Rihanna is now a household name, but it’s been a journey to get here. She began her foray into the music biz at just 15-years-old, when she formed a girl group with two of her friends in her native Barbados and was soon discovered by producer extraordinaire Evan Rogers. He saw the potential in Ri, and opted to leave her bandmates behind. She eventually made her way stateside, recorded “Pon de Replay,” and grabbed the attention of one Jay-Z. The rest is history.

Now, Rihanna has eight studio albums to her name, spanning all kinds of genres and feelings and texturesFrom her sweet, youthful Caribbean sounds to the sultry explicitness of her later work, Rihanna is fearless in broadening her horizons. There's a lot of ground to cover. Rihanna is often painted as a singles artist, but there are many album cuts that warrant your time, too. We've dug through the best of the best. These are the 30 best Rihanna songs.

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