Beyoncé is one of the most popular icons in today’s world. Each generation loves her and her music. You can see a daughter jamming on a Beyoncé song with her mother AND her grandmother. She started off as one of the lead vocalists on the then-renowned R&B ensemble, Destiny’s Child. After a few years of fame and success, she decided to go solo and that might have been one of her best career decisions. All her albums are huge hits, her concerts are almost always sold out and she has sung for the super bowl twice now. Beyonce is so popular that top 10 of her songs are known well by all at this point.
Beyoncé is one of the top-selling music artists in history. With 100 million solo records sold worldwide, she is indeed the queen of the music industry. She holds 22 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the history of the awards. Her third solo album, “I am……Sasha Fierce” bagged her 6 Grammy awards.
Other than all her musical influence, she is a strong advocate of feminism and women of all ages hold her in high account for that. In 2014, she was declared as one of the top Most Influential icons by Times Magazine two times in a row. She has always aimed at reaching out to her female listeners and has spread messages of empowerment. She strongly believes that a true diva is someone who is strong, fearless, independent with lots of humility
“The most alluring thing a women can have is confidence.”-Beyoncé
Let’s list Queen Bey’s top 10 songs:
“Irreplaceable” – Beyoncè, 2006
The song talks from the standpoint of women who is addressing her lover in regards to him cheating on her. This song slashes the men who think that despite all their wrong-doings, they are still irreplaceable. Ne-Yo wrote the lyrics inspired by his aunt’s relationship with an unfaithful man. The song was critically acclaimed and reach #1 on the pop singles chart. the song wishes to resonate with women (even men) who have been through such situations and to basically tell them that there are better fish in the ocean.
The song remained #1 on the charts for while, followed by Rihanna’s “Umbrella” in second place.
“Crazy in love”- Beyoncè ft. Jay-Z, 2003
The hip hop-jazz beat in the beginning of the song still makes everyone get on their feet as soon as this song starts playing. This is a proven fact that, as the years pass by, The potency of Beyoncè’s songs has exponentially increased. This song gives us a major throwback moment back to the 2000’s. The 2000’s when members of Destiny’s child were going their separate ways.
Beyoncè was extremely serious about kick-starting her solo career and was determined to come forth with off-the-charts bangs.
She succeeded with songs like “Crazy in love” that went to the top of the pop singles chart for eight weeks. It also topped the R&B and dance charts. The song was the winner of two Grammy awards, including Best R&B Song. you only need to speak Bey’s vocal riff of “Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh, no, no” “ to know exactly what track you’re talking about. A Beyonce song that everyone knows so well, it is certainly one of her top 10 songs of all time.
“It celebrates the evolution of a woman. It talks about a girl who is at the point of a relationship. She realises she is in love, she’s doing stuff she wouldn’t normally do but she doesn’t care. It doesn’t matter because she is crazy in love. Rich Harrison actually wrote the song with me and after I finished the song I asked Jay Z to be part of the song and he did. The song turned out great it ended up being my first single.” Beyoncé said on MTV’s Making Of The Video.
“Single Ladies” (Put a Ring On it) – Beyoncé, 2008
In 2009, when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s MTV’s VMA acceptance speech for the Best Female Video category, we all knew this song would be iconic for ages to come. In hindsight, the video has 777 million views on YouTube. According to her, even though the cost of production for the music video was comparatively very low, it is one of her biggest hits. She said in an interview that even though the production was so simple when they entered the sets, they knew that it was something special. Indeed, it was something special.
Beyoncé and the two backup dancers, Ebony Williams and Ashley Everett aimed to depict the more sensual and aggressive side of women, inspired by Beyoncé’s alter ego Sasha Fierce. The idea of a plain background and three women doing a choreographed dance wasn’t entirely original. The choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr. admitted that he saw the dance performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969 with Beyoncé and thought it was a genius concept. It took them nearly a month and a half to perfect the choreography. “We worked very hard on it, just tweaking these steps, trying things out,” Gatson says. Today there are a thousand homemade versions of the video.
The concept of the song majorly focuses of debarking the “timid lady” ideology women are fed with. The song encourages women to dump their significant others if they aren’t taking you and the relationship seriously. Like, many of Beyoncé’s songs, it really focuses on giving women a confidence boost and tapping more into their strong and empowered side
“Drunk in love” – Beyoncé, 2013
Beyoncé came back with “Drunk in Love” after the major success of “Crazy in Love”. One of Beyonce ‘s most-loved songs, that definitely had to make it into the list of her top 10 songs. There are many speculations that the two songs are a major reflection of her relationship with her current husband Jay-Z. for that very reason, some of her fans were worried as the lyrics seemed to allude to domestic violence.
For Beyoncé, the shooting of the music video was one of the most organic shoots of hers. “I kind of free styled the verse, and Jay went in and he started flowing out his verse – we just kinda had a party,” she recalled in a video. “It was so great, because it wasn’t about any ego, we weren’t trying to make a hit record. we were just having fun. and I think you can hear that in the record.” Well, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are in fact top in the list of power couples. Their chemistry translates into their songs in an effortless manner.
This won the award for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song at the 2015 Grammy awards. Rolling stone declared this song as their Best Song for 2014 and describes it as a song that digs into the carnal side of two individuals. They said, “This future-pop fantasy was the sexiest thing on the radio, from the heavy bass throb to the wild thrill in her voice when she sings about juicy nights (‘I get filthy when that liquor get into me’), hung-over mornings and, uh, surfboards. So steamy, even her famous husband’s uncomfortable Ike Turner joke couldn’t kill the vibe.”
“Naughty Girl” – Beyoncé, 2004
The song is from “Dangerously in Love”. It is a #3 pop-hit and fourth on the consecutive hit from the album. Beyoncé has always aimed at bringing out the wilder and more fierce side of women through her music. The influence of the Arabian tunes increases the sensual aspect of the song. However, Bey’s image didn’t quite fit with the “naughty girl” image the song was portraying. But then again, a lot of music from her album brought emphasis on the rather dormant and wilder side of her.
“Halo” – Beyoncé, 2009
Many have self-proclaimed this song to be one of the strongest romantic songs. With nearly 1 billion views on YouTube, the music video as well as the beats and lyrics still manage to make the listeners feel a certain way. Beautiful shots of Beyoncé all throughout the music video and her voice, especially in the chorus, is like a treat for Queen Bey’s fans. Though there were some speculations about it being eerily similar to Kelly Clarkson’s hit “Already Gone”, it raced to the fifth spot of the Billboard top 100 and received a Grammy Award nomination record of the year. Along with that, it won the best female pop vocal performance.
“Run the World (girls)” – Beyoncé 2011
One of the most popular songs of Beyonce, this had to be included in the list of her top 10 songs. We all know that other than being one of the top figures in the music industry, the Beehives take immense pleasure in Beyoncé’s activism as a feminist. She has always promoted the idea that “women and men are equals” and a lot of her music as reflected upon the same. “Run the World (girls)” is one of those songs. With its upbeat music and women-centered lyrics, it is perfect to jam to when you are exercising in the gym or on your way to an extremely important meeting to pump you up! It might not have done tremendously well on the charts. It only reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Nonetheless, it won MTV Video Music Award for best choreography.
“Check it Out” – Beyoncé ft. Slim Thug, 2005
“Check it Out” also won MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography. It went to #1 on the pop singles chart and stayed there for five weeks. It also topped the dance chart and reached #3 on the R&B singles chart. The music video gives a very 2000’s vibe again with Beyoncé’s wardrobe for the shoot was filled with baby pink outfits with Slim Thug wearing over-sized graphic t-shirts and long chains. The song has a unique beat to it which stays with the listener. Beyonce’s dance also leaves us awe-struck. All in all, it’s a classic and good for listening to when you are getting ready for a night out.
“Formation” – Beyoncé, 2016
A song with some of the very interesting lyrics and beats resonates to us for its distinctive music. It was one of the singles for her sixth studio album. She performed the song at the Super Bowl half time a day after its release.
In this song, Beyoncé speaks against oppression and expresses her pride in her heritage, declaring, “Earned all this money but they never take the country out me” (she was raised in the Houston area). She also makes it clear that her African-American features are an asset, when she sings, “I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils.” This line refers to Michael Jackson’s pre-surgery nose when he was still in the Jackson 5.
Queen Bey always makes us proud and her music is an inspiration. These were the top 10 songs from Beyonce, for more celebrity news check out More Latest Celebrity News