Appearing both on her standout album Blackout and its follow up Circus, Radar’s journey to being released a a single was one that continues to baffle me to this day. The now infamous video that takes cues from Madonna’s Take A Bow ‘polo themed’ clip is hilarious given the thumping bass of the track.
Following a summer of rising up the chart it became #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in a moment that baffled both those stateside and here in the UK where Jay Sean has never managed the same feat. In fact, for me it was interesting to note that Down is one of just a handful of songs from a UK act to reach the top spot overseas and not here.
Pour It Up is probably the song that cemented the transition from the Pop bangers of old into the ‘new Rihanna’ that we saw release Anti earlier this year. It’s 2 minutes and 41 seconds of Rihanna grinding and wailing over a trap beat, but sometimes that’s all you need in life.
There’s something so perfect about surrounding a dance record with strings. Release Me is a bombastic banger of a song, with huge vocals from Agnes and a throbbing bassline, but it remains classy throughout.
By far the best ‘Shout out all of your names’ openings that pop music has seen in the last 10 years, Takin’ Back My Love is an underrated classic.
Holiday isn’t just the peak of Dizzee Rascal’s crossover into the mainstream, but it’s also probably the breakthrough moment for the now global force of dance music Calvin Harris who wrote and produced the track.
100 Plays Later is a series that is exactly how it sounds. I try to explain how I’ve managed to reach a century of plays on songs you may not even recognise. Or explain what it’s like to listen back to my favourite songs for the 238th time. G4L – Rihanna – 105 Plays Rated …