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Single review: Rihanna - Disturbia

Rihanna

Release date

It's out right now!

The style

The latest single from the album Good Girl Gone Bad, this song is a mish-mash of different musical styles.

A funky dance beat is combined with rocky vocals. Sounds strange, but it really works!

It's got a dark, scary feel about it too - right in time for Halloween!

The words

The lyrics are definitely the weakest part of this song.

She seems to be singing about being frightened, but it doesn't actually make a lot of sense!

"It's like the darkness is the light. Disturbia. Am I scaring you tonight?"

Not that this will put off any of her die-hard fans, of course!

Will you still be humming it next week?

Forget 'ella, ella, ella...', from now on everybody will be singing 'bum bum de-bum, bum bum de-bum bum.'

It's got a really great tune that will definitely stick in your head!

Will it make the charts?

It's out there and is doing well already!

NR rating:
Rating

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Your Comments

"I love this song. It's so catchy and I can't stop singing it!"

Melissa, 12, Harrow, England

"I love this song so much, I don't think it will ever get old."

Georgia, 13, Cardiff, Wales

"It's very good, but it's missing something."

Jeven, 10, Milwaukee, USA

"I love Rihanna's Disturbia. It came as a shock because I thought that she couldn't do any better than Take a Bow, but obviously, I was wrong!"

Maddie, 12, Leicestershire, England

"It is so bad even I can do better than that."

Samantha, 9, UK

"I love Rihanna's new song, Disturbia. It's so catchy. I also have it on my phone. She rocks."

Sharmeela, 10, Norfolk, England

"I love the song. I think it's a great song and whenever I hear it I start to sing along."

Amelia, 10, Essex, England

"I love this song; it is really good. The video is quite scary but I still love the song."

Rhiannon, 9, Newport, Wales

"I think Disturbia is OK but it is also kind of boring and it is hard to make out the lyrics. It sounds like they just made it up as they went along!"

Jane, 12, London, England

"THIS song is OK (I hated Umbrella). It does get on your nerves a little bit, though!"

Grace, 10, Preston, England

"I really loved this song; it was one of the best songs she has EVER sung. The video was a bit random, though! I also love her new style - no longer a diva but more ROCK!!"

Kirstie, 12, Scotland

"I am a big fan of Rihanna and I think this is by far her best song. It is different but that is good - all music songs sound the same to me these days so we need people like Rihanna who bring flavour into the industry."

Kalise, 14, London, England

"I think it is really good. Most boys I know don't like Rihanna but this song had the boys singing along as well. My boy cousins, boys from school - most of them don't like Rihanna but Disturbia got them joining in with the girls' singing. It is a great song to be able to do that!"

Kirsten, 11, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I think this song is an attempt at being unique and gothic. Goth is the fashion so it is not unique, moreover it's not gothic... Or dark!! I really am disappointed in Rihanna, because she is a really great artist. This is her weakest song, but to be honest it is really catchy and you just can't help but have it in your head all of the time. Bom bom be-dom bom bom be dom bom!!!"

Shannon, 11, Darlington, England

"This song is weird but it gets stuck in my head ALL THE TIME! It's really catchy! But one bad thing: I hate the video for it."

Carys, 14, South Wales

"This song is really good!! The lyrics are OK... but it's really catchy! I love her other songs, too!!!"

Robyn, 12, Birmingham, England

"I think it is FAB! It is so catchy and you won't be able to get it out of your head! The lyrics are not so good, though."

Sophia, 11, Stockport, England

"I really like her new song and it's so catchy! It's different to what she normally sings, which is rap type, but this time she has come out to tell the world that she can sing songs, too! I think it is her best song yet and I HATED Umbrella! Disturbia deserves more!"

Mollie, 12, Scotland

"It's a great track and I really love it but it can get a bit annoying with the 'bom bom bombom bom bom bombom bom' bit."

Lucii, 11, Solihull, England

"I love the song; it has a great rhythm. It always makes me want to dance and sing."

Neve, 9, Wolverhampton, England

"I do like the song and it is very catchy. I also like the video, but it's getting a bit old now."

Naomi, 11, Northern Ireland

"I think the single is the best. I listen to it all the time. It's BRILLIANT!! Plus it's ACE!"

Charlotte, 9, Bristol, England

"This song is really funky and I love the beat! Bom bom de bom!"

Eleni, 9, Crawley, England

"It is great. The video has a great impact on the music because it has sudden sounds and it also has pop and horror mixed together."

Becky, 10, Worcestershire, England

"It is the best song in the history of the world. I've got the album and I listen to Disturbia all the time."

Lewis, 9, Newcastle, England

"I think this song is really cool; definitely if you like spooky things. I would give it 9/10."

Joanna, 11, Cornwall, England

"I think this song is absolutely amazing! I love the beat, and the techno feel to it. The video is freakishly cool, and the song is so catchy! One of the best from Rihanna, and I don't think there's anything wrong in experimenting! 5/5."

MJ, 13, London, England

"Rihanna has tried something new. You either love it or hate it. Well, I love it! She proved that she can do something different and I appreciate her for that!"

Ya-Yeanor, 13, London, England

"I love this song. The video is really creepy but I've seen worse; for example, any Westlife video. She has done better but this is pretty good. I really don't get why people don't like it. 8/10."

Bethany, 12, Lancaster, England

"It's the song I have been singing for the last week. It's the perfect song for loads of reasons:

1. Rihanna's voice: brilliant

2. The lyrics are easy to remember and catchy.

3. The words are great for Halloween.

4. The music video is 'Disturbia' yet ace."

Ciara, 9, Ireland

"I think that Disturbia is wicked; it makes me want to dance and the video is awesome!"

Alex, 11, Essex, England

"Ugh! Rihanna should stick to R'n'B, or whatever it is that she's 'good' at. She's trying to be scary with this song, but it's too techno-y, and the lyrics make no sense. She also tries to make the video scary, but I honestly just laughed. It's really terrible and yet everyone seems to love it, which irritates me."

Sarah, 13 Armagh, Northern Ireland

"I love Rihanna but I don't that much like Disturbia though."

Ella, 10, England

"Dum dum dee dum dum dum dee dum dum!! Disturbia is a great song and Rihanna has an unusual yet fantastic voice!"

Lola, 10, Middlesex, England

"I really dislike this song and think it is too freaky. The best bit is the very beginning, but that is before she starts singing. It is a huge let down after Umbrella, Shut Up and Drive and Take a Bow - yet it won't get out of my head, so 4/10."

Jennifer, 12, Cheshire, England

"I think this song is absolutely brilliant. I want to listen to it again and again each time I hear it, and I can't help but dance to it!"

Katie, 13, Essex, England

"It's such a catchy song. It's a fantastic song; anyone who doesn't like it must be crazzzzzzzzzzzzzy!!! If you've not heard it, you're missing out!!"

Callum, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think Rihanna is trying too hard to try every single genre in music. I think she will be better off with just R'n'B... Disturbia is a bit off the hook for me and it is all right to listen to five or six times but not all the time..."

Ameera, 12, Nottingham, England

"To put it bluntly, I hate this song. Rihanna's voice is so annoying you'll want to run into a cave just to make sure you don't hear her ever again."

Philip, 13, West Sussex, England

"It is great. The song is a mixture of lyrics and my mates and I love it. The dance is also funny."

Rachel, 11, Milton Keynes, England

"This song rocks my multi-coloured socks. It stays in my mind for days and it is impossible to forget the tune."

Louise, 12, London, England

"I think the song Disturbia is kind of cool. It's a bit scary. It's catchy - bum bum de bum bum bum de bum bum."

Kalifah, 10, London, England

"Altogether Rihanna is great but this song is way better. I love the funky dance moves and beat, especially the great and rocky vocals."

Laura, 11, Basingstoke, England

"A bit creepy but OK."

Megan, 7, Gateshead

"I think Disturbia is one of the best songs ever! I love it and I could listen to it all day without getting bored - that's how good it is!"

Courtney, 11, Bristol, England

"I am a fan of Rihanna and love all her songs. Disturbia is the best by far. It has a great tune, a great beat and simple lyrics - the key things to a great song. If they overcomplicate themselves they are hard to follow."

Stuart, 13, Essex, England

"I think it is OK but after a while you will get bored of it. She's no hero, only a zero!!"

Sophie, 13, Cornwall, England

"It's brilliant! I love it; it's modern and rocky with a scary edge."

Issy, 10, Surrey, England

"I love this song!! It is so catchy and you find yourself singing the tune without realising. It's really funky and great to dance to. I don't know one person who doesn't like it! I really don't think it matters if the lyrics don't make sense because it's a dance song so they don't need to! Think about all the other dance songs that are hot at the moment and look at their lyrics. Love it. 5/5!!"

Susanna, 12, London, England

"It's kind of cool except she really is talking nonsense!"

Eve, 9, Stoke, England

"I think Rihanna always releases special songs, especially this one. I love its lyrics: 'bum bum be dum bum bum be dum bum...' It's just like a magic spell that I can never forget."

Fanny, 14, Taiwan

"I think the song is sick to the max (meaning cool)! Can't wait for the next one."

Sinead, 12, Huddersfield, England

"I love this song; it's my ringtone and my new theme tune, right in time for Halloween!"

Alannah, 10, Dublin, Ireland

"I don't know why people hate this song. I think it's cool that she is always doing different things and not just sticking to hip-hop or rap. This song will be remembered because it is cool and fun."

Kep, 12, Toronto, Canada

"It's the best song of the year and I made my own remix of it."

Zac, 9, Kent, England

"I love it!! Odd video but that doesn't matter. I keep singing bum bum be bum bum bum be bum bum. Not one of her best but certainly enters my top five Rihanna hits."

Melissa, 9, London, England

"This song rox my sox!"

Hayley, 10, Northern Ireland

"Disturbia is so awesome! You can listen to it over and over again without getting bored. Her music video is amazing and it really reflects the lyrics from the song! 100/10."

Emii, 13, Derbyshire, England

"This song is sooooo cool! There is something about it that makes it stay in your head for days! This is one of her best songs!"

Em, 13, Derbyshire, England

"I think that it is alright, but Disturbia is not one of Rihanna's best songs. The lyrics are meaningless and the song is a mix of genres, which I don't think is good for Rihanna. Please make your next song a good one because I am a big fan!!"

Megan, 11, London, England

"I heard this song at my friend's house and I thought it was great! This was surprising as I am not usually a big fan of Rihanna."

Charliangel, 10, Exeter, England

"I really hate this song; it freaks me out!! My friends sing it all the time and it is really strange and spooky!! ARGH..."

Molly, 11, Manchester, England

"I really like this song at the moment! I think it is one of the best songs out! It's a wicked song! Love it!"

Sarah, 14, London, England

"I love this song! I am not too keen on Rihanna's others, but this one is great! I can't help singing the tune in school! Bum bum de-bum!"

Hollie, 10, Peterlee, England

"I heard this once and didn't like it, but my friends thought it was really good. I listened to it for a second time and now I really don't like it! It's pointless and really annoying for me. I love most of Rihanna's other songs though. This just doesn't do it for me!"

Thalaya, 14, Burnley, England

"I love this song, I made a dance up to it."

Lucy, 10, County Durham, England

"I think that it's good, the best song I've heard all month! The only bad thing is NOTHING!!!!"

Megan, 9, Louth, England

"Though this song has a catchy rhythm, bum bum be dum bum - it is not as good as some of her other songs."

Rachel, 13, Birmingham, England

"I absolutely LOVE this song it's amazing! It gets stuck in my head every time I hear it!"

Evie, 13, Sutton, England

"I love Disturbia, it's wicked."

Sky, 12, Northampton, England

"It's disturbin' BUT I LOVE IT!"

Rosie, 12, Manchester, England

"I think it's an awesome song, very cool."

Katie, 12, Cardiff, Wales

"I don't get the words but I like the bum-de bum bum bit."

Ella, 12, Brighton, England

"The video is a bit weird but the song is wicked, I listen to it all the time."

Lauren, 12, Nottingham, England

"I love most Rihanna songs. I have heard that Disturbia is the last single from Good Girl Gone Bad. I think it is a very good song to end on. It has the great Rihanna touch and I hope we see it do well in the charts!"

Robyn 12, Macclesfield, England

"This song is great! Everyone is singing it on the playground!"

Lara, 10, Buckinghamshire, England

"Disturbia is a great song with a great beat. Definitely a singer to keep your eye on."

Hannah, 14, Ipswich, England

"I love this song so much. Another hit from Rihanna. I love the video - it has thriller types in it. I can't wait for more Rihanna songs."

Emily, 12, Essex, England

"I think Disturbia is a fun song. The video is a bit weird but I like it - it's really different. Great song!"

Sabrina, 14, London, England

"I love Disturbia!! Rihanna is the best - the video is really cool too. Definitely my favourite song of 2008!"

Tiana, 11, Canterbury, England

"I hate all Rihanna's other songs but even I love this song! It's catchy and really good."

Eliza, 14, Newport

"What a great beat and good words for a song. I love the beginning and Disturbia is amazing."

Sierra, 10, Arizona, USA

"Disturbia has been in the USA charts for weeks. It really is special. So up-beat, so electronic, the clapping in the background really is cool and Rihanna's voice is amazing in the song."

Mariam, 13, Philadelphia, USA

"I love the song and the video is good and a bit scary. Well done, Rihanna."

Michaela, 11, Wigan, England

"I love this song!! It is so catchy and you find yourself singing the tune without realising. It's really funky and great to dance to. I don't know one person who doesn't like it! I really don't think it matters if the lyrics don't make sense because it's a dance song so they don't need to! Think about all the other dance songs that are hot at the moment and look at their lyrics. Love it. 5/5".

Felicity, 11, Leeds, England