Producer: Boi-1da, Noah "40" Shebib, Kuk Harrell
Album: Anti

“Work” demands to be listened to, on repeat, all the time. Once is never enough. And while it’s true that Partynextdoor’s demo is wonderful in its own right, Rihanna’s edits and performance turned it out most completely. That is to say, accept no substitutes. (What was he thinking, singing about hepatitis?) At the risk of playing myself, I’ll add that there’s something wonderful about the looseness of Rihanna’s delivery, the near-slur in her voice. This year, no song started a party faster, or moved you closer to the person who made you forget about the party. —Ross Scarano