Barbadian music superstar Rihanna has released a number of singles that we've all enjoyed listening to over the last 10 years. Dubbed one of the top selling singles artist of all-time, Rihanna has collaborated with various A-listers including, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and more. In addition, her songs, which fuses Pop, R&B, reggae, and dance music, has landed her plenty of honors from Grammys to AMA trophies.
However, Rihanna also recorded numerous songs that were largely aggressive, whether they were about sex or violence. When she recorded these songs, she showed another side to her versatility, and she endured even more growth in her fanbase.
Check out our Top 10 Thugged Out/Sexed Up Rihanna Songs that make us want to be assertive, confident, and transparent.
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Rihanna was more than likely sexually aroused when she wrote "Red Lipstick." She sings, "All up in my mental, gotta get up in my physical" & then "lemme grab my tit while you sit & rush." She talks about how much she wants to be pleased by her man, and she refuses to fight the feeling.
"Cockiness" is from Rihanna's album, Talk That Talk, and it depicts Rihanna's yearning for sex and how a guy should fulfill her pleasure. She clearly wants the guy to be her sex slave when she sings,"suck my cockiness/lick my persuasion." The lyrical content is similar to "Birthday Cake," but it's more raunchy and sexually explicit. We guess Rihanna likes it rough at times.
Numb ft Eminem
When Rihanna collaborated with Grammy award winning rapper Eminem on "Numb," the song was more of a disparate offering. Rihanna is singing about feeling numb after taking narcotics, and you aren't able to move. The following lines, "Ecstasy in the air/ I don't care/Can't tell me nothing/I'm impaired" further explains the end result of being high after using drugs. It wasn't her best record, but Rihanna set the mood for anyone who is ready to escape from the world for a few hours by smoking a blunt.
This pop track, written and produced by Ne-Yo, is from Rihanna's Rated R album. On "Russian Roulette," she sings about the battered woman syndrome in an abusive relationship. The forlorn record would allow a despairing woman to be comfortable with the lyrical content and composition of the song. This song is dedicated to women who are striving to end a volatile relationship, especially when you put your time, effort, and love in it as well. The sound can be frenetic because she says "pull the trigger," but you must be strong and take a chance.
"G4L" or "Gangsta For Life" is about Rihanna having her girls back because she is ready to rumble. There is work that Rihanna has to complete so she is rolling up her sleeves to get the job done. The lyrics can be infernal, but the girls are unified as she sings, "We're an army, better yet a navy."
Run This Town
Jay Z, Rihanna, and Kanye West – "Run This Town" is from Jay Z's 2009 album, The Blueprint 3. The trio wrote the Grammy award winning song, and it turned out to be a commercial success. It was a great comeback for Rihanna at the time due to the altercation with her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown. It was an anthem for Rihanna, Jay, and Kanye to let everyone know that they run "this city" and they are here to stay. It was their way to tell everyone that they are unbreakable, and you can't touch their crown.
Pour It Up
The upbeat and hip-hop driven "Pour It Up" is a club banger for anyone looking to ball out and/or have a little fun in a regular or strip club. The catchy hook will make you feel empowered to do something priceless.
Hard ft Young Jeezy
"Hard" is from Rihanna's fourth album, Rated R, and it was produced by Terius "The Dream" Nash. Nash also co-wrote the song with Rihanna, Christopher Stewart, and Young Jeezy. Based on the song's lyrics, you can tell that Rihanna was feeling some kind of way because she speaks about power and strength. On the record Rihanna says, "No fear, and while you getting your cry on/I'm getting my fly on/ Sincere, I see you aiming at my pedestal/I betta let ya' know." This is a great song to listen to, especially when you're ready to take charge of your life, and nothing or no one will interfere with your happiness. You can include this song on your playlist when you're working out at the gym. Jeezy's verse in the song talks about being the best at what you do, and it emulates strength.
"Man Down" is a slick bombastic, dancehall record. Rihanna sings about shooting a man down after seeking revenge. However, she regrets taking his life because she never thought that would be her final decision. Rihanna sings about the shooting in narrative form, which makes it so compelling and intense at the same time.
Bitch Better Have My Money
This song is a completely different sound from her single, "FourFiveSeconds," with Paul McCartney and Kanye West. "Bitch Better Have My Money" is very direct and frank, and this woman needs to be paid. Rihanna is calling the shots in the song, and she sings with so much confidence. Many females will reassure themselves that they are "a boss" or will feel more alive after listening to this song.