numerous double entendres about bondage and other sexual activities. “S&M” received generally positive reviews from music critics, many of whom praised its overtly sexual nature. The song peaked at number one in Norway and Sweden, and reached the top ten in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and Switzerland.

What’s My Name?

Rihanna - What's My Name? ft. Drake

What’s My Name? is a song by Hip-Hop artist Drake, featuring singer Rihanna. The track was released as the lead single from Drake’s second studio album, Take Care. What’s My Name? is a slow-tempo R&B song that lyrically finds Drake and Rihanna talking about their mutual attraction to each other. The song received positive reviews from critics, who praised the chemistry between Drake and Rihanna. Commercially, What’s My Name? was a huge success, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Only Girl (In The World)

Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World)

Only Girl (In The World) is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The song was released as the lead single from the album on September 10, 2010. It was written by Crystal Johns, Calvin Harris, and Sandy Vee, and produced by Harris. Only Girl (In The World) is a club-themed dance-pop song that features synth riffs and electronic beats. The lyrics center on the theme of having a good time in a relationship. 

Rude Boy

Rihanna - Rude Boy

Rude Boy is a song by the popular hip hop artist High Hellis. The song was released in 2020 and quickly became a hit, thanks to its catchy beat and clever lyrics. The song tells the story of a young man who is trying to make it in the music industry, but faces many challenges along the way. Despite the obstacles, he persists and eventually achieves success. The song is an uplifting anthem that celebrates determination and perseverance. It is also a great example of High Hellis’s talent for creating catchy and innovative songs.

Take A Bow

Rihanna - Take A Bow

Take A Bow is a song by Rihanna. The song is about a relationship that has ended and the person who is left behind is trying to figure out what went wrong. The song starts with the person asking questions about what they did wrong and why the other person left. They try to figure out what they could have done differently to keep the relationship from ending. As the song progresses, the person starts to realize that it wasn’t their fault and that sometimes things just don’t work out. They start to accept that the relationship is over and they move on. The song is a reminder that even though relationships can end, we can still learn from them and grow from the experience.

Disturbia

Rihanna - Disturbia

“Disturbia” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna, released as the third single from her fourth studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). The song was co-written by Andre Merritt, Chris Brown, Mark Pitts, and Robyn Fenty. “Disturbia” is an uptempo dance-pop and electropop song with a dark tone; the lyrics are based on the feeling of being trapped. The song’s lyrical content features themes of paranoia and anxiety.

Umbrella

Rihanna - Umbrella (Orange Version) (Official Music Video) ft. JAY-Z

The song Umbrella by Rihanna is about a relationship that has ended and the woman is feeling lost without her partner. The lyrics talk about how the rain is a metaphor for the tears she’s shedding and how her partner used to be her umbrella, protecting her from the storm. The song is set in a minor key, which creates a feeling of sadness and loneliness. The use of the word “umbrella” also gives the song a sense of hopefulness, as umbrellas are often associated with protection from the rain. Even though the relationship has ended, there is still hope that things will eventually get better.

Love The Way You Lie

Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna

Love The Way You Lie is a song by American rapper Eminem, featuring vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna. The song was released as the lead single from Eminem’s seventh studio album Recovery on June 18, 2010. The song received positive reviews from critics, with many praising the chemistry between Eminem and Rihanna. Love The Way You Lie has sold more than five million copies in the United States and more than eight million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. Love The Way You Lie has sold more than five million copies in the United States and more than eight million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Live Your Life

T.I. - Live Your Life ft. Rihanna [Official Video]

Rihanna’s song “Live Your Life” is all about enjoying life to the fullest and not taking anything for granted. The song starts off with the lyrics “let’s have some fun tonight / I’m feeling so alive.” These lyrics set the tone for the rest of the song, which is all about having a good time and making the most of every moment. The song also has a positive message about staying strong in the face of adversity. Despite whatever challenges we face in life, Rihanna urges us to “keep pushing on.” In other words, don’t give up or let anything hold you back from living your best life. Ultimately, “Live Your Life” is a feel-good song that encourages us to enjoy life and make the most of every moment.

We Found Love

Rihanna - We Found Love ft. Calvin Harris

We Found Love is a song by Rihanna that was released in 2011. The song quickly became a hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. We Found Love is a pop song with elements of dance-pop and electronic dance music. The lyrics of the song are about falling in love and being caught up in the moment. The song has been praised for its catchy hooks and positive message. We Found Love has won several awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.