Top 10 Beyonce Songs
Is there really any song of Beyonce’s that isn’t a classic? The former Destiny’s Child frontwoman has so many hits under her belt that she could double as a boxing champion. Blue Ivy's mom knows her way around a hot song. That much is a given, and while it’s hard to really pick her greatest songs ever, we managed to come up with 10 of them. These tracks either made us laugh, cry or get energized -- you know, the basic essentials of life. Queen Bey is a girl for all seasons, and here are some of her many, many hits. Check out these top Beyonce songs.
There was a time when “diva” was a four-letter word. OK, it still is, but the negative connotation behind the word has been completely erased thanks to Beyonce. 'Diva' is one of those songs that a woman can turn to when she wants her way and she wants it now. Why? Because “I’m a diva!” That’s why! Plus, if Beyonce says it’s true then it is. That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it.
It is absolutely impossible to even think of 'Love on Top' without remembering Beyonce’s performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, where she opens her glittered purple blazer at the end of the song and rubs her little baby bump for the world to see. Then the camera flashes to Jay-Z with Kanye West hugging him. It was a moment frozen in time, and just completely heartwarming. What a way to announce a pregnancy.
Whenever women endure a breakup, the typical response is, “Don’t worry, you’ll meet someone new.” Well, Beyonce said to hell with all of that. While finding a new man is nice, just remember you are all you really need. She took the same title as De La Soul’s classic and made it a song to give women a second wind after they’ve ended a relationship. If singing stops working out, Bey could be a life coach.
You don’t need a compass to navigate this song. “To the left, to the left,” was all we needed to know. This song is the GPS of life. It’s also the step-by-step guide to a breakup. Beyonce is sitting there running down a list of reasons her man is done and is not letting him back into her life. Then she seals the deal with “Don’t ever for a second get to thinking, you’re irreplaceable.” Talk about ouch!
Let’s be honest, here. Some female empowerment anthems can be pretty annoying. Beyonce probably knew that, so went in the completely opposite direction and created the biggest chant of 2011. Who run the world? Girls! That’s right, and the coolest girl of them all stands at the forefront. No we’re not talking about Oprah or Michelle Obama. We’re talking about Beyonce Knowles-Carter. OK, Oprah and Michelle Obama run the world too.
This song was a little unfair, considering Beyonce already had a ring on her finger. However, Mrs. Knowles-Carter managed to craft the ultimate anthem for single women everywhere. It was actually a call to action. For all those women who had a man sitting around not wanting to commit, this song rang the alarm that there were other fish in the sea -- ones waiting to be caught. Every girl deserves her happy ending.
There are two versions of this song. There’s the Destiny’s Child version, which is more of a group effort, where the rest of DC3 was backing Beyonce up as she cooed about being “dangerously in love.” Who really knows why Bey re-recorded this by herself, but the result felt like a brand new take on the exact same lyrics. Beyonce was vulnerable and sounded cautiously optimistic about being in that kind of love. Simply beautiful.
This song sums up the meaning of 'I Am… Sasha Fierce.' 'I Am' was the sweet dream, the essence of Beyonce and all that she embodies. However, Sasha Fierce was a beautiful nightmare, gorgeously rebellious and borderline dangerous. That’s the artistic balance she delivers time and time again. So what if this song wasn’t for her, but about Bey singing to a man being a sweet dream and a beautiful nightmare? She can be both too, right?
Most women scorned look criminally insane, but Beyonce turned it into an art on this track. 'Ring the Alarm' was the DECON 5 anthem, and Beyonce just sounded like she was ready to attack. She was on her Angela Bassett in 'Waiting to Exhale' tip, about to set somebody’s clothes on fire. Then there's the whole 'Basic Instinct' angle. The bedroom scene, spinning around like the Exorcist. Geez, Beyonce. Is there anything you can’t do?
There is never a time when Beyonce and Jay-Z aren’t totally adorable. This song, though, takes the cake. While their collaboration on '’03 Bonnie and Clyde' was cute in a “we are partners in crime” kinda way, 'Crazy in Love' was just a big ol’ declaration that yes, Hov and Bey are in love. Crazy in love in fact. Let’s also not forget the dance that accompanies this song was the original Queen Bey booty shake.