Throughout her career, Rihanna has often been labeled a singles artist. To be fair, it did take her seven tries to finally snag a No. 1 album, despite scoring numerous hit singles.
After a couple of misses leading up to the launch of Anti, I feared Rihanna’s best days might’ve been behind her. The 28-year-old certainly proved all her critics wrong with “Work.” The dancehall-tinged track is her latest to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Believe it or not, “Work” is her 14th chart-topper. A couple of them are suspect in my opinion because all she does is sing the hook on predominantly rap songs. It seems like cheating to me, but if it’s okay with Billboard, it’s fine with me. Even if you take away her rap collabos, she still has plenty.
With 14 number ones, RiRi passes Michael Jackson to have the third-most Hot 100s of all-time. Only The Beatles and Mariah Carey are ahead of her with 20 and 18 chart-toppers respectively. Watch out Mimi, the Barbados-born singer and her Navy are coming for you next 😉
Check out all her No. 1 hits below. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of the post to see my ranking of all her hits.
Rihanna’s Billboard No. 1 Songs
I can definitely understand how people find the chorus a tad annoying but I kinda love it. Somehow it all works. It was definitely wise for Rihanna to hook up with Drake for a third time. Whenever she collaborates with the Canadian rapper, magic happens. All three of their singles cracked the Top 10 with two hitting pole position. If she ever finds herself in a rut again, just call on Drizzy to save the day.
No matter what she releases in future years, I guarantee this will most likely remain my least favorite among her rap collaborations and discography as a whole. There’s just something about it that I don’t connect with. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking this.
Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Truth be told, when I first ranked her singles, “Diamonds” was one of my least favorites. The “shine bright like a diamond” during the chorus really irritated me. Eventually though, I came around on the Sia-penned track. It was hard not to given it was practically inescapable. From the clubs to the grocery store, it was everywhere.
We Found Love
Album: Talk That Talk
Love that she collaborated with EDM maestro Calvin Harris on this track. It gave her fans a different sound not previously heard from her before. Pure genius to cast an on-screen boyfriend to resemble her ex, Chris Brown. Nothing drums up sales like a bit of controversy.
When Loud album first leaked, “S&M” was one of my instant favorites. Too bad, the video didn’t measure up. It was a bit cliché and blatantly ripped of David LaChapelle’s signature style. Plus it featured Perez Hilton in the video. Can we please send him on a one-way flight to the Bermuda Triangle along with Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton?
What’s My Name
OOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGG. Word’s cannot express how much I love this song. Definitely one of my favorites from her discography. The “oh, na, na, na” part is so catchy. I also like the fact she incorporates a reggae vibe to represent her homeland. Keepin’ it real. She and Drake always deliver. “Take Care” is another fantastic collabo.
Only Girl (In The World)
At first, I wasn’t a fan of this song. Then I saw a drag queen perform it and instantly I became hooked. How hilarious is that? A lot of people don’t like this video, but I do. I appreciate that fact the clip is all about her looking sexy and happy once again. At long last, her depressing Rated R days were finally behind her.
Love the Way You Lie
Album: Recovery (Eminem album)
This is one of three tracks that predominantly feature another artist with Rihanna just singing the chorus. Some say it’s not fair she gets credit for these No. 1s. Admit it though, without her vocals on these tracks, they wouldn’t be as powerful. Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan fighting in the video wouldn’t resonate the same emotional impact.
Album: Rated R
IMHO, this is the only gem during her dark and somber Rated R era. Like “What’s My Name“, I love the dancehall vibe of this track. When RiRi shakes those hips, she can give Shakira’s non-lying hips a run for their money.
Album: Good Girl Gone Bad
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this was the first time we saw Rihanna go edgy for a video. That risk paid in dividends. She no longer was that R&B chick and became a bonafide pop star. It was her best selling single with over 4.3 million units sold, until “We Found Love” came along with 4.6+ million. Fun fact, I rock the “Disturbia” dance routine on XBox Kinect’s “Dance Central”. No flash cards needed. How ya like me now? LOL.
Live Your Life
Album: Paper Trail (T.I. album)
Here’s the third chart topper with Rihanna, in essence, being just a guest star. Once again, Rihanna’s vocals on the chorus make the song. No offense T.I.
Take A Bow
Album: Good Girl Gone Bad
Her sole ballad to top Billboard’s Hot 100. Such a beautiful song. That being said, the Seamus Haji dance remix of “Take A Bow” slays. That version is still one of my favorite dance remixes.
Album: Good Girl Gone Bad
This song was such a huge hit that summer, multiple covers from famous and not-so-famous people kept popping up on YouTube. Mandy Moore’s stripped down version was a favorite, along with Chris Brown’s , “You Can Be My Cinderella” version. Obviously his version didn’t end up happily ever after 😉 The song was a global hit and earned her multiple Grammy nominations. Did you know there was a Rihanna Curse? Several countries blamed the song for their nation’s unusual weather. LOL.
Album: A Girl Like Me
It was Rihanna’s first ever No. 1. Instead of signaling for help, it signaled the beginning of Rihanna’s domination of the Hot 100. I completely forgot about this song until doing this post. Man, this track brings me back to that summer. I must’ve heard it 1,000 times at the clubs and in my car that year. Good times.
Not going to lie. I absolutely love “What’s My Name“, but feared if I ranked it at the top of my list, I’d start a riot. There’s just something about that track that I just can’t get out of my head. Check out my list below and see if you agree with my order. If you disagree, I’d like to know how you’d rank them.
- 1. Umbrella
- 2. What’s My Name
- 3. Disturbia
- 4. Diamonds
- 5. Rude Boy
- 6. We Found Love
- 7. Take A Bow
- 8. Only Girl (In The World)
- 9. Work
- 10. Live Your Life
- 12. S.O.S.
- 12. S&M
- 13. Love The Way You Lie
- 14. The Monster
Now that you’ve seen my ranking of Rihanna’s No. 1s, how would you rate them? Post your rankings below.