Since she made her debut on the music scene in 2005, Rihanna has released chart topping singles year after year.
While thirty jams might be a stretch for your everyday pop star, Rihanna’s music catalog is rich enough to provide a sufficient amount of jams. In honor of her 30th birthday, here are thirty Rihanna songs that we will forever bop to.
30. Pon De Replay
Rihanna‘s debut single will forever be a jam. Riri’s island inspired tune gives us all the grooves and vibes that made 2005 party tunes. This is the song that made us fall in love with the pop princess and after listening its not hard to remember why.
29. If It’s Lovin’ That You Want
Back when Rihanna was still regarded as an upcoming artiste, this was one of the songs that made her a radio favorite. Easy, island, breezy. Signature Rihanna.
This song lit up clubs all over the world literally. Rihanna was making a graceful transition from island princess to American Top 40 princess and we were there for it. We still are.
Rihanna had successful created an image of herself as a party queen so ‘Unfaithful’ was a delightful departure from the songstress’ usual party ready jams. It was a love ballad with a twist and it will continue to hit the spot till tomorrow.
26. Umbrella ft. JAY-Z
Arguably Rihanna’s most iconic single of all time, this song was the soundtrack of the lives of many millennials. The Grammy award winning ‘Umbrella’ signified a shift in the songstress’ career as she left the group chat of upcoming pop star and donned the crown of certified international pop star.
25. Don’t Stop The Music
One of the reasons why ‘Umbrella’ is arguably Rihanna’s most iconic song is because this song exists. Catchy, groovy and energy filled, Rihanna and her music making team had seemingly found a perfect formula for groovy party jams that would work on radio and still sound uniquely Rihanna.
24. Shut Up And Drive
Ironically, this double entendre jam is one of Badgirl Riri’s sweetest sounding songs. The production of the song plays with heavy guitar sounds but in true Rihanna fashion, stays radio friendly.
23. Hate That I Love You ft. Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo and Rihanna are frequent collaborators but for the first time, Ne-Yo comes out from behind the scenes to feature on a Rihanna track. Its a cute duet with an adorable music video. Whats not to love?
22. Rehab ft. Justin Timberlake
Another memorable duet, Rihanna and Justin’s collaboration was the final single from Rihanna’s 2007 album, ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’. Although the song sounded like a JT track, Rihanna was able to bring enough of her personality into the track to make truly hers.
Chris Brown helped Rihanna write this ‘Thriller’ esque for the reissue of her ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ album in 2008. Brown and himself had worked on the song for himself but then felt the song would fit a female singer better. He was right. He gave Rihanna one of her biggest songs.
20. Take A Bow
One of the earliest versions of the Rihanna we know today, this song saw Rihanna finding her urban edge. She sounds as relaxed and confident as ever on this Billboard number one song.
19. Live Your Life
TI featured Rihanna one of the biggest songs of 2008 and got himself his second highest charting and most successful single. Rihanna had a phase where she was a guest artiste on a significant number of chart toppers, ‘Live Your Life’ is one of the shinier gems from this phase.
18. Hard ft. Jeezy
Following her assault incident with Chris Brown, Rihanna released her darkest musical project, ‘Rated R’. Rihanna was a different person and the album signified this shift in persona change. ‘Hard’ showcased the earliest version of Riri as a real bad girl and we loved it.
17. ROCKSTAR 101 ft. Slash
In case we needed a reminder that Rihanna’s days as a cute pop princess were over, she reminded us with the graphic visuals in ‘ROCKSTAR 101’. It was bold, it was dark and it was daring. It was the new Rihanna.
16. Rude Boy
Rihanna decided to embrace her dancehall roots for this tune. ‘Rude Boy’ was Rihanna’s sixth number one single in the U.S. and stayed there for five weeks.
15. Love The Way You Lie
By the time Eminem got Rihanna to sing the chorus for his 2010 jam, ‘Love The Way You Lie, Rihanna was already tried and tested hit maker. What made the collaboration magical was the fact that both artistes had both been in difficult relationships and of course, the fact that Rihanna was a part of the song.
14. Only Girl (In The World)
After the darkness comes sunshine, red colorful sunshine. Rihanna’s ‘Rated R’ came to an end and we got the glorious dance pop record that is ‘Loud’. Rihanna donned on red hair, made music with Europeans and gave us the forever jam that is ‘Only Girl In The World’.
13. What’s My Name? ft. Drake
Before Drake and Rihanna knew they were going to ‘Work’ together, there was this fun track called ‘What’s My Name’ that was one of the cooler jams of the year.
12. California King Bed
‘Loud’ was a party record so there weren’t many somber moments on it but with ‘California King Bed’, Rihanna knocked it out of the park. It was soaring ballad that rose on the back of some cool guitars and a very unique metaphor. Brava!
11. Man Down
While Rihanna is able to pull off a plethora of musical styles, there is nothing cooler than Rihanna singing a reggae track. This reggae murder ballad reportedly cost a million dollars to make and peak on the number 59 spot on Billboard Hot 100.
10. You Da One
The coolest thing about Rihanna’s voice is its ability to own any genre without trying. Who can else can fuse Reggae and dubstep into one song and still manage to make it sound pop? If not Rihanna, then tell us who?
9. Where Have You Been
A dance track like no other, Rihanna’s ‘Where Have You Been‘ made clubs all over the world groove.
8. We Found Love ft. Calvin Harris
Rihanna brought a message of love and hope in her 2012 track, ‘We Found Love’ and made everyone jam up to it, time and time again.
7. Pour It Up
Strip club anthems used to stay off the radio until Rihanna entered the game and changed the rules.
6. Stay ft. Mikky Ekko
Everyone’s favorite Rihanna ballad thugs at your heart and soul with only a piano and a Mikky Ekko feature.
5. Work feat. Drake
Another Drake collaboration that set the world on fire. This song became the twerking anthem of the year and those that know, know.
4. Love On The Brain
Rihanna took us on a trip back in time and slayed the song in a way only Rihanna could. Classic.
3. Needed Me
One of the coolest tracks from Rihanna’s critically acclaimed ‘Anti’, ‘Needed Me’ has all the sass and attitude that has made the songstress a worldwide phenom.
2. Wild Thoughts
We know, we know. It’s technically not Rihanna’s song but if we are all being honest we all know this is Rihanna’s song. Khaled and Tiller are just back up.
1. N.E.R.D & Rihanna – Lemon
Rihanna’s rap verse on this song is better than some of your favorite rapper’s entire song.