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Pentatonix Performs The 'Evolution Of Rihanna,' And Hits Every One Of Our Favorite Songs

We found love.

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Over the years, acapella group Pentatonix has done an assortment of "evolution" performances where the singers take listeners through the repertoires of our favorite artists. Their 2013 "Evolution of Beyoncé" video, for example, featured songs from Destiny's Child such as "Say My Name" through Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" and "Love On Top." 

Now, in their most recent YouTube performance, Pentatonix tackles Rihanna's music career, singing everything in their impressive acapella style.

The group begins with songs such as Rihanna's 2005 hit "Pon de Replay" from her first album Music of the Sun, and "SOS" from her 2006 album A Girl Like Me. It was with "SOS" that Rihanna reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list for the first time.

Pentatonix later sings songs such as "What's My Name?" and "Love The Way You Lie," songs she collaborated on with Drake and Eminem, respectively. They also seemingly transition through "You Da One," "Where Have You Been," "Stay," and 2016's "Work." It was in 2016 that Rihanna took home MTV's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Finally, Pentatonix wraps things up by circling back to "We Found Love," a favorite we almost thought they missed — but, luckily, we were wrong. 

Needless to say, this seven-minute performance is one worth listening to over and over again. Check it out below:


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