The charts are always a brighter place with our RiRi, and she recently shone that light of hers yet again on Wild Thoughts, her collaboration with DJ Khaled & Bryson Tiller. A huge success, the song charted at Number 3 in its opening week. A cherry on top? The song is her 30th UK Top 10 entry. Wowzers.
Let's get to Work – we're counting down her most purchased singles (downloads and CD singles) in the UK. We're feeling generous so will chuck some all-time streaming figures in as a cheeky bonus.
We Found Love
Supported by what is arguably Rihanna’s most memorable video – featuring RiRi eating chips, getting wasted and smashing up a corner shop in Northern Ireland – the happy-sad brilliance of We Found Love went straight in at Number 1 on 9 October and stayed there for three weeks, before being toppled by Professor Green and Emeli Sandé. But it wasn’t over yet: We Found Love took a two-week break from the top spot only to snatch it back again and stay atop the Official Singles Chart for three more weeks!
Credit where it’s due: the song was written and produced by our very own Calvin Harris, who not only bagged a feature credit for his stellar work, he rocked up in the video too, DJing at what looks like the world’s smallest rave.
Sales: 1.41 million
Streams: 26 million
ChartFact: Rihanna kept some big tunes off the top spot for those six weeks: Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 (two weeks), The Wanted's Lightning, Take A Chance On Me by JLS, Flo Rida’s Good Feeling and Olly Murs’ Dance With Me Tonight. She was finally deposed for a second time by the X Factor finalists’ cover of Wishing On A Star.
Love The Way You Lie (with Eminem)
This team-up between two of the music world’s biggest names caught the public’s imagination, spending 14 straight weeks in the Top 10 upon release. Crucially, however, it never hit the big one, peaking at Number 2. That’s just the way it goes sometimes, eh?
Despite not reaching Number 1, Love The Way You Lie ended up as 2010’s biggest selling single, shifting over 850,000 copies in that year alone.
Sales: 1.25 million
Streams: 26 million
ChartFact: Love The Way You Lie spent four weeks at Number 2, held off the top spot by Yolanda Be Cool’s We No Speak Americano, Flo Rida’s Club Can’t Handle Me, Roll Deep’s Green Light and Taio Cruz’s Dynamite. All classics.
Only Girl (In The World)
The follow-up to Love The Way You Lie was a change of direction for Rihanna. While she had flirted with dance music on songs like SOS, Only Girl (In The World) was the first time she got her hands in the air and went all-out dance. And it was the right move to make. Only Girl (In The World) – we love a song with a solid pair of brackets in the title – was actually beaten to Number 1 by Cheryl Cole’s Promise This in its first week of release. But you can’t keep RiRi down – she soon turfed Cheryl out, taking up residency for two weeks before JLS’s Love You More came along.
Rihanna made headlines when the farmer who owned the field featured in the video objected to our girl prancing around it in her scants.
Sales: 1.16 million
Streams: 11.4 million
ChartFact: Only Girl (In The World) has the highest first-week sales of all Rihanna’s singles, shifting 126,000 copies in its first seven days. And still only went in at Number 2!
With Only Girl (In The World), Rihanna scored her second million seller in just seven weeks.
This Sia-penned track gave Rihanna her fourth record-breaking million-seller – only the Beatles have more than her. Spending a mere week at the top, Diamonds still managed 14 weeks in the Top 40 and was the 11th best selling single of 2012.
Sales: 1.1 million
Streams: 23.5 million
ChartFact: Rihanna knocked Psy’s Gangnam Style off Number 1, much to many pop fans’ delight, and was chucked off the top by Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child, which is also a million-seller.
You could argue this is the track that really made the world take proper notice of Rihanna. Spending 10 straight weeks at Number 1 – fittingly, during one of the most miserable British summers ever – Umbrella was the second biggest selling single of the year. It was also RiRi’s first Number 1; seven more were on their way.
Streams: 15 million
ChartFact: Rihanna kept Maroon 5’s It Makes Me Wonder at Number 2 for two weeks – she’d keep Adam and co at bay again four years later with We Found Love. Other acts who found themselves at Number 2 getting poked in the eye by Rihanna’s brolly include Mutya Buena, White Stripes and Kate Nash for three weeks.
The rest of the Top 10
What’s My Name (6) was the first time Rihanna scored consecutive chart-toppers and has sold 855,000. It was the first of four Top 40 collaborations with Drake for RiRi – the latest, Work, is sitting at Number 35 on the list.
Three is the magic number for S&M (7). The third single from Rihanna’s Loud album to make her Top 10 sellers, S&M was stuck at Number 3 for three weeks in 2011. It's sold 773,000 and gave Rihanna her first consecutive run of four Top 3 hits. She’s not done it again yet.
Rude Boy (8) has notched up 713,000 sales and Rihanna’s collaboration with Mikky Ekko, Stay (9) is on 697,000 sales. Stay reached Number 4 on – you’ve guessed it – four different occasions, but never went any higher. :(
The Monster (10) was another collaboration with Eminem, and this time it went all the way to Number 1, with 695,000 sales. It’s Rihanna’s eighth and most recent chart-topper – just three of her Number 1 hits have not involved a featured artist.
Other notable entries
Obviously all Rihanna tunes are notable, but looking at RiRi’s Top 40, we can see that her debut single Pon De Replay, a Number 2 hit in 2005, comes in 30th, racking up 261,000 sales.
Her 2008 Number 1 Take A Bow sits at Number 16 with 510,000 copies sold, while her chart-topping collaboration with Jay Z and Kanye West, Run This Town, comes in 23rd with 406,000 sales.
Sneaking in elsewhere within Riri's Top 40 are some notable collaborations: This Is What You Came For (her second tag team with Calvin Harris) occupies 21 (469,000), Hate That I Love You with Ne-Yo places at 34 (218,000 sales), while her Number 11-peaking Can't Remember To Forget You with Shakira is at 37 (164,000).
Finally, Rihanna's 40th biggest Top 40 hit goes to What Now, the 53rd (okay, fifth) single from her Unapologetic album with sales of 141,000.
Rihanna's full Official Top 40 biggest selling songs:
|1||WE FOUND LOVE||RIHANNA FT CALVIN HARRIS||1|
|2||LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE||EMINEM FT RIHANNA||2|
|3||ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD)||RIHANNA||1|
|5||UMBRELLA||RIHANNA FT JAY-Z||1|
|6||WHAT'S MY NAME||RIHANNA FT DRAKE||1|
|9||STAY||RIHANNA FT MIKKY EKKO||4|
|10||THE MONSTER||EMINEM FT RIHANNA||1|
|11||TAKE CARE||DRAKE FT RIHANNA||9|
|12||WHO'S THAT CHICK||DAVID GUETTA FT RIHANNA||6|
|13||PRINCESS OF CHINA||COLDPLAY & RIHANNA||4|
|15||FOURFIVE SECONDS||RIHANNA/KANYE WEST/MCCARTNEY||3|
|16||TAKE A BOW||RIHANNA||1|
|17||WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN||RIHANNA||6|
|19||LIVE YOUR LIFE||TI FT RIHANNA||2|
|20||DON'T STOP THE MUSIC||RIHANNA||4|
|21||THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR||CALVIN HARRIS FT RIHANNA||2|
|23||RUN THIS TOWN||JAY-Z FT RIHANNA & KANYE WEST||1|
|24||ALL OF THE LIGHTS||KANYE WEST FT RIHANNA||15|
|26||CALIFORNIA KING BED||RIHANNA||8|
|27||WORK||RIHANNA FT DRAKE||2|
|29||SHUT UP AND DRIVE||RIHANNA||5|
|30||PON DE REPLAY||RIHANNA||2|
|31||FLY||NICKI MINAJ FT RIHANNA||16|
|32||CHEERS (DRINK TO THAT)||RIHANNA||15|
|33||YOU DA ONE||RIHANNA||16|
|34||HATE THAT I LOVE YOU||RIHANNA FT NE-YO||15|
|35||TOO GOOD||DRAKE FT RIHANNA||3|
|36||REHAB||RIHANNA FT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE||16|
|37||CAN'T REMEMBER TO FORGET YOU||SHAKIRA FT RIHANNA||11|
|38||TALK THAT TALK||RIHANNA FT JAY-Z||25|
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Take a trip down memory lane by looking back at all (yes, ALL) of Rihanna's single and album artwork below:
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