This piece of power pop is, along with "Rockstar 101," the rockiest track that Rihanna has recorded to date. The song was written by Rihanna, Timbaland protégé James Fauntleroy and the producer Brian Kennedy, who also helmed her hit "Disturbia."
Lyrically the song appears to be looking back at Rihanna's relationship with Chris Brown and their breakup after his attack on her after an argument in a rented car. Many of the tracks on Rated R appear to touch on her tumultuous relationship with Brown. She told MTV News: "This album is an expression of all those feelings that I went through in the last eight months, just different emotions. All of it isn't angry, all of it isn't dark and sad, 'cause I didn't go through that the whole time. That was part of it. It was really a roller coaster, and you get that when you're listening to the album."
New Order took the title for "Blue Monday" from an illustration, which read "Goodbye Blue Monday," in the Kurt Vonnegut book Breakfast Of Champions. The image referred to the invention of the washing machine improving housewives' lives.
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.