Ibrawlator: Which Rihanna Lead Single Is The Best?
From dancehall to EDM to dark ballads to acoustic folk sessions, Rihanna has served us with a little bit of everything in the past decade. And now, with “FourFiveSeconds” going Top 10 this week on the Billboard Hot 100, we’re taking a look back at all of RiRi’s lead single from her seven studio albums (plus that highly anticipated forthcoming LP).
In 2005, she kicked things off with her infectious lead single “Pon De Replay” — and from there, that Rihanna reign truly never let up. She bested herself with A Girl Like Me‘s “SOS” one year later before delivering arguably her first iconic single in 2007 with “Umbrella” from Good Girl, Gone Bad. And after spending the next year serving up a repackaging of her record, she switched up her sound entirely with the murderous and moody “Russian Roulette” off of 2009’s Rated R.
The next year, she found herself in a brighter spirit with Loud‘s “Only Girl (in the World),” until the euphoria reached a fever pitch with “We Found Love” from 2011’s Talk That Talk. Perhaps due to dance floor fatigue by that point, she turned her sound on its head when it came to 2012’s Unapologetic lead single “Diamonds,” supplied subdued Sia-penned power balladry. And now, most recently, she’s teamed up with Kanye West and Paul McCartney this year for the acoustic folk jam session “FourFiveSeconds,” undoubtedly her boldest new venture in sound to date.
In looking back at Rih’s incredible discography, we want to know: Which lead single is her best overall?
Is it the joyful sound of her debut? The dance floor euphoria with Calvin Harris? Or is her most recent experimental turn with Yeezy and Macca her best work yet?
Listen to all the singles below, and then place your vote.
We’ll announce the winner right here on Thursday, February 19.