Since Rihanna burst onto the scene over a decade ago, she has quickly become one of the most successful artists at such a young age. By 2017, she had released eight studio albums, racked up handfuls of No. 1 hits across all charts, and grew to have one of the most recognizable voices in pop music today. Through the years, Rihanna teamed up with other artists for pop smash hits as well as R&B hip-hop offerings. AXS is taking a look at the five best Rihanna collaborations.
In 2011, Rihanna released the single "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris who wrote and produced the song. The track was met with mixed reviews based on the simplicity of the lyrics but would go on to spend 10 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 songs chart. The single is to date her longest-running No. 1 on the chart and became one of the most successful songs in the U.S. The song has sold over 10.5 million copies worldwide.
On "This Is What You Came For," Rihanna is featured on the track by Calvin Harris. It became Rihanna's 21st top 5 songs (No. 1) and Harris' second and is his highest peaking song as a lead artist. The song was written by Harris and Nils Sjöberg which was later revealed that that was actually a pseudonym of Taylor Swift's.
In 2007, Rihanna's career began to take off when she would team up with JAY-Z on the track "Umbrella." Not only did it reach No. 1, it earned the duo a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration while receiving nominations for Songs of the Year and Record of the Year, two of the coveted prizes. The song was then remixed by Travis Barker to incorporate more rock elements widening the audience it was reaching.
In 2016, Rihanna collaborated once more with Drake on the song "Work" taken from her eighth studio album Anti. The song had little time after it was announced before it would be released. It became a commercial success after several weeks, topping the Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks and breaking a tie held with Michael Jackson for the most Hot 100 No. 1 songs. Rihanna is now in third place as "Work" became her 14th leader.
Taken from 2012's Unapologetic, "Stay" features Mikky Ekko as a guest vocalist. The track is one of Rihanna's most vulnerable vocal performances released to radio and was also a commercial success. The song reached No. 3 on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary while topping the Pop Songs chart, also known as Mainstream Top 40. The song has moved over 8 million copies worldwide.