Five years ago today, Rihanna's Anti dropped (in somewhat memorably messy fashion) as her first album since 2012's Unapologetic, and thus her first major release following the streaming boom of the mid-'10s.
Despite the issue-plague release, the album debuted to strong reception -- a No. 1 peak on the Billboard 200 albums chart in its first full week, and some of her strongest reviews to date -- and its reputation has only grown in the half-decade since. At the end of 2019, it finished towards the top of many lists of the best albums of the 2010s (including Billboard's, where it finished No. 7), as its free-flowing nature, mostly bite-sized tracks and generally intense vibiness generally helped make it a perfect pop album for the streaming era, with nearly every song turning into some kind of fan favorite.