27. "Take Care" (with Drake) (2011)
"A lot of the energy we bring is genuine," Drake said in 2016 of his long and fruitful collaborative history with Rihanna. It sure sounded genuine on "Take Care." The pair's on-again, off-again relationship seemed clearly to be in "on" mode when they appeared together on the rapturously vulnerable title track from Drake's 2011 second album. Producer Noah "40" Shebib flipped a sample of a Gil-Scott Heron remix by Jamie xx, dangling gorgeous stalactite-like guitar sounds over a slow-build Balearic throb. But the real heat comes from the chemistry of the artists at the center of this sublime musical and emotional drama, as they sing about moving beyond old heartaches to negotiate a scary new future together.