7 super hits that made Rihanna a pop icon
Take A Bow (2007)
Rihanna's "Take A Bow" caused mixed opinions when it was released 12 years ago. The hit of the album "Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded" was critically acclaimed by critics thanks to strong ballad influence, while others criticized its lack of originality. But, undeniably, "Take A Bow" brought Rihanna's name closer to the audience than ever before.
It can be said that "Umbrella" was a breakthrough success, helping Rihanna reach a new turning point in the music career by bringing her a gold gramophone at the 50th Grammy Awards. This was also a song that brought Rihanna a lot of commercial success as well as a high position on the global music charts. The hit contains pop and R&B elements, with a statement about the power of a romantic, pure love story.
What's My Name (2010)
The character Rihanna play in the music video of "What's My Name" was considered a typical imagine of the female singer: redhead, rebellious and lively. Not only was it commercially successful, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart, this hit was also the favorite combination of Rihanna and Drake.
Only Girl (In The World) (2010)
Among the top hits of Rihanna, "Only Girl" is an outstanding work. In "Only Girl", Rihanna transformed into a red-haired girl, raising her voice in the open natural space. Amidst the colorful scenery, the 31-year-old singer sang, showing off her mesmerizing voice. The song's melody is considered to be addictive for listeners.
We Found Love (2011)
A combination of Rihanna and the famous DJ Calvin Harris, "We Found Love" is a strong yet catchy song with controversial music video. This single was the land for Riri to explode as much as possible in every note. About the genre, "We Found Love" is an electro house work that resonates with techo and europop.
The melody of "Diamonds" mixes pop ballad with a little influence from electronic and soul music. The song's content revolves around unhealthy relationships - which are familiar in the musical style of the Barbados star. This hit held on the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained at the top of the music chart of eight countries for a long time. So far, the music video of this "Diamonds" has reached nearly 1.3 billion views on YouTube.
The music video "Stay" is mostly Rihanna sitting in the bathtub amidst the rustic sound of a piano and a guitar. The video is not too complicated with tons of luxurious scenes, but the music is quite obsessive, forcing listeners to drop their hearts into the slowness of the song. The product is a handshake by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko. Although its MV was not heavily invested in terms of context, the hit still raises a lot of emotions through the mournful voice of Rihanna and Mikky Ekko.
By: Quinn Abrams