Written by: Crystal Johnson, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Sandy Wilhelm
Produced by: Stargate, Sandy Vee and Kuk Harrell
UK release: October 2010
UK chart peak: 1
The best, biggest popstars’ careers have several redefining moments that keep their longevity in check, and after the almighty success of the Good Girl Gone Bad era, and the slightly darker (if less commercially successful) sound of Rated R, along came Loud – which firmly positioned Rihanna as a powerful, immovable hit machine who was sticking around for the long term.
Only Girl (In The World) sounds… massive. It’s obvious from the opening seconds that it’s hurtling towards a big ol’ hands-aloft chorus; and it doesn’t disappoint. For an album that also included classics like What’s My Name, Cheers, Fading, Love The Way You Lie Pt 2… S&M!!… this massive fucking ANTHEM was the perfect launchpad.