Rihanna got an absurd amount of flak for going back to Chris Brown – especially considering all the knowledge we have about battered women. The media didn’t need to batter her around, too. But they did. And the downside of that is that her music began to take a back seat. These five songs prove that Rihanna’s talent and pop icon status is something of merit that stretches beyond her personal choices. Give her a break, and listen to these songs while you’re at it.