14. "Work" (feat. Drake) (2016)
In 2016, American audiences went crazy for Caribbean music again, and Rihanna was at the center of the trend: Her and Drake's sinuous dancehall homage "Work" was one of the year's defining tracks. "This song is definitely a song that represents my culture, so I had to put a little twist on my delivery," Rihanna told Vogue in regards to the imaginative vocalese she weaves throughout the chorus. "Because I felt like if I enunciated the words too perfectly, it would just not be the same attitude or the same sass. Because that's how we speak in the Caribbean." Despite the song's hypnotic and sexy vibe, the lyrics describe about a woman who's burnt out from the "work" she has to put into a relationship. "People think that's a party song. It's a breakup song," Partynextdoor, who wrote the lyrics, told RS. "It's blues. I went from braggadocious to blues."