Day 134: SOS

Song: “SOS” by Rihanna
Reached #1: May 13, 2006 (her first, 3 weeks)
Previously: Day 87

Would you rescue her?

I talked about Rihanna’s relationship with Chris Brown last time, so I’m only going to mention the irony that this song is about a woman needing rescue briefly…

…actually, that’s it.

As we’ve seen throughout the blog, the success of a song makes you wonder about choices.  This song wasn’t offered to Rihanna first.  No, Def Jam Records head honcho L.A. Reid wanted Christina Milian to record “SOS”.   She wasn’t feeling it, apparently, and passed.  The two most immediate results?  Rihanna took it to #1, and Def Jam would drop Milian due to lack of sales.

“SOS” also indirectly gave the ‘80s British synth-pop duo Soft Cell their best chart position in the USA – yes, when you listen to the song and say “hey, that riff sounds familiar”, it’s because it was sampled from Soft Cell’s only American hit, “Tainted Love”.  They reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on their own – their riff went on to bigger and better things without them…

Oh, and to make you feel older… Rihanna was all of 18 when “SOS” hit #1.  Which means, yes, she was 17 when “Pon de Replay” came out (and got to #2 on the chart).  OK, I feel a bit older when I read that.  Your mileage may vary.

She’s had 9 #1 hits.  She’s 24.  She’s got plenty of time to break all kinds of records. 

Tomorrow, we stay in the tropics – we just shift from Barbados to Miami…

Other songs that reached #1 on May 13:
1967 –
“The Happening” by the Supremes (their tenth, 1 week)
1978 – “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman (her first, 1 week)
1989 – “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi (their fourth, 1 week)


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