This Is Your Warning | “Disturbia” by Rihanna

The cover of Rihannas album, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded

Kale Guenther, Writer/Volunteer

One of the first things I remember after gaining consciousness as a child is going to my neighbors’ house down the street and watching music videos on TV. And what was one of the first ones that I remember? Well, it happened to be the terrifying “Disturbia” off of Rihanna’s album, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded

With Rihanna being recently announced as the headliner for the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, there are going to be a ton of immensely popular songs for her to choose from. From “Umbrella,” to “Diamonds,” bangers like “S&M” and “We Found Love,” I hope that “Disturbia” makes that list. “Disturbia” immediately grabs your attention with her earworm background vocals. Once you hear “Bum-bum-be-dum-bum-bum-be-dum-bum,” you’re in for a good listening experience. 

“Disturbia” shows the dark side of the unnamed “City of Wonder,” saying that it:

“Ain’t gonna play nice /

Watch out, you might just go under /

Better think twice /

Your train of thought will be altered /

So if you must falter be wise.”

And that:

“It’s a thief in the night to come and grab you (uh-huh) /

It can creep up inside you and consume you (uh-huh) /

A disease of the mind, it can control you (uh-huh) /

It’s too close for comfort, ohh.”

“Disturbia” is warning you of the dangers that might lurk in the big city. It will change you, maybe for the better, but Rihanna argues that it’ll be for the worse. You better watch out. 

This Throwback Thursday, take a listen to “Disturbia” and prepare yourself for what’s to come when Rihanna performs at the Super Bowl in February.