With a beat that evokes the nostalgia of Soft Cell's "Tainted Love," Rihanna scored her first #1 single in 2006 with this energetic dance-pop track. Please note the Nokia phone in the music video...the throwback is in full force.
"Umbrella" featuring Jay Z
Approach this one with caution, because we all know how damn catchy it is. A true classic of its era, "Umbrella" pairs 'Little Miss Sunshine' with boss-man Hov for a smash hit.
As a Barbadian pop star, Rihanna has always done her best to inject some island flavor/riddim into her tracks. "Rude Boy," a Jamaican slang term, was the subject of her fifth number one single that produced a video full of reggae aesthetic.
The fourth single from Loud was "S&M." Another Stargate production, the energetic track echoes many of the previous vibes heard on this list. In addition to landing at the #1 spot in America, the track hit #1 in Canada and Australia as well. It peaked in the top 5 in multiple other countries as well; it has since gone 6x platinum.
"We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris
There was a minute there where everyone was linking up with Calvin Harris, and for good reason. The EDM producer is a monster at creating dance-pop crossovers, and this one he crafted with Rihanna may well me his magnum opus. It doubled as Rihanna's ninth #1 single.
Diamonds are forever, and so it seems is Rihanna's reign of pop music. Her tenth #1 single was "Diamonds," a track that hit #1 in five other countries besides the United States, marking one of her most popular tracks in her career.
No word on release info for these head-turning Jordans.
"Work" is just another notch in Rihanna's belt full of #1 singles, an accessory she started assembling when "SOS" took the top spot in 2006. In all, she's claimed the number one spot eleven times in her career, an enormous feat for any artist. Something tells us she isn't done yet either.
Whether she's collaborating with Calvin Harris on a dance track, getting with Jay Z for a radio smasher, or riding solo to display her own artistry, Rihanna has been fucking up the charts for a solid decade now. To give RiRi her dues, this week we throw it back to her #1 singles.