Over the past decade, Rihanna has blossomed from an island princess to the modern-day Queen Pop. Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, she was plucked from her self-made girl group at age 15 when music producer, Evan Rodgers, visited her home island Barbados and heard her sing. One year later, Rihanna had packed her bags, moved to the U.S. and signed with Def Jam records.
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Since her humble beginnings, Rihanna has not only dominated the pop genre, but transcended its traditional boundaries. She has immersed herself in a whirlwind electro, dance, folk and reggae (to name a few) and spat out hit after hit at an astonishing rate. In 2015, she became the first artist in history to have 100 million singles digitally downloaded and streamed, and was named the top Mainstream Top 40 (two tops!) chart artist the past two decades by Billboard. Recently, she celebrated 100 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart for her latest studio album Anti, breaking yet another record as a solo female artist.
Her wild success has defined her as one the hottest collaborators in the industry, and her influence reaches far beyond the radio. At this time, last year, she was accepting Harvard’s prestigious Humanitarian Award for her dedication to girls’ education and her contributions to underprivileged families in Barbados. All the while, she was debuting her new Fenty Beauty line, and piecing together her ninth studio album for release this year.
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A character constant reinvention, Rihanna reveals another complex layer with each album she creates. She’s a woman that’s done it all, but yet, somehow, continues to surprise.
Here are the 25 tracks that we think highlight her fiercest artistic prowess, whether that be as a featured guest or main act. Happy Birthday to THE bad gal!!