For the past decade and a half, Rihanna has been an undisputed, impossibly consistent hitmaker, tossing out smash after smash and evolving her sound along with popular music as a whole. As the No. 1 singles have piled up, Rih’s imprint on our culture has become everlasting — it’s hard to imagine a wedding reception, club night or any type of celebratory soundtrack without her unmistakable voice popping up.
Rihanna’s hits have never been confined to one era of her artistry, and as such, all eight of her albums boast still-potent radio fodder. While we patiently await #R9, check out the highest-charting Hot 100 hit from every Rihanna album so far:
Music of the Sun (2005):
“Pon de Replay,” No. 2 peak
Rihanna was just 17 years old when her debut album, Music of the Sun, was released in the United States, and she didn’t wait long to become a top 40 radio presence in America. “Pon de Replay” was a breathless dance-pop smash for the young singer, climbing to No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart; Jay-Z, then the president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, had helped deliver the Barbadian star to the States, and she never looked back.
A Girl Like Me (2006):
“SOS,” No. 1 peak
By quickly following up her 2005 debut with the following year’s A Girl Like Me, Rihanna was able to capitalize on the stateside success of “Pon de Replay” and turn that momentum into her first career No. 1 single. “SOS” spent three weeks atop the Hot 100 and became an enduring dance smash; since then, Rih has notched at least one No. 1 single with every new album release.
Good Girl Gone Bad (2007):
“Umbrella” feat. Jay-Z, No. 1 peak (“Take a Bow” and “Disturbia,” No. 1 peaks on deluxe edition)
Had Rihanna’s third studio album simply produced “Umbrella,” a collaboration with Jay-Z that topped Billboard’s 2007 Song of the Summer chart, Good Girl Gone Bad would have been considered a commercial success. But when Rihanna added new tracks onto a Reloaded deluxe edition of the album, she returned to the Hot 100 summit twice more — with the kiss-off ballad “Take a Bow” and the horror-inspired pop banger “Disturbia” — resulting in one of the biggest projects of her career.
Rated R (2009):
“Rude Boy,” No. 1 peak
After changing up her dance-ready approach with “Russian Roulette,” the ballad that led her 2009 LP Rated R and peaked at No. 9 on the Hot 100, Rihanna demonstrated that she could deviate from her tried-and-true formula and still score radio hits. And Rated R still had a chart-topper on its track list: the dancehall-influenced “Rude Boy” would go on to spend five straight weeks at No. 1 in 2010.
“Only Girl (In The World),” “What’s My Name?” feat. Drake & “S&M” feat. Britney Spears, No. 1 peaks
Loud is the only Rihanna album that has been nominated for album of the year at the Grammys, and given its pop culture dominance, it’s no wonder that the Recording Academy would honor the brightly lit pop opus. The first two singles, “Only Girl (In The World)” and “What’s My Name?,” streaked to No. 1 on the Hot 100 — the latter was Drake’s first career chart-topper — while a Britney Spears-assisted remix of the racy “S&M” gave Rihanna a hat trick with the album.
Talk That Talk (2011):
“We Found Love” feat. Calvin Harris, No. 1 peak
As 2011 was the height of EDM’s mainstream boom, it’s fitting that Rihanna’s album Talk That Talk was marked by a pair of collaborations with one of dance music’s biggest superstars. “We Found Love,” featuring Scottish super-producer Calvin Harris, became one of the biggest hits of Rihanna’s career, with 10 total weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100; “Where Have You Been,” another uptempo team-up with Harris on the album, later peaked at No. 5.
“Diamonds,” No. 1 peak
Created with Benny Blanco, StarGate and Sia — the latter was two years away from scoring her solo breakthrough with “Chandelier” — the mid-tempo, passionate “Diamonds” represented a change-up for Rihanna after two albums led by high-octane singles. Not that its more contemplative pace slowed down her momentum: the song became Rih’s twelfth career Hot 100 chart-topper, and the biggest hit from 2012’s Unapologetic.
“Work feat. Drake, No. 1 peak
Following the longest gap between album releases, Rihanna returned in early 2016 with her critically acclaimed Anti album, and a reggae-pop lead single alongside an old friend and frequent collaborator. “Work,” featuring Drake, became the pair’s second No. 1 single together and spent nine weeks atop the Hot 100, while Anti would also spawn the top 10 hits “Love on the Brain” (No. 5 peak) and “Needed Me” (No. 7 peak).