After the releases of 2005's Music of the Sun and 2006's A Girl Like Me, Rihanna was tired of playing it safe and decided to shock the world with her third album—Good Girl Gone Bad. The singer cut her princess locks into a sharp jet-black bop, traded her sparkly dresses for spikes and transformed her sound from uninspiring R&B to a fusion of dance, hip-hop, soul and rock.
The era sparked a change for Rihanna's career, officially carving out her place in the industry among the greats of her idols like Janet Jackson and Madonna. She was no longer the pretty girl-next-door singer. No, we were now looking at the next pop icon and didn't even realize at the time. Good Girl Gone Bad is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA, 6x Platinum in the U.K., debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 9 million copies worldwide. It also birthed some of Rihanna's most well known singles to date like "Umbrella," "Don't Stop the Music" and "Take a Bow"and earned her seven GRAMMY nominations.
So in honor of its anniversary, let's get into our personal rankings of every song on the album!
Rihanna's honest reveals about her distrust in people and reflections on the music industry just wasn't enough to save the penultimate track on the Good Girl Gone Bad standard edition. "Question Existing" was a fresh sound for the singer at the time, yet it didn't hold up well 10 years later. Rating: 4/10