Weeks on Chart: 6
Peak: No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100, Currently
Current Radio Play Frequency No. 7 on Billboard's Radio Chart
It's historically been hard to warm up to a slow Rihanna song, and that's equal parts due to the natural quality of her vocals, the persona she's carved for herself as a pop star, and, unfortunately, what we know about Rihanna the person. She's long overdue for a meaningful ballad, and her most recent attempts haven't held a candle to her more EDM-influenced material, but even as I write that I feel like a mom imploring her kids to eat their vegetables, which is weird. The towering ballad should be a staple in any pop diva's catalog, but meandering, laggy lowlights like 2010's "California King Bed" made me think that Rihanna might be an exception to that rule. The past year has seen a steady stream of sweat-drenched dance hits that were so much fun it felt objectively incorrect to say that anything was missing.