Pon de Replay is a dancehall song which is the debut single by Barbadian singer Rihanna, from her 2005 debut studio album Music of the Sun.
Alisha Brooks co-wrote the song, while Vada Nobles, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers wrote and produced it. The lyrics revolve around Rihanna asking a DJ to turn the volume of her favorite songs up louder.
The track was released as the album’s lead single on May 24, 2005, and it received mostly positive reviews from contemporary music critics.
The song was a commercially successful, reaching Number 2 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.
It also topped the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and charts in New Zealand whilst reaching the top five positions in eight other countries.
More so, the RIAA has certified the song 2x Platinum for sales north of 2,000,000 copies.
Tidbit: The song’s title means “play it again” in Bajan Creole, one of Barbados’ two official languages.