Rihanna's 30 Greatest Songs, Ranked

From "Pon de Replay" to "Umbrella"

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3. "Love on the Brain" (2016)

"I think a lot of people have a misperception of me," Rihanna told Kanye West in a 2010 chat for Interview. "They only see the tough, defensive, aggressive side. But every woman is vulnerable. They have vulnerability. So of course I’m going to have that side." Anti featured multiple instances of her at her most vulnerable, but none tore the house down more than this neoclassic soul track, in which she alternates between her falsetto and torch-singer range over a deliberate, slow-dance–ready arrangement. "We wanted the song to be old school ­– a mix between Prince and Al Green," co-writer Fred Ball told Genius. "We wanted it to have that juxtaposition of an old-school soul feel with modern lyrics." Ball and co-writer Joseph Angel didn't write the track with Rih in mind, but it wound up fitting in perfectly with Anti's tender side.

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