Rihanna, Riri, Robyn, Rihsus, whatever you want to call her, has released a total of 40 singles (including features), and being a big Rihanna fan, I think I've heard all of them enough times to give them a ranking.
#40 - Birthday Cake (Remix) (feat. Chris Brown)
We start off the countdown with the sultry and psycologically harmful urban hit. Upon hearing the barely one minute interlude on the Talk That Talk album, I wasn't initially impressed. The song felt a bit forced, as if she were trying to be as sexy as possible, but instead gave us something just downright dirty and disgusting. Rihanna is sexy when she isn't trying hard. (See Loud's "Skin")
A few months after "You Da One" flopped and "Talk That Talk" was released, plans to release the interlude in full were announced. Then came the announcement that it would have a shocking feature! People went insane! Who was it going to be? Beyoncι? Britney? Gaga? Nope. Not a female. Drake? Bieber? (Yes, people actually thought that). No, wait, could it be Chris Brown? She wouldn't do that, would she? It sure would be shocking.
Yes. It was Chris Brown.
It probably wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for those lyrics. I mean, seriously? They talk about getting down and dirty with each other, when it was just a few years ago he beat her horribly! WHAT?! Shame on you, Rihanna. I still blame this horrid remix for "Talk That Talk"'s demise. It even hurt Rihanna on my personal chart! "Talk That Talk" was at #7 on my PC when this thing came out. I was so ticked at Rihanna, I stopped playing her music for awhile, making "You Da One" crash off of my chart, and "Talk That Talk" never did make it back into my top 10, even after I got over it.
I have no doubt that if this were just the interlude, or even featured someone else, it would rank much higher in my top 40, but I just can't get past that Chris Brown feature. Ugh!
Coming up: Rihanna is very forgetful as she's told to roll around in an Asian country!
Continuing on, we get to one of Rihanna's #1 smash hits. This is highly regarded as one of Rihanna's best songs by many of her fans, but I just don't like it. It's alright, but it gets annoying very quickly. I've never been a fan of "reggae Rihanna," so the fact that I don't like this isn't that shocking. I find Drake's rap to be annoying as hell and the instrumentation just as bad. Not to mention Rihanna annoyingly whines about amnesia! You name is Robyn Fenty, now shut the hell up!
So of course it always annoyed me that this went to #1 in its first week, and even crossed over onto pop like "Single Ladies." Blech. Oh well. At least it seems to have died out. It hasn't done very well in recurrency thank God.
Coming up: Rihanna is told to roll around in the far east, where she finds love.
Next up is Rihanna's first ever collaboration single, "Roll It." This song is one of those songs that gets stuck inside your head when you don't want it there. It has one of the most annoying instrumentals out there, but God, that rhythm and that beat. Too infectious! Gah! Rihanna's bit is small, and isn't really a highlight, but it seems like her part is the most "normal" of the song. And listen to that voice! Aww! She sounds so young. Also on the track is Shontelle for some reason. She brings little to the song as well, yet she later recorded a solo version of it. Mmkay. This song has faded into obscurity for good reason. In fact, it seems like this song was only a hit in Finland. The song itself is an odd rebrand of "Roll It Gal" by Alison Hands, which is a female empowerment song, which is far from what this version ended up being. Why does it rank higher than "What's My Name?" and "Birthday Cake" for me? Because of its ridiculously catchy hook. Roll it, girl! Roll it, girl!
Coming up: Rihanna finds love in an Asian place while she lives her life.
Another collaboration single here. The Eastern inspired tune has its moments for me. Rihanna's part is ridiculously catchy, but Coldplay's verses just ruin it for me. It's an okay song, but I just can't get past those verses. It's really a shame because even though I don't like Coldplay, I was still expecting this song to be so good, but this just isn't. And what is up with that weird music video schedule? The song died months ago, and the video is just now released? Mmkay... Anyway, I know a lot of people do like this song, and I can see why. It has such a nice flowing rhythm, and like I said before, it's so catchy, but Coldplay's part is just too weird. I want to like it, but I just can't. Sorry, Coldplay.
Coming up: Rihanna finds "ozone" hiding out with a bunch of brightly lit stars.
Birthday Cake- I'ts true tha Rihanna is sexy without ever trying just look at her everyone wants to **** with her. She's the it girl to sleep with at the hotel room or lap around the clubs. So I'm guessing she wanted to make this more sex, sulty, expict as possible so her listeners will have a b-day they will never forget. Yeah i odn't get the Ri/CB remixes lately they all horrible and the only remix I liked was the Umbrella remix back when both were good and living the good life until **** happen ( and the **** that shoudl've been dead but never was is back alive and blah blah blah!) and now the good life turn to careless behaviour real world. Song is ok to hear but really is a real mess. Now I won't be seeing Rihanna on the birthday cake making a remix ala birthday sex.
What's My Name- Yeah I wasn't into this one either , so I pretend to car when I heard on the radio in the car. The oh na na na part was ****ing annoying. people actaully sing this part and I wonder how many IQ pts did they lost since they can remember their own name. I don't know or car since you that interesting in the first place.
Roll It- This woudn've been a hit back in the day like 5-7 yrs ago in my hometown but now it's just be ignored since they got the Pitbull, FloRida and **** like that going on now.
the ladies in the video- I can (rick)roll with that.
Princess of China- Video came too late when it faded ages ago. Kinda boring but stil listeniable enough to stick around for a while. I still like Coldplay part in the song though.
Can't wait to see more of RiRi singles some from her early albums and RatedR.