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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Rihanna Songs

See which song beat “Diamonds” and “We Found Love” for the top spot

Rihanna; Readers' Poll

After Rihanna released 'Anti,' her eighth album, we asked you to tell us the best songs of her career

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Rihanna is one of pop's biggest hitmakers, but her recently released eighth album Anti proves that she has the ability to successfully depart from that chart-topping streak to create music that is both weird and vulnerable. Not only has her chart dominance been successful, but the quality and trailblazing nature of her singles have been just as consistent. In honor of Rih's long-awaited new material, we asked our readers to vote for the 10 best songs by the Barbadian pop star. Here are the results.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03: Rihanna performs live on stage at Allphones Arena on October 3, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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“We Found Love” Featuring Calvin Harris

After Harris opened for Rihanna on her Loud tour, the DJ ended up producing one of Rihanna's biggest show-stopping club hits of her career. With over 10 million copies sold, the electrifying track is also Rihanna's best-selling single and the song that helped push Harris into the mainstream as a superstar DJ. "It changed absolutely everything," Harris told The Sun in 2012. "Career-wise it was the best thing that could ever have happened. For example, in America my tune 'Feel So Close' came out about three months before. But when 'We Found Love' came out, the radio started playing 'Feel So Close' like it was the single after. Then that did really well, it charted well and sold a lot of copies."

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03: Rihanna performs live on stage at Allphones Arena on October 3, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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“Diamonds”

The shimmering, Sia-penned "Diamonds" may be one of Rihanna brightest pure-pop moments. The romantic song has the singer belting over a simple drum beat and a delicately assembled combination of synths and orchestral instrumentation. In an interview with The Source, producer Benny Blanco noted that he produced the song as if "Kanye can rap on it." He explained further: "We weren't thinking of Rihanna at all and [it's] the one that turned into the Rihanna record."

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03: Rihanna performs live on stage at Allphones Arena on October 3, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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“Stay” Featuring Mikky Ekko

The soaring "Stay" is the finest ballad of Rihanna's career, presenting a type of vulnerability that had been rarely seen in her career prior and completely embraced on her eighth album, Anti. The piano-driven song has Rihanna singing alongside Mikky Ekko, a superb vocal companion whose higher range perfectly complements Rihanna's mezz0-soprano. With "Stay," Rihanna proved that simplicity suits her just as well as club excess.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03: Rihanna performs live on stage at Allphones Arena on October 3, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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“Umbrella” Featuring Jay Z

Rihanna's career has been marked by her ability to easily top the charts, but "Umbrella" is undoubtedly her most recognizable and iconic single. Joined by Jay Z, Rihanna officially made the transition from teen pop star to R&B's reigning princess with this fun, sexy single. She's also never been catchier than with the track's unforgettable "under my umbrella, ella, ella, a, a, a" of the hook above booming, joyful synth. As naturally as the track fits into the trajectory of Rihanna's career, rumor has it that the song was originally meant for Britney Spears.

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