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S.O.S. (Rescue Me) by Rihanna

Album: A Girl Like MeReleased: 2006Charted:
  • "S.O.S." is the Morse code signal for distress, chosen because it is a simple series of 3 dots ("S") followed by 3 dashes ("O"), and 3 more dots that can be repeated over and over until someone hears it. It was used in the days when the telegraph was used for communication, and while those days are long gone, the phrase "S.O.S." continues to be used as a symbol of distress.
  • This song samples "Tainted Love," a 1981 hit by Soft Cell, which was originally recorded by Soul singer Gloria Jones. Ed Cobb, who wrote "Tainted Love," made out well when his obscure Soul song was covered into two #1 hits, meaning he receives songwriting credit and royalties on all these songs.
  • Some of the lyrics came from "Tainted Love," including, "I toss and turn, I can't sleep at night."
  • In this song, Rihanna sings about how she is confused over her feelings for a boy.
  • The song has two music videos. One is a Nike promotional video featuring Rihanna dancing in a nightclub. In the official video directed by Chris Applebaum, Rihanna is shown telling the object of her affection that she's going to signal S.O.S. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR, for above 4
  • Rihanna is a Barbadian (Bajan) Pop singer with musical influences from dancehall and R&B. She was born in 1988 and her real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Charlette - Budapest, Hungary
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Comments: 17

sos is a cry for help she didn't think chris would catch it.Adam - Los Angeles, Ca
"SOS" became one of hit music's only examples of a "sampling chain" when it sampled Soft Cell's 1981 "Tainted Love," which had itself sampled the 1960's hit by the Supremes "Where Did Our Love Go" at the end of the tune. Until I remembered this fact, I was also peeved.Leah - Brooklyn, Ny
i used to think the Pussycat Dolls did this song.Jane - Austin, Tx
there's also a reference to Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" where she sings "hold me closer 'cause i'm you're tiny dancer"Jane - Austin, Tx
I despise Rihanna as an artist for sampling soft cell. I don't care if I get bashed for saying it too, because Soft Cell is a very underrated band for being a one hit wonder and actually came out with a great synth pop debut album which obviously featured Tainted Love, and thanks to people like Rihanna, the people who actually like the song have to hear that damn sample featured from the song a billion times on the radio.Mike - Allentown, Pa
Hey!!SOS is a cool song!!Great beat as well as just a fun song to listen to!!
I'm surprised that no NFL Fans haven't adopted it!!
All you people out there who hate it,you need to get a life!!
John - Mansfield, Tx
I too didn't recognize this as a Tainted Love sample for a while... lol But I love both songs!Joshua - Little Rock, Ar
This is certainly not Rihanna's first song; it came from her second album. She had the #2 hit Pon de Replay from her first album, as well as another top 40 hit.Joe - Grove City, Oh
Dave, that's pretty normal I'd imagagine: There is one song that I can't stand, but I love (Yes LOVE!) a cover of it, maybe it can also happen with samples...Mjn Seifer - Not Listed For Personal Reason, England
How can you say you hate the original but love the sample - they're exactly the same song, just different lyrics!Dave - Cardiff, Wales
This is the ONLY song she's ever done. And she refused to make anything else.
I've heard of "One Hit Wonders" before, but never "One SONG Wonders"!!
Mjn Seifer - Not Listed For Personal Reason, England
I actually never noticed that there was anything from "Tainted Love" in the song -- probably because I was too busy being annoyed at our school dance team for practicing to it in the commons in the afternoon and getting the stupid thing stuck in my head. I can't stand it when they take good songs like "Tainted Love" and put them into dumb songs like this. Like some rap song (don't know what it's called) stole the intro from Ozzy's "Crazy Train". Sorry this was so long!Marissa - Is This Optional?, Oh
This songs ok, but kind of silly how it is a First/Last song. Beacuse is the first song Riana had done, and she's done NOTHING else!!!Mjn Seifer - Not Listed For Personal Reason, England
Such talent! If only more artists would take music and lyrics from other groups with actual musical aptitude...oh wait. They do. That's why we have most hip-hop and rap. This song is terrible. Tainted Love is a great song, and it hurts me to hear it mangled like this.John - Millersville, Md
I absolutely LOVE this! It sounds great! Love the lyrics!Shannon Mulvany - Spokane, Wa
love the song! makes me wana dance everytime i hear it!Caitlin - Upper Township, Nj
Love this song. I cant stand Soft Cell's Tainted Love but i love Rhianna's sample. This song is great.Sam - Newcastle, Australia
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