Ranking Rihanna’s 10 Best (And Worst, If Possible) Songs Of All Time
We had to add a special mention for the song that blew up the internet, plus it featured Jay-Z, so it obviously deserves a spot of honor in the top 10.
Phew! Mama Ri Ri really had airs.
Disclaimer: We thought about that insensitive “keep it in drafts” comment earlier in this article, and in reality, we all agreed that Rihanna didn’t have 10 bad songs. We were big on straws here, but in our humble opinion, here are 10 that didn’t earn their spot on the greatest hits album.
And here are Rihanna’s 10 “worst” songs of all time:
10. Shut Up and Drive, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
Dear Navy, before you come to get us, listen to us. These Rihanna Rock Star Tunes Didn’t Give All They Were ‘supposed to have given’. It’s not one of the worst songs of all time, it’s just not one of Rihanna’s best?
9. SOS, a girl like me
The lyrics were a bit lazy on this one. The irony of saying this after naming “Work” as our favorite number one song – except the beat was repetitive and a little hard to dance to. Rihanna lost us to: “You got me tossin’ and turnin’, can’t sleep the night”, Ri, the head of the Navy who has weak knees? TO GET UP! It just felt off-brand, so we had to note that.
8. Disturbia, a good girl gone bad
Before you lose your mind, there’s a reason Disturbia is in the niche with us. It was simply overplayed. The quality did not match the popularity and for this reason we had to rate it. It sounded like a gothic Rihanna, and we loved that, but the song didn’t live up to her other hit singles.
7. R-rated Roc Me Out
It’s not that it’s a bad song. It’s just that it’s probably the least memorable of this Rated R album. It was Rihanna’s alter ego album and we just needed a little more of that song. Even big synths couldn’t save this one.
6. It’s raining men, loudly
The only raining man recognizable enough to be replayed is from The Weather Girls. For this reason alone, this song fails to achieve the greatest hits.
5. Photographs, rated R
Again, it’s another one of those not so bad songs but with a forgettable melody and cliched lyrics like “All I got is these photographs”. In a sea of punchy one-liners and hard-hitting Rihanna beats, we just needed a little more.
4. Incendiary Bomb, Rated R
Disappointing if anything. A beautiful song, with beautiful lyrics, but Ri set the bar high, and it didn’t.
3. Music of the sun, music of the sun
This song was cute, but we heard something like this in a Latin version at Eurovision, or at a local open mic night. Cute, but no more worthy of a greatest hits list than the ones above.
2. Rush, the music of the sun
Ok, so this song is fun, and it’s very much in the spirit of Music Of The Sun, with an island sound. However, it wasn’t the song where Rihanna’s voice was at its peak and the riffs and runs were safe and we don’t know that Rihanna plays it “safe”. So we’re leveraging that one too.
1. There’s a thug in my life, the music of the sun
Aside from the questionable name, this is definitely a track from Rihanna’s debut album “Music Of The Sun” that should have remained in the draft folder.
Let’s end on a good note. So a message to the queen: Happy birthday, Rihanna, we love you so much, thank you for creating the perfect soundtrack for our lives, I hope to listen more from you soon! XOXO
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