Happy 25th Birthday Riri! – Nine Rihanna Songs for Nine Relationship Status


Throughout her career, Rihanna has created albums that cover all kinds of emotions — and she’s never been afraid to push the boundaries in her music, style, or public persona.

To celebrate her 25th birthday, we’re sharing a Rihanna song to match every relationship status, highlighting how her lyrics manage to strike a chord. With hits that touch on attraction, breakups, makeups, and everything in between, here are nine Rihanna songs to suit every relationship status.

Here we go……

1. The OMG Infatuation

The song: “S.O.S. (Rescue Me)”

S.O.S., please, someone help me
It’s not healthy for me to feel this way
Y.O.U. are making this hard
I can’t take it, see, it don’t feel right

Why it works: Sometimes those normal, flirty butterflies of a crush can start to feel over-the-top obsessive.


2. Hopelessly Devoted

The song: “Hate That I Love You”

And I hate how much I love you, boy
I can’t stand how much I need you
And I hate how much I love you, boy
But I just can’t let you go
And I hate that I love you so

Why it works: No matter what’s happened or what kind of relationship has ended, it’s never easy to let go of someone you’ve loved.


3. Dating

The song: “What’s My Name”

You’re so amazing
You took the time to figure me out
That’s why you take me
Way past the point of turning me on

Why it works: Commitment comes when somebody invests time in a relationship and moves it into more emotional territory.


4. Broken Up

The song: “Take a Bow”

Don’t tell me you’re sorry, ’cause you’re not, baby
When I know you’re only sorry you got caught
But you put on quite a show
Really had me going, but now it’s time to go
Curtain’s finally closing
That was quite a show, very entertaining
But it’s over now, go on and take a bow

Why it works: When someone’s cheated or been dishonest in a relationship, walking away can be the best way to go.


5. The On-Again, Off-Again Relationship

The song: “Complicated”

Sometimes I get you
Sometimes I don’t understand
Sometimes I love you
Sometimes it’s you I can’t stand
Sometimes I wanna hug you
Sometimes I wanna push you away
Most times I wanna kiss you
Other times, punch you in the face

Why it works: Not every relationship can be smooth sailing, and sometimes it can turn into a game. When two people aren’t on the same page, you’re stuck with the on-again, off-again dynamic.


6. Single

The song: “Where Have You Been”

I’ve been everywhere, man
Looking for someone
Someone who can please me
Love me all night long
I’ve been everywhere, man
Looking for you, babe
Looking for you, babe
Searching for you, babe

Why it works: Relationships are all about finding the right timing, and when you’re single, it can feel like a waiting game.


7. It’s Complicated

The song: “Stay”

Not really sure how to feel about it
Something in the way you move
Makes me feel like I can’t live without you
It takes me all the way
I want you to stay

Why it works: When there’s a connection that you can’t put into words, it’s hard to know exactly how you feel or why you feel that way.


8. Friends With Benefits

The song: “S&M”

Love is great, love is fine
Out the box, out of line
The affliction of the feeling
Leaves me wanting more

Why it works: A no-strings-attached physical relationship can seem like a good idea, but it’s not easy when there are feelings involved.


9. In a Relationship

The song: “Umbrella”

When the sun shines, we’ll shine together
Told you I’ll be here forever
Said I’ll always be a friend
Took an oath, I’ma stick it out till the end
Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know than we’ll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella

Why it works: It’s not always rainbows and butterflies in a committed relationship, and part of making it work is choosing to be loyal and supportive even during the toughest times.


What Rihanna song is playing through your head right now? Ha ha! Got you!

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  1. Amanda Reginald February 23, 2013 at 7:01 AM - Reply

    Nice work. U tried in analysing the songs like this. Thumbs up.

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