Are you Rihanna fans really that ****ing retarded? The thread isn't about successful songs, it's about songs that will be played in 10-20 years.
Beyonce has already achieved this with Crazy in Love. (9 years old believe it or not)
Pon de Replay? Already Forgotten.
SOS? On the Verge of being forgotten completely.
Unfaithful? Already Forgotten.
Don't Stop The Music? Forgotten.
Take a Bow? Are y'all really calling this iconic? Prolly the most forgotten Rih #1 of all time.
Russian Roulette? Already Forgotten.
Hard? Already Forgotten.
Rude Boy? Memorable for the time being.
Only Girl? Doesn't have timeless sound.
What's My Name? We'll see.
S&M? HELL NO! I love this song, but
WFL? It maybe #1 for 10 weeks, but the song's success was generally due to the dance-pop craze. May not have a lasting effect.
Ask yourself, do any of the songs before LOUD era get played on the radio anymore?
Crazy in Love?
I think Don't Stop the Music and Disturbia aren't forgotten... they still get lots of airplay. The whole Loud era is already forgotten though.
Boo, many of Rihanna songs will be played and only a handful of Beyonce songs are considered signature. I don't agree with that list but i think I posted 11 for Rihanna and like 5/6 for Beyonce.
And i don't think Beyonce holds more quality than Rihanna is some of those signatures. I think Crazy in love and Halo are quality...songs like Single ladies and Irreplaceable are cute but come one now...there are a few Riri songs that crap on them quality wise.
How many Rihanna songs were nominated for Record of the Year? I'm not saying the Grammy's mean anything, but Crazy in Love, Irreplaceable & Halo were all nominated for Record of the Year. Single Ladies actually won Song of the Year.
And no, As you can see the songs I listed, only about 5 of them are still played, and 4 of those only because they were hits in 2010-2012.
Single Ladies is 3 years old, and I still hear it played on the radio. Irreplaceable is nearly 6 years old, and it's still getting airplay on the radio. It's this longevity that Rihanna ultimately lacks.
Beyonce's SIGNATURE songs are:
I'll do the same list for Beyonce.
Crazy in Love:
Baby Boy: Forgotten.
Check on it: Forgotten
BL: Big hit WW, but in the US; forgotten.
Listen: Watch any talent show. Someone always sings it.
IIWAB: Hit WW, but in the US, overshadowed.
Halo: Still played on radio stations, but mostly due to it being sort of recent.
SD: (see Halo description)
RTW: Flop, but still well recognized. Will be forgotten within a couple years.
LOT: Huge on Urban.
76 Love The Way You Lie - Eminem feat. Rihanna
85 We Found Love - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
93 Umbrella - Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
143 Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna
147 Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna
167 Disturbia - Rihanna
Where are the hoes who said OG and DSTM weren't huge and signature
when will bey?
Rihanna | Kelis | September | Dev | Kerli | Ellie Goulding | Ke$ha | Rita Ora | The Wanted | Natasha Bedingfield
Once again, we ain't talking about CHART numbers. A song can be a flop and still be a signature song. When people think of Rihanna, they think Umbrella & her most recent hit. Who knows how WFL will be in 2-3 years.
Just because they're WW successful songs, doesn't mean they define anything about her career.
Crazy In Love
If I Were A Boy (?)
CIL is Beyoncé's defining song, "the world don't care" is delusional.
Listen is a classic song, people sing it a lot in talent shows plus it's associated with a popular musical where Beyoncé sang it so of course it's on of her signatures.
Irreplaceable was all over the radio in Europe and all over the world not only in US. Plus it spawned "haters to the left" that was used in gazillion situations unrelated to Beyoncé so it burned in younger generation of people, again making it a signature hit for Beyoncé.
If I Were A Boy is big in talent shows etc. and it had huge airplay in Europe. So while SL got attention for the video and the cultural phenomenon IIWAB got more of the musical piece of the "signature" cake. IIWAB is easily the song that doesn't get old and I still hear it on the radio and poeple cover it.
Halo, love it or hate it, is for many Beyoncé signature song. It was a big hit it got covered like hell and people will sing it for years to come.
Don't Stop The Music
We Found Love (?)
If any of Rihanna ballads is a signature hit it's Unfaithful, but I don't hear the radio playing it or people on talent shows singing it or dancing to the song so a (?). Russian Roulette is her best for me but it seems to be forgotten by general public.
Umbrella is Rihanna's defining song.
DOTS is like definition of dance song, i still hear it on the radio or being performed by people on talent shows. Defintely more than Rude Boy, PTR or SOS
Only Girl, due to it's chorus even if WMN was a bigger hit.
WFL being this massive is easily on the way to be a signature hit for Rihanna.
BTW look at At Last - it peaked low but it's still more a signature hit than Rude Boy that was huge on charts. I'm talikng about Etta James original version of course.
Last edited by Schoolin' Life 4/29/2012 at 1:59 PM.