100 songs of the decade: Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna

 100 songs of the decade: Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna

Written by: Crystal Johnson, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Sandy Wilhelm
Produced by: Stargate, Sandy Vee and Kuk Harrell
Album: Loud
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.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
  • You can follow the rolling, daily-updated playlist below, or here.

Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.