Rihanna's 30 Greatest Songs, Ranked

From "Pon de Replay" to "Umbrella"

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29. "Man Down" (2010)

"Man Down" is another Rihanna gem that resonated more with her urban R&B audience than her pop acolytes. It finds her plunging deeper into gruff patois accents than any of her singles to date, and serves as a female response to popular reggae dancehall cuts like Chaka Demus & Pliers' "Murder She Wrote." "The song is about breaking a man's heart," she told Spin. However, the controversial video for "Man Down" expanded the narrative further, depicting Rihanna as a woman who kills a man who raped her. Defending the video, Rihanna explained on the now-cancelled BET show 106 & Park, "We needed to go back to why it happened, because obviously she's not a cold-blooded killer."  

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