Disturbia (song) - Reception and Accolades

Reception and Accolades

"Disturbia" received positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Josh Tyrangiel of Time complimented the song's "rubber-ball melodies that bounce around your head". Bill Lamb from About.com gave the track a four out five star rating and called it an "Instant dancefloor smash" with "exciting" lyrics and said that contains "the sound of an immediate hit". Lamb went on to say that "Disturbia" is Rihanna's most progressive and confident vocal to-date, displaying the authority of an established star. Alex Fletcher of Digital Spy said that unlike the usual seventh single release by an artist, "Disturbia" is one Rihanna's stronger releases and that it proves that she is ruling '08 much like she did '07. He went on to described it as a "fun-packed electro treat filled with sizzling beats and crazy vocal effects." Fletcher further highlighted the song's strong intro hook and said that the chorus is her catchiest since "Umbrella". Spence D of IGN felt that the track has an infectious "Bum-bum-be-dum-bum-bum" hook that sucks you into the detached electronic bounce of the track. Jaime Gill from Yahoo! Music highlighted the song's "insistent hook, sturdy beat and weaving, winding melody." Fraser McAlpine from the BBC Music deemed the song's plus points to be Rihanna's icy whine, the frosty-rave chorus and the Eiffel 65-like refrain.

About.com listed the song at number two, behind "Umbrella", on its list 'Rihanna's Best Hit Songs' and at number eight on its list for 'The Best Uses of Auto-Tune in Pop Music'. Billboard ranked the song at number nine on its list of "Songs of the Summer of 2008". Time Magazine has named the song on number two on its list of '10 Best Songs of the Summer', only behind Kid Rock's "All Summer Long". According to Caryn Ganz, a reviewer from the US-based magazine Rolling Stone, "Disturbia" was the second best song of 2008, only behind MGMT's "Kids". The song won the award for Best International Song at the 2009 NRJ Music Awards, however, after a miscommunication, Katy Perry accepted the award for her single "I Kissed A Girl". Later, the awards host Nikos Aliagas admitted that originally Rihanna won the award. The song also earned Rihanna a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 51st Grammy Awards, but lost to Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger".

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