There are only a handful of femmes that can make being bad look so good and do it so well. Rihanna, without a doubt, is one of them. With her free spirit, style and talent, the Barbadian singer has won the hearts of many since her pre-Roc Nation days. Now her sixth studio album, Nov. 2011's "Talk That Talk," has spawned a huge Hot 100 favorite -- "We Found Love" has zoomed up the list of her top 20 Billboard hits. And all before her 24th birthday Monday (Feb. 20, 2012).
To celebrate Rihanna's birthday, Billboard.com is counting down her 20 biggest Billboard hits. This chart of Rihanna's 20 top Billboard hits is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 through the chart dated Feb. 25. Songs are ranked using an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least.
Released in the summer of 2007, this sexy "woman as car" metaphor track is one of four songs from that album to make it onto this list of Rihanna's biggest hits. In the song, she purrs that she's looking for a driver and "can you handle the curves?" Apparently the answer was yes. The song spent plenty of quality time on the Hot 100 and reached as far as No. 15.
Break It Off
Rihanna & Sean Paul Hot 100 Peak Position: 9
This 2006 single from Rihanna's album "A Girl Like Me" was not only performed with Sean Paul, he also co-wrote the song, a "feelin' naughty" duet of sorts that moved into the top 10 of the Hot 100.
Cheers (Drink To That)
Rihanna Hot 100 Peak Position: 7
Released at the tail end of 2010, this "Loud" single (one of four from that album to make this list) indeed gave Rihanna something to toast about as the party-centric tune moved up to No. 7 on the Hot 100.
Rihanna featuring Jeezy Hot 100 Peak Position: 8
Rihanna enlisted rapper Jeezy for this "Rated R" bombastic, uptempo jam (and its fashion-forward battle field-set video). No one has ever rocked a soldier's helmet (or a tank) quite like RiRi did. The combination was more than enough to catapult the 2009 track to the top 10 of the Hot 100.
Rihanna Hot 100 Peak Position: 6
Rihanna has all the bases of pop music covered. Dancefloor anthems? Check. Sweet collabs with superstar rappers? Check. Double-diva pop gems? Sure. Ballads? Also, sure. Her melancholy 2006 single (from "A Girl Like Me") took her to No. 6 on the Hot 100.
Hate That I Love You
Rihanna featuring Ne-Yo Hot 100 Peak Position: 7
"Good Girl Gone Bad" was more than good for Rihanna, spawning this, one of several Hot 100 hits. With a little help from Ne-Yo, the track reached No. 7 in 2007.
Rihanna Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (three weeks)
Rihanna, an infectious beat, and a healthy "Tainted Love"-inspired melody? Yes, please. "S.O.S.," which finds RiRi begging for rescue from a boy she's fallen for "head over heels," spent three whole weeks atop the Hot 100 in 2006.
Don't Stop The Music
Rihanna Hot 100 Peak Position: 3
We defy you to get the hook from this pounding 2007 dancefloor favorite out of your mind. Not only did it reach the top five of the Hot 100, it generated a Grammy nomination.
Pon De Replay
Rihanna Hot 100 Peak Position: 2
One by one, two by two, everyone in the club was certainly rocking to the beat of this 2005 single, which made it all the way to No. 2 on the Hot 100 and helped establish Rihanna as a hitmaker to be reckoned with.
Run This Town
Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West Hot 100 Peak Position: 2
The Roc Nation protégé, alongside Kanye West, teamed up yet again with boss-man Jay-Z for the anthem of 2009. It's worth mentioning that "Run This Town" marked Rihanna's first musical appearance since her altercation with Chris Brown, and what a return it was.
Rihanna plays bad so good. The singer pulls out the whips and chains for the risque "S&M" song and video, even getting flagged by YouTube viewers.
What's My Name?
Rihanna featuring Drake Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (one week)
Rihanna and Drake give us a glimpse into their maybe-was romantic encounter in the "Loud" duet. It became her eighth No. 1 in the fall of 2010.
Only Girl (In The World)
Rihanna Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (one week)
"Only Girl" introduced the world to a red-tressed Rihanna and past her "Rated R" rainy days. And, it took RiRi to a new comfort zone: dance. The first single off "Loud" won the singer a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
Rihanna Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (five weeks)
Rihanna will tell you how she wants it, when she wants, and at what speed. Yes, we said it. Take "Rude Boy." The "Rated R" single's saucy lyrics and vibrant Caribbean visuals kept the singer at No. 1 for five weeks.
Take A Bow
Rihanna Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (one week)
Man, Ne-Yo can surely write a ballad to empower a woman scorned (hear also: "Irreplaceable"). "You're so ugly when you cry. Please. Just cut it out," Rihanna sings on "Take a Bow." The Stargate-produced ballad, heavy with 'tude, took Rihanna all the way to No. 1.
Rihanna Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (two weeks)
There's no denying Rihanna sharpened her acting chops for "Disturbia." But could Chris Brown have done better than his ex? C.Breezy, who co-wrote the two-week No. 1, is said to have passed "Disturbia" to RiRi because he felt a female voice would do it justice.
Rihanna featuring Jay-Z Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (seven weeks)
Jay-Z said it best, "Rihanna: Good girl gone bad." "Umbrella" was a defining moment in Rihanna's career and fashion evolution. The island girl cut and colored her tresses, taking a turn for the sexy and making "Umbrella" Rihanna's longest No. 1 as a lead artist.
Love The Way You Lie
Eminem featuring Rihanna Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (seven weeks)
After a turbulent end to her and Chris Brown's relationship, Rihanna bravely jumped on Eminem's emotional song and controversial video about domestic violence, "Love the Way You Lie," which Rihanna crafted a sequel to on "Loud." It was powerful enough to stay up top for seven weeks straight.
Live Your Life
T.I. featuring Rihanna Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (six weeks)
Who more perfect to team up with T.I. for "Live Your Life" than the "gangsta 4 life" herself, Rihanna? T.I.'s swaggerific anthem of 2008 won the two artists the 2009 BET Hip-Hop Awards for Best Hip-Hop Collaboration and Best Hip-Hop Video.
We Found Love
Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (10 weeks as of chart dated 2/25/12)
This first single from Rihanna's 2011 album "Talk That Talk" "found" its way to No. 1 on the Hot 100 after just six weeks spent climbing the chart. The success of the song made her just the seventh artist in the 53-year history of the Hot 100 to score at least 11 Hot 100 chart-toppers. But RiRi didn't stop with merely one week at No. 1 with this kinetic hit about finding "love in a hopeless place," she saw it stay at the top for an amazing 10 weeks.