Worst to Best: Every Rihanna Album Ranked
Rihanna is a mystifying force in entertainment. But before she was the spellbinding fashion icon and Grammy Award-winning artist we know today, she entered the music industry as a 16-year-old carefree Bajan girl.
In 2005, RiRi sang her way onto the music scene as Jay Z's protege. And she rose quickly as the new voice of Caribbean pop music with songs like "Pon de Replay" and "If It's Lovin' That You Want" from her debut album, Music of the Sun.
Her Bajan roots continued to be present on her sophomore album, A Girl Like Me, but pop reigned supreme as she maintained an innocent persona. "Please someone help me," she pleads on "SOS," which seems like an implausible phrase to be uttered from her now. But, in a way, it was a plea. The singer started to feel pigeonholed as industry executives worked to make her appear sinless in the eyes of the public.
"I felt like they were giving me a blueprint," she shared in an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Next Chapter in 2012. "They had a brand, they had an idea of what they wanted me to be without figuring out who I was."
The green-eyed beauty switched things up when it came to 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad. Rihanna chopped off her brown tresses and dyed her hair jet black for this next step. For the first time, she threw away the breezy sounds of her past and harsher drums, crass language and soulful ballads took its place.
The now 27-year-old would continue to navigate her way through soundscapes by experimenting with dubstep, rock and folk music in the albums that followed. But all the while she remained authentic. Whether she's celebrating Kadooment Day in her home country of Barbados, holding babies or giving fans an anthem of the year in a large green fur coat and sunglasses, Rihanna is in control of her image and sound -- just how she likes it. While it's been three years since her last album, Unapologetic, there's one thing for certain: her intention is to keep fans on their toes.
Her forthcoming album, ANTI, is no different. "By continuing to follow her own instincts, her work strives to make an impact by doing the very antithesis of what the public expects," reads an Instagram post the singer shared regarding her new LP.
While fans anticipate Rihanna's next move, we take a look back at the journey that led the bad gyal to where she is now. Check out Worst to Best: Every Rihanna Album Ranked above.