Category:Song recordings produced by Beyoncé
Pages in category "Song recordings produced by Beyoncé"
The following 77 pages are in this category, out of 77 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 77 pages are in this category, out of 77 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Amor Gitano – Amor Gitano is a latin pop duet by Mexican recording artist Alejandro Fernández and American recording artist Beyoncé. The song contains a mixture of cultures, mostly influenced by the language of Fernández, that is Spanish. Along with Jaime Flores and Reyli Barba, Beyoncé wrote the song, while Rudy Pérez, Amor Gitano serves as the theme song of the telenovela El Zorro and it was released on February 12,2007 during the premiere of the episode of the telenovela. Amor Gitano generally received positive reception from music critics, although it failed to make any impact on the main US Billboard Hot 100 chart, it charted on a few Billboard component charts, peaking at number twenty-three on the US Latin Pop Songs chart. Amor Gitano is ranked at one on the list of best-selling singles in Spain. Amor Gitano originated from the collaboration of Sony BMGs biggest talents, kevin Lawrie, President of Sony BMG Latin America, contacted the Sony Entertainment Television Latin America as well as the producers of El Zorro to come up with a theme song for the telenovela. At the same time, Beyoncé and Fernandez were in the process of selecting material for their upcoming projects. Paul Forat, the Vice President of the Artists and repertoire division of Sony Entertainment Television Latin America, first heard the song from Reyli Barba and felt it could be perfect for Fernandez. In an interview with Billboard magazine, Beyoncé discussed how excited she was about the collaboration stating, when I was asked to record with him, I immediately said yes. Alejandro Fernández stated that as the production and recording of his album was nearly over and he stated, So when they suggested it, I liked the idea. So we went, I gave her the song and she liked it We recorded it in one day and she seemed like a fine lady to me, very humble, with a great voice. According to Beyoncés publicity material, she grew up in a Texas area where Spanish was a popular language and she studied the language as a child but forgot it as she grew up and rose to fame. Beyoncé was planning to take Spanish lessons because she had learn the language again and she stated, I had the best coach, I did it phonetically, every sentence I recorded maybe four times. Video was created while Beyoncé was recording the song with Fernández, while creating the song, Beyoncé had producer Rudy Perez coach her in her Spanish, as she did not want to misrepresent the language. The song was written by Reyli Barba, formerly of the band Elefante, additional writing was done by Jaime Flores and Beyoncé. Amor Gitano was produced by Beyoncé as well as Rudy Perez, labelled as inappropriate for those under the age of 14, the song features negative stereotyping of Romani or Gypsy people. The entire song is sung in Spanish, the English translation of the title is Gypsy Love, the song contains hints of flamenco pop and strong lyrics dominate the entire track. After opening with traditional sounds and generic Gypsy Kings-style guitarra riffsAmor Gitano – "Amor Gitano"
2. Beautiful Liar – Beautiful Liar is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé and Colombian singer Shakira. The mixing of the song was done by Gustavo Celis, Beautiful Liar was released on March 14,2007, by Columbia Records as the first single from the deluxe edition of the album. A Spanish and English mixed version of the song was produced and titled Bello Embustero, Beautiful Liar is a mid-tempo song, musically, it is a melding of Shakiras Latin and Middle Eastern styles with Beyoncés contemporary hip hop and R&B styles. Its theme is female empowerment, two female protagonists sing about being charmed by the man, but instead of fighting over him. The song was received by music critics, who praised generally Beyoncés. Beautiful Liar was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 50th Grammy Awards and it won an Ivor Novello Awards for Best-Selling British Song in 2008. It peaked at three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and experienced the largest upward movement on that chart until 2008. The song peaked at one in many European countries, including France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland. Its accompanying music video was directed by Jake Nava, incorporates belly dancing moves, Beautiful Liar won the Most Earthshattering Collaboration award at the 2007 MTV Video Music Award. The song was included on Beyoncés set list during her 2007 The Beyoncé Experience world tour, Beautiful Liar was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, and Beyoncé. It was produced by Eriksen and Hermansen using their name, Stargate. Eriksen told Sound on Sound, This song is very simple, Most of the time we have more chords in a song, because we find it hard writing a great song on just one chord. But if you do it right, you can make it work, the track had already been written in 2006. Eriksen and Hermansen played it to their manager, Tyran Smith, Eriksen and Hermansen considered this to be impossible, however Smith was devoted to that idea. As they had no lyric or top melody, various writers attempted to finish the song, the first three attempts were not satisfactory, and Smith put Eriksen and Hermansen to work together with Ghost and Dench, who wrote a significant part of the lyrics and the melody. Beautiful Liar initially had a Spanish title and different lyrics, Hermansen re-titled it when he heard the line beautiful liar in one of the verses. When the production of the song was almost completed, it was presented to Beyoncé and she added a few lines to the lyrics and recorded a solo version a few months before the release of the deluxe edition of BDay. Beyoncé confirmed that she would perform a duet with Shakira in an interview for Univision in December 2006, Beyoncé said that she was very happy that they were able to work together after waiting for yearsBeautiful Liar – "Beautiful Liar"
3. Best Thing I Never Had – Best Thing I Never Had is a song recorded by the American singer Beyoncé for her fourth studio album,4. It was released by Columbia Records on June 1,2011, Best Thing I Never Had was composed by Patrick J. Que Smith, Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, Symbolyc One, Caleb McCambpell, Antonio Dixon, Beyoncé, and Shea Taylor. The song was not written as a ballad, but was inspired by the drumming on Doug E. Freshs 1985 single The Show. Beyoncé said that anyone, regardless of gender, should be able to relate to the song, a pop and R&B ballad, the subjects of Best Thing I Never Had are revenge and karma. Not wanting to feel broken-hearted, the female protagonist sings that she feels happy to have left her lover, some critics viewed it as a sequel to Beyoncés 2006 single Irreplaceable—the two songs are thematically similar. However, some lyrics, including showed your ass and sucks to be you right now, were criticized, the ballad was also likened to Vanessa Carltons 2002 single A Thousand Miles. Best Thing I Never Had peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and it rose to number three on the UK Singles Chart and number two on the Irish Singles Chart among others. The song reached number one on the South Korea Gaon International Chart, the UK R&B Chart, and the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, and the top 30 in mainland Europe, Oceania, and Canada. It was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association and the Recording Industry Association of America, the accompanying music video for Best Thing I Never Had was directed by Diane Martel. It shows Beyoncé getting ready for her wedding while she recalls her ex-lover, Best Thing I Never Had was promoted with several live performances by Beyoncé, notably at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival and on the televised ABC show The View. The song was included on the set list for her concert 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé. Beyoncé and Patrick J. Que Smith wrote Best Thing I Never Had in collaboration with its producers Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, Symbolyc One, Antonio Dixon, Shea Taylor, and Caleb McCampbell. According to Smith, Best Thing I Never Had is a ballad but was not originally written so, the main inspiration for the song was the drumming of Doug E. Freshs song The Show. Smith told Gyant of Black Entertainment Television that he was intimidated at the prospect of working with Beyoncé. He was in Los Angeles when Tony Dixon telephoned him to say he, Smith was asked to join them in the studio and the trio wrote part of Best Thing I Never Had. After a few days, Dixon and Smith went to the studio again, the song was modified by Edmonds after hearing a demo, he tweaked the lyrics and added a few more melodies. Beyoncés vocals were recorded at the KMA Studio in New York City, when the trio played Beyoncé the demo of Best Thing I Never Had, she immediately approved it after making slight modifications. Smith says that Beyoncé was literally jumping up and down after hearing the demo, One hour later Beyoncé recorded Best Thing I Never Had and two other songsBest Thing I Never Had – "Best Thing I Never Had"
4. Bootylicious – Bootylicious is a song by American R&B group Destinys Child. It was written and produced by Beyoncé Knowles, Rob Fusari, the song contains a prominent sample from the 1981 Stevie Nicks song Edge of Seventeen. The track was released as the second single from the album in 2001. It also reached the top five in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, a Rockwilder Remix of the song featured Missy Misdemeanor Elliott and appeared on the soundtrack of the 2001 musical Carmen, A Hip Hopera and the 2002 compilation This Is the Remix. Bootylicious was written and produced by Beyoncé, Rob Fusari and Falonte Moore, and was recorded at Sugarhill Studios, Houston, there are conflicting stories about the songs origins. According to Fusari, he wanted to build a track on a sample of Survivors Eye of the Tiger, unable to locate the song, he chose to sample Edge of Seventeen instead. He wanted to replay the guitar riff himself in the studio so as not to lose publishing royalties and he reportedly later told Fusari in response to Beyoncés claims of writing the song, People dont want to hear about Rob Fusari, producer from Livingston, NJ. No offense, but thats not what sells records, what sells records is people believing that the artist is everything. Kelly Rowland has mentioned that Bootylicious is the most irritating Destinys Child song for her since she has heard it too many times. Rowland sings the majority of the vocals on the track. According to the music published by EMI Music Publishing at Musicnotes. com. It is written in the key of E minor, and Destinys Childs vocals span from G3 to B5. Bootylicious debuted at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 9,2001 and climbed to its peak position nine weeks later, to date, this remains the last song by a girl group to top the U. S. charts. The song peaked at five on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. In the United Kingdom, Bootylicious was released on July 23,2001 and it sold over 169,000 copies and propelled Survivor back to the top of the UK Album Chart. A hip hop-styled remix was produced by Rockwilder, Knowles, a later mashup used the music of Stevie Wonders Superstition with the Bootylicious vocals. During the video, moves from several other Michael Jackson videos can be such as parts of the choreography from Thriller, Beat It, Bad. Dance moves that were used by Jackson during live performances of They Dont Care About Us can be seen as well, as the group is dancing, the members appear in several different costumesBootylicious – "Bootylicious"
5. Broken-Hearted Girl – Broken-Hearted Girl is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her 2008 double album I Am. Written by Beyoncé, Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, and production duo Stargate, it was initially a classic rhythm and blues song until Babyface changed the arrangement and chords. The track appears on the I Am. disc, the songs on which give a glimpse of Beyoncés life stripped of her make-up. It is a pop ballad accompanied by piano, strings. The lyrics describe heartache and the insecurities of love, the song was initially announced as the sixth single from I Am. Sasha Fierce in the United States and the fourth elsewhere, but was replaced with Sweet Dreams, columbia Records released Broken-Hearted Girl outside the US on August 28,2009. Critics praised Beyoncés emotional vocals on the track but had divided opinions on the production, the single reached the top twenty on the singles charts of Australia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Ireland. Sophie Muller directed a music video in which Beyoncés character reminisces about her relationship on a beach in Malibu. Beyoncé performed Broken-Hearted Girl on the I Am, Beyoncé wrote Broken-Hearted Girl alongside the Norwegian production team Stargate, which consists of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen. The duo initially composed Broken-Hearted Girl as a rhythm and blues song but co-writer Kenneth Babyface Edmonds changed one chord. His recording a demo version preceded a rewrite of the backing chords and the addition of a four-on-the-floor piano. According to the music published by EMI, Broken-Hearted Girl was composed at a tempo of 84 beats per minute using common time in the key of D minor. Eriksen explained, I suppose many of our songs are in minor keys and we probably lean towards more a moody, melodic expression. Its what comes most natural for us, Stargate and Beyoncé produced Broken-Hearted Girl in 2008 at Roc the Mic Studios in New York City. Beyoncé arranged & performed the vocals, which Jim Caruana recorded, Eriksen assisted in recording the instrumental track &, along with Hermansen, arranged the music & played the instruments. Mark Spike Stent and Matt Green then mixed the track, Broken-Hearted Girl is included on the double album I Am. Beyoncé said she likes to sing ballads because the music and the emotion in the story is told so much better and its a better connection because you can hear it and its not all these other distractions. I really wanted people to hear my voice and hear what I had to say, Broken-Hearted Girl is a midtempo pop ballad with an emo-soul textureBroken-Hearted Girl – Some critics likened "Broken-Hearted Girl" to the work of Canadian singer Celine Dion.
6. Cater 2 U – Cater 2 U is a song by American recording group Destinys Child, taken from their fourth studio album Destiny Fulfilled. Columbia Records released it as the fourth and final single on June 14,2005. An R&B ballad talking about a desire to cater to the male love interest of her life. A lawsuit filled by singer-songwriter Rickey Allen in 2006, claimed the only recorded a cover of the song which was originally his. Cater 2 U received mixed reviews from critics who, despite generally praising its composition. The song was nominated in two categories at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in 2006 and received an award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo at the 2006 Soul Train Music Awards. Cater 2 U was commercially successful in the US, peaking at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song also appeared in the top ten in New Zealand and top twenty in Australia, while also receiving minor chart placement in Belgium and Netherlands. A music video for the song was filmed by Jake Nava and it features the trio at a desert with each member singing at a separate set and later a choreographed dance during the chorus. To further promote Cater 2 U, Destinys Child performed the song during several televised appearances, in addition, Cater 2 U was added to the set list of Destinys Childs final tour Destiny Fulfilled. and Lovin It in 2005. Both Beyoncé and Rowland performed the song during their tours after Destinys Childs disbandment. A cover version of Cater 2 U was performed by Usher, Cater 2 U was written by band members Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams along with Rodney Darkchild Jerkins, Ricky Ric Rude Lewis and Robert Waller. The production was handled by Beyoncé, Rude and Jerkins with the members also serving as the vocal producers. The song was recorded in 2004 at Sony Music Studios in New York City with guidance from Jeff Villanueva, the audio mixing was done by Tony Maserati while the mastering was finished by Tom Coyne. During an interview with MTV News, Beyoncé talked about the meaning of the song and you want to make him happy and you want to cater to him. Cater 2 U was released as the fourth and final single from Destiny Fulfilled and it was first released in the US as an extended play consisting of the audio version of the song along with four remixes on June 14,2005. On July 19 another EP was released containing the original version, six days later an extended play of the single was released in Italy. Cater 2 U was included on two of Destinys Childs compilation albums, the greatest hits album #1s and Love Songs and he claimed he handed over a version to producer Maurice Joshua, who allegedly went on to cover the song with Destinys Child. Joshua denied his claims, noting that he never held a copy of Allens song, Allen filed a lawsuit against the group for compensation in a Chicago, Illinois court in 2006 where the trio was due to appear in December 10 for an eight-day trialCater 2 U – "Cater 2 U"
7. Check on It – Check on It is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé, featuring American rappers Bun B and Slim Thug. It was composed by Beyoncé, Swizz Beatz, Sean Garrett, Angela Beyincé, initially recorded by Beyoncé only, the song was supposed to be featured on the soundtrack album for 2006 film The Pink Panther, in which she co-stars. As it was not included on its soundtrack album, the song with additional vocals from Slim Thug was placed on the 2005 Destinys Childs greatest hits album #1s. Columbia Records released Check on It in the United States on December 13,2005, the official single version of the song includes vocals from American rapper Bun B. The songs development was motivated by the phrase Check on It which Beyoncé, Check on It is an R&B and hip hop song, which is instrumentally complete with a heavy bassline, strings, and wind instrument. Lyrically, it place in a club, where Beyoncé is letting the male patrons know that they are welcome to come. The song consists of two verse-raps by Slim Thug, Check on It was well received by contemporary music critics, who universally complimented Beyoncés vocals, and the assertiveness with which she sings her lines. Check on It was not originally lined up for a release as a single from the album #1s, however, it received heavy rotation on US radio stations, following the release of the first single, Stand Up for Love, which performed poorly on the charts. Eventually, Check on It debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 2005, the single peaked at number one for five consecutive weeks, becoming one of the two longest-running number-one single in 2006, and Beyoncés third US number-one single as a solo artist. Check on It reached number one in New Zealand and the top ten on singles chart in mainland Europe. The music video for the song was directed by Hype Williams, the version of Check on It used in the clip features a remix of The Pink Panther Theme and a verse-rap from American rapper Bun B. Incorporating 1950s influences, the video was shot in pink to brand the relationship with The Pink Panther and it won the Best R&B Video at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, and was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2006 BET Awards. Although Beyoncé did not perform Check on It in any televised appearances, it was a part of her set list on The Beyoncé Experience, Check on It was written by Beyoncé, Slim Thug, Angela Beyincé and Sean Garrett. Production was handled by Swiss Beatz, who also co-wrote the song, Matt Hennessy, Dave Pensado, and Dexter Simmons mixed Check on It with assistance from Geoffrey Rice, and Matt Serrecchio. Beyoncé said that the title, Check on It, was a phrase that she. However, it was not used for the album at the last minute. Check on It was nevertheless played during The Pink Panthers end credits, Check on It was not initially intended for release as a single from the album #1s. However, it received heavy rotation from US radio stations after the release of the first single Stand Up for Love, which recorded by all members of Destinys Child was a commercial failureCheck on It – "Check on It"
8. Dance for You – Dance for You is a song by American singer Beyoncé for the deluxe edition of her fourth studio album,4. It was written by Beyoncé, Terius The-Dream Nash and Christopher Tricky Stewart, Dance for You is a midtempo R&B and synthpop song, in which Beyoncé adopts sensual vocals. The instrumental elements used on it include echoing drum patterns and clapping synthesizers, in Dance for You, Beyoncé, as the female protagonist, speaks of the love she has for her man and about all the things she will do to show him her appreciation. Dance for You was well received by music critics, who noted its similarity to songs by Janet Jackson, they also praised its production. Following the release of 4, Dance for You charted at number 200 on the South Korean International Singles Chart, though the song was never released as a single, it appeared on several charts in the United States based on radio support. Dance for You reached number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and its music video was directed by Beyoncé and Alan Ferguson. The clip debuted on November 25,2011 and was placed on the concert DVD Live at Roseland, inspired by 1940s film noir, the video is shot in black-and-white and captures Beyoncé dancing and flipping her hair in a detectives office to seduce him. Critics wrote that the video some of Beyoncés best and most sensual moves, called her a femme fatale. The song was part of Beyoncés set list during her residency show Revel Presents, Beyoncé Live, Dance for You was written by Beyoncé, Terius The-Dream Nash and Christopher Tricky Stewart, with production by Beyoncé and Nash. The song was recorded at MSR Studios in New York City and Real World Studios at Box and it was made available on the deluxe edition of 4, which was available for purchase at Target Corporation until January 2012. The deluxe edition was released to iTunes Stores on January 2,2012 and it includes two additional tracks, Schoolin Life and Lay Up Under Me, and three remixes of Run the World. Dance for You is a midtempo R&B and synthpop song with a sensual vibe, in the song, Beyoncé sexifies her vocals and sings over echoing drum patterns, an electric guitar, a bluesy guitar, church organs, and clapping synthesizers. Dance for You bears resemblance to Janet Jacksons work, thematically, the song is similar to Beyoncés Speechless and Destinys Childs Cater 2 U, it is about showing appreciation and gratitude. In Dance for You, Beyoncé, as the female protagonist, expresses her feelings to her man, Jocelyn Vena of MTV News wrote that the song is about keeping things hot with her man. Echoing Venas sentiments, Marc Hogan of Spin magazine described the lyrics as detailing a triumphantly monogamous relationship, in the first verse, Beyoncé sings about how understanding, loyal, and patient her man is. She further states that she cares about his heart, she has a lot of valuable things to say. Before the song ends, Beyoncé repeatedly chants yes in the background as the electric guitar crescendos into a piercing subliminal sound, on October 20,2012, a remix of the song featuring a rap verse from American rapper T. I. was released online. He later adds, I just want to watch the moon glisten off your body, I really just want to peel you out dem clothes and show you how excited I am to lay you down right nowDance for You – Knowles, dressed in garters, a wrap dress, and satin shorts in the video
9. Drunk in Love – Drunk in Love is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé featuring her husband, rapper Jay Z. The duo along with Detail, Andre Eric Proctor, Rasool Ricardo Diaz, Brian Soko, Timbaland, Jerome Harmon, columbia Records released Drunk in Love as one of the two lead singles from Beyoncé on December 17,2013. The song is dominated by trap beats in chunks and bass and its lyrics, which depict female sexuality, are sung by Beyoncé in a sensual and confident way. Many music critics called the song a follow-up to Beyoncés and Jay-Zs song Crazy in Love, Drunk in Love peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending eight weeks in the top ten. It also reached the top ten in France, Ireland, New Zealand, at the 57th Grammy Awards, Drunk in Love won Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. The songs music video was directed by Hype Williams and shot in black-and-white in Golden Beach, the visual features scenes of the pair singing the song together. Drunk in Love was performed by Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and it was later added to the set lists of the second European leg of Beyoncés The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013 and the pairs joint On the Run Tour in 2014. Numerous remixes and cover versions of the song were made, most notably the official rework by rapper Kanye West, the music video won Best Collaboration and was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Drunk in Love was written by Beyoncé, Detail and Jay-Z, production of the song was handled by Boots and Beyoncé as well as Detail. Drunk in Love was recorded at Jungle City Studios and at Oven Studios in New York City, Detail approached Beyoncé with a beat he had created called Drunk inspired by different situations from being affected by alcohol. Beyoncé further helped in the production of the song, adding elements that Detail had missed and she and Jay-Z later free-styled their verses for the song and Timbaland contributed keyboards. J-Roc, Dre Moon, Brian Soko and Rasool Ricardo Diaz contributed to the production of the song, elaborating on the conception of the song, Beyoncé said, We just kinda had a party. It was so great, because it wasnt about any ego, in 2014, rapper Future claimed that he had previously recorded a demo version of the song. He worked together with Detail who persuaded him to record vocals for the track as it would convince Beyoncé more easily to record it, several days later, Detail informed Future that Beyoncé was in the studio recording Drunk in Love. When Beyoncé released her album, the track was scrapped from the listing of Honest. Drunk in Love was subsequently included on Beyoncés self-titled fifth studio album Beyoncé which was released on iTunes Store with no promotion having taken place beforehand, following the albums release, Billboard reported that Drunk in Love would be sent to urban contemporary radio in the US exclusively. XO impacted CHR, hot adult contemporary and rhythmic radio in the US on December 16,2013 as the first single from the album. Drunk in Love impacted urban radio stations on December 17,2013Drunk in Love – Jay-Z is credited as a co-writer and featured artist.
10. End of Time (song) – End of Time is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her fourth studio album,4. It was written by Knowles, Terius The-Dream Nash, Shea Taylor and David Switch Taylor while its production was handled by Knowles, Nash, however, Best Thing I Never Had was ultimately chosen as the second single. In February 2012, it was announced through Knowles website that End of Time will be the eighth and it was sent to contemporary hit radio stations in the United Kingdom on April 23,2012. An uptempo R&B, dance and funk song, End of Time exhibits the influence of late Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti, also displaying elements of Afrobeat, the songs instrumentation includes marching band drums, percussion and horns. The high energy level provided by its instrumentation has similarities to songs by Michael Jackson from the Off the Wall era. End of Time was lauded by critics, who coined it as one of highlights on 4 thanks to Knowles boldness. Critics also commended the lyrics and Knowles confident vocal delivery. Following the release of 4, End of Time charted at number 62 on the UK Singles Chart and at number 20 on its R&B Chart and it also opened at number 26 on the South Korea Gaon International Singles Chart. The song peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, on June 26,2011, End of Time was the tenth song to be chosen. Knowles noted, The instrumentation was just so beautiful, I felt I needed some classics like that. I loved his drums, all the horns, how everything was on the one, what I learned most from Fela was artistic freedom, he just felt the spirit. End of Time was conceived at the MSR Studios in New York City, - a Broadway musical based on Kutis life. At the beginning, the team played music with the band as they experimented with horns, percussion, drums, guitars. I used Elastic Audio to fit and stretch it, having fun is the best way I can put it, there were no rules. Knowles, Terius Nash, Shea Taylor and Dave Taylor wrote the lyrics of the song while its production was handled by Knowles, The-Dream, Switch and Diplo. The-Dream and Switch incorporated elements of music, modified some vocals, and created a synth intro sound. DJ Swivel noted, The bass line is very musical, its not just a plain bass, End of Time speeds up a sample from the song BTSTU by acclaimed British-Indian electronic musician, songwriter and record producer, Jai Paul. The duo then arranged the music and Knowles worked on the vocal arrangements, alex Asher, Johnny Butler, Jack Daley, Cole Kamen-Green, Drew Sayers, Nick Videen and Josiah Woodson played the instruments, and Pat Thrall recorded the music, Jordan Young recorded Knowles vocalsEnd of Time (song) – Knowles has said that "End of Time" was inspired by Fela Kuti (pictured)
11. Flaws and All – Flaws and All is a song by American recording artist Beyoncé, included on the 2007 deluxe edition of her second studio album, BDay. It was composed by Ne-Yo, Shea Taylor, Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, while Beyoncé Knowles, in the R&B song, Beyoncé shows appreciation for the love given by her man, who sees through all of her flaws and loves her unconditionally. Flaws and All received positive reviews critics, who lauded Beyoncés emotion. Some critics also noted that the song was better than some of the songs on the edition of BDay. The music video was directed by Cliff Watts and Beyoncé for BDay Anthology Video Album and it features clips of a BDay promotional ad by Wal-Mart pieced together, in which Beyoncé does not lip-sync the words of the song, but instead acts as if it were an everyday scenario. Beyoncé explained the concept for the video was to show a different side to her, that the paparazzi does not show, Beyoncé performed Flaws and All on The Beyoncé Experience, and the song was included on the live album The Beyoncé Experience Live. It was also live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2008 and during Beyoncés show Revel Presents. Flaws and All was written by Ne-Yo, Shea Taylor, Beyoncé Knowles, the R&B song was produced by Beyoncé Knowles and Taylor, and mixed by Jean-Marie Horvat at Oz Recording Studios, Valencia, California. Flaws and All was recorded by Jim Caruana, Shane Woodley and Robert LB Dorsey at Roc the Mic studio, although the song was originally included on the re-release of BDay, it was additionally included on compilation albums. In 2007 the song was included on Tyler Perrys Why Did I Get Married, in 2008, Beyoncé released the song on a compilation album dedicated to karaoke performances titled Beyoncé Karaoke Hits, Vol. I. Author Latrice Gleen references the song in a memoir titled My Lifes Journey, rory Dollard of Metro also wrote that the song was better than some of the tracks on the original track listing of BDay. While reviewing the deluxe edition of BDay, Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine praised the song, calling it a surprise gem sound downright subtle, BET included the song in its list of the Top 10 Feel Good R&B Songs, ranked at number nine. Discussing their choice, they stated Flaws and All, revealed Beyoncé at her most vulnerable. The song showed that even a superstar can struggle with insecurities, bobby Reed of Chicago Sun-Times noted that the lyrics could also refer to the way fans worship Beyonce. Anthony Venutolo of New Jersey On-Line noted that the talks about true love. Destinys Child bandmate Kelly Rowland discussed the track during Billboards Woman of the Year spread for Beyoncé and she stated Beyoncé is a true artist who brings it every time. My favorite song will always be Flaws and All, so much feeling, so beautiful, her voice sounds amazing. The music video for Flaws and All was directed by Cliff Watts, the video for the song was shot on inexpensive Super 8 film during the two-week filiming for the BDay Anthology Video AlbumFlaws and All – Ne-Yo (left) and Beyoncé Knowles' sister, Solange (right), assisted in the writing of "Flaws and All".
12. Forward (song) – Forward is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her sixth studio album, Lemonade. It was written by James Blake and Beyoncé, who is featured in the song. The songs music video is part of a film with the same title as its parent album. Upon release of the album, Forward charted in the United States, United Kingdom, the song was Beyoncés 54th entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at 63. The song was written by James Blake, who is also the producer and featured artist, in an interview for The Guardian, he revealed that Beyoncé had brought her four-year-old daughter Blue Ivy to hear him working. Every time Blake sang the hook, Blue Ivy sang. Thats how you know its catchy, said Beyoncé, the song was recorded at the Conway Studios in Los Angeles, California. The instrumentalization consists of voice and piano, played by Blake, after the release of Lemonade, Forward debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 63 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 30. The song also charted in countries, France at 150, Scotland at 91. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsForward (song) – Forward
13. Freakum Dress – Freakum Dress is a song by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé from her second solo studio album BDay. It was written by Beyoncé, Rich Harrison, and Makeba Riddick, Freakum Dress is similar to songs that Destinys Child used to record in the 1990s. The song is complete with whistles, cymbal dominated scatter rhythms and a beat, in the song, Beyoncé advises women who have partners with straying eyes to put on alluring dresses and grind on other guys in dance clubs, to regain their affections. Freakum Dress was generally received by music critics who complimented Beyoncés vocals as well as the assertiveness with which she delivers the lyrics. Many of them noted that the beat of song melds very well with the vocal arrangement. The music video for the song was directed by Ray Kay, with co-direction from Beyoncé and it features Beyoncé dancing with women of different ages, races, and sizes. Thirty metallic dresses were designed by Tina Knowles and were used in the production, Beyoncé explained that the main reason behind shooting a video for the song was to show what a freakum dress looks like. The song was part of the set lists during Beyoncés worldwide tours The Beyoncé Experience, later, in 2012, the song was performed during her revue Revel Presents, Beyoncé Live. In 2016, the song was performed as an interlude at her tour, Freakum Dress was conceived at Sony Music Studios, in New York City, when Beyoncé enlisted Harris to co-produce for her album BDay. She and Harrison had previously collaborated on her 2003 single Crazy in Love and she arranged for Harrison, Sean Garrett and Rodney Jerkins to be given individual rooms at the studio. In this way, Beyoncé fostered healthy competition between the producers by going into each of their rooms and commenting on the great beats the others were creating, in June 2006, Beyoncé invited Tamara Coniff of Billboard to a New York recording studio. Beyoncé told Coniff that Freakum Dress was one of her favorite songs ever, according to the sheet music published at Musicnotes. com by Hal Leonard Corporation, Freakum Dress is a moderate R&B song pacing in common time, written in the key of F major. The verses alternate from the chords of F♯ and C, the track also draws from the hip hop, funk, and dance-pop genres. Mike Joseph of PopMatters observed that the song shows influences by 1970s funk music, spence D. Freakum Dress opens with a spoken introduction. Throughout the song, Beyoncé sings her lines in a manner on melding shattering hi-hats. According to Joseph, Freakum Dress is thematically similar to Bills, Bills, Bills and Say My Name, ann Powers of Los Angeles Times noted that Freakum Dress celebrates showing off. Jon Pareles of The New York Times viewed the concept of the song as not merely having a wardrobe to entice men. In the song, the female protagonist pulls out her best dress to remind her potentially wandering mate of what he is leaving at homeFreakum Dress – Knowles performing "Freakum Dress" during The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, 2013
14. Get Me Bodied – Get Me Bodied is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her second studio album, BDay. It was written by Beyoncé, Kasseem Swizz Beatz Dean, Sean Garrett, Makeba Riddick, Angela Beyincé, Beyoncé was inspired by her sister, Solange, and former Destinys Child band-mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for the writing process. Columbia Records released Get Me Bodied as the seventh and final single in the US on July 10,2007. Get Me Bodied is an R&B and bounce song with dancehall and it features Beyoncé as the female protagonist going out an evening in the right dress and the right hair, to steam up any dance floor and make sure her call to get her bodied is irresistible. The song was well received by contemporary music critics, who complimented its party sound. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers recognized it as the best R&B, get Me Bodied initially reached number 68 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2007, but due to a viral video reached a new peak of 46 in 2013. Its accompanying music video was co-directed by Beyoncé and Anthony Mandler, Solange, Rowland, and Williams make cameo appearances. The clip was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2007 VH1 Soul Vibe Awards, get Me Bodied was promoted by Beyoncé with live performances on her world tours and at the 2007 BET Awards. In April 2011, Beyoncé re-recorded the song and re-titled it as Move Your Body for the Lets Move, an instructional video of the exercise routine was filmed for distribution to participating schools. Beyoncé Knowles began working on her solo album BDay following the conclusion of filming for Dreamgirls. She revealed, I had so many things bottled up, so many emotions, Beyoncé contacted American songwriter-producer Sean Garrett, and booked him at the Sony Music Studios in New York City, where Get Me Bodies was recorded. She also called American hip hop producer-rapper Kasseem Swizz Beatz Dean, her sister and singer, Solange, her cousin Angela Beyincé, Beyoncé took inspiration from Solange, who helped in the writing process of the song, and former Destinys Child band-mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. In Get Me Bodied, she mentioned three best friends because she was thinking of them while writing, while working on the lyrics, Swizz Beatz and the other producers in the team handled its production. Get Me Bodied and Green Light were planned to be released as the two singles from BDay, following the lead single Déjà Vu. Beyoncé aimed the tracks at the markets and opted for Ring the Alarm as the second US-only single. However, Irreplaceable was officially serviced as the second international. Instead, Get Me Bodied was released as the overall and final US single after the release of the albums deluxe editions lead single. A two-track CD single was released on July 10,2007 in the United States containing the radio edit, a Get Me Bodied ringle was released on October 23,2007Get Me Bodied – "Get Me Bodied"
15. I Was Here (song) – I Was Here is a song recorded by American R&B recording artist Beyoncé from her fourth studio album,4. It was written by Diane Warren, while production was handled by Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, I Was Here is a reflective R&B ballad, in which Beyoncé vulnerably reviews her past, wanting to leave an impact on the world before her life comes to an end. Described as a song by Warren, its development was motivated by the September 11 attacks in the United States. Following the release of 4, I Was Here charted at number 131 on the UK Singles Chart,74 on the Swiss Singles Chart, later, in 2012, the song also appeared on several charts internationally. It was donated to the World Humanitarian Day and aimed to create social media history with one billion people sharing the message of doing something good for another person. Upon its release, it received reviews from music critics who praised the projections, Beyoncés vocal performance. In late July, the song was included on the soundtrack for the 2011 FIFA Womens World Cup Final. I Was Here was also part of Beyoncés set list for her residency show 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé and was used in the Revel Presents, Beyoncé Live shows during an interlude. The live video from the DVD Live at Roseland, Elements of 4 appeared online on November 16,2011 containing Beyoncés home movies, I Was Here was covered by Lea Michele for Glees soundtrack album Glee, The Music, The Graduation Album. I Was Here was written by Diane Warren and was produced by Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Beyoncé, I Was Here is the only song on the record that was not co-written by Beyoncé. She described it as a song and probably my favorite thing Ive ever written. The development of I Was Here was motivated by the September 11 attacks. Warren wanted to work with Beyoncé since the Destinys Child eras and this is one of those magical stories where what is meant to be actually happens. In May 2011, Warren played the song on a guitar over the phone to Beyoncés husband Jay-Z, upon hearing I Was Here, Beyoncé got chills, and immediately made up her mind, Oh my god, I have to have this song. September 2011 was going to mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks and Beyoncé thought that the song would perfectly complete her album. The mastering of 4 was delayed to allow Beyoncé to record the song, Warren was present at the recording sessions, which took place two days following her conversation with Beyoncé and Jay-Z on the phone. She said, Theres nothing better than to hear the song that you came up with and its like your heart found another heart, before adding, Ive never had chills through my entire body like I had from hearing Beyoncé sing this song. I Was Here came from my soul and became the song that was coming from hers, in all my life, I have never heard anything as amazing as thisI Was Here (song) – Diane Warren (pictured) wanted to work with Knowles since the Destiny's Child era, but admitted that "I Was Here" was the "perfect time".
16. If I Were a Boy – If I Were a Boy is a song performed by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé from her third studio album I Am. It was written by BC Jean and Toby Gad, who also handled its production alongside Beyoncé, inspired by the difficult break-up of a romantic relationship, the song was initially recorded by Jean, whose record company rejected it. Beyoncé then recorded her own version, Jean was upset when she learned that Beyoncé was releasing it as a single, but eventually they reached an agreement. If I Were a Boy was released by Columbia Records on October 12,2008, the two songs showcased the contrast between Beyoncés personality and her aggressive onstage persona, Sasha Fierce. A Spanish version of the song, titled Si Yo Fuera un Chico, was released in Mexico. If I Were a Boy is a pop ballad which draws influences from folk rock through its instrumentation of which includes acoustic guitars, drums. The songs lyrics lament the misunderstandings between the genders and indict the male side of relationships, If I Were a Boy was well received by critics, who complimented Beyoncés tormented and emotive vocal performance and called the song her best work to date. The single was a success as it placed in the top ten on twenty-five different singles charts. It topped the charts in more than eight European countries, including the United Kingdom, If I Were a Boy peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned multi-platinum certifications in Australia, Canada, and the US. The accompanying music video for If I Were a Boy was directed by Jake Nava, with a theme of role reversal, it is conceptually similar to the American comedy film Freaky Friday. A video for the Spanish version of the ballad was edited from the original clip, Beyoncé promoted If I Were a Boy through live performances at venues including The Oprah Winfrey Show, the 52nd Grammy Awards, and the I Am. The song has been covered several times on televised music competitions, American singer Reba McEntire sang a country version of the ballad on Country Music Television, and a studio version was released as the second single from her 2010 album, All the Women I Am. It is the ballad of the I Am. disc of the double album I Am. It is the song on either disc that Beyoncé did not co-write. Most of the lyrics were written by Jean, who was inspired by the break-up of a romantic relationship, one day Jean and Gad visited a pizzeria in Times Square in New York City. Although tempted, Jean refrained from eating pizza because she was dieting and she then thought that if she were a boy, she would have eaten without regret. After reflecting on the idea, she concluded that she would have been a man than her past lover. Gad captured Jeans ideas on a recorder, and they went to the studio the same dayIf I Were a Boy – "If I Were a Boy"
17. Independent Women – Independent Women is a song by American girl group Destinys Child. The song first appeared as the soundtrack to the 2000 film adaption of Charlies Angels and it is also the first single with Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams on vocals, though Franklin was no longer in the groups lineup when the video was filmed. Originally, Part 2 of the song was the song and Part 1 was known as the Pasadena remix. Released as the lead single in fall, the song held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eleven consecutive weeks from November 2000 to February 2001. Billboard likened the release strategy to being influenced by Janet Jacksons Doesnt Really Matter. The song appeared in The Proud Family episode Dont Leave Home Without It, most recently in 2014, a Target back to school commercial featured this song performed with classroom instruments. Independent Women was used as a single for both the Charlies Angels soundtrack, and the groups third album, Survivor. It was revealed that Knowles father and then-manager, Mathew, submitted the track to the Charlies Angels soundtrack without her knowledge, the song was nominated for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media at the 2001 Grammy Awards. It was also ranked at number 85 on the list of Britains favorite 100 songs and it was also named the 18th most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. The song was the 25th best selling of 2000 in the UK, the music video was shot in Los Angeles from August 27 to September 1,2000 and directed by Francis Lawrence. Destinys Child take part of a futuristic Charlies Angels boot camp and they learn from them and try out the challenges in several steps, agility, altitude, combat and speed. At the end, the women are greeted by the ever-mysterious Charlie, the band also performs in a huge disco set in between the scenes. The music video premiered on MTVs Making the Video and is featured on the DualDisc edition of the album #1s, independent Women was a chart success in the United States. The single reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the single held the top position in the following week, which was seen as buoyed by the strong box office performance of the film and the heavy rotation it received. The song had a radio airplay, staying almost ten weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay. Subsequently, the single spent eleven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 top position. It was in the 2000–2001 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for longest-running song by a female group, independent Women also topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for three weeks, becoming Destinys Child fourth number one single on this chart. Independent Women also debuted at one in the United KingdomIndependent Women – "Independent Women Part I"
18. Irreplaceable – Irreplaceable is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her second studio album, BDay. The song was written by Shaffer Ne-Yo Smith, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel, S. Eriksen, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, Beyoncé and produced by Stargate and Beyoncé. Irreplaceable was originally a record, it was re-arranged as a mid-tempo ballad with pop and R&B influences by modifying the vocal arrangements. During the production and recording sessions, Beyoncé and Ne-Yo wanted to create a record which people of either gender could relate to, the songs lyrics are about the breakdown of a relationship with an unfaithful man and the song contains a message about female empowerment. The single was released through Columbia Records, Pitchfork Media and Rolling Stone placed it on their lists of Best Songs of the 2000s. Irreplaceable won several awards, including Best R&B/Soul Single at the 2007 Soul Train Music Awards and it was nominated for the Record of the Year award at the 50th Grammy Awards. The single became Beyoncés fourth number-one in the U. S. was BDays most successful release, Irreplaceable was the twenty-fifth most successful song of the 2000s in the U. S. and was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It became Beyoncés second single to achieve 200 million audience impressions in 2006 and she is the second singer to achieve this feat in the U. S. the first having been Mariah Carey in 2005. Irreplaceable peaked at one in Australia, at number four in the United Kingdom. Irreplaceable was 2007s tenth best-selling digital single with over 4.6 million copies sold worldwide, the singles accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler and served as the debut performance of Beyoncés all-female band, Suga Mama. The video was included on the 2007 BDay Anthology Video Album, and an edit was produced for Irreemplazable. It won the Video of the Year award at the 2007 Black Entertainment Television Awards, Irreplaceable has regularly featured in Beyoncés tours and live performances since 2006. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers recognized the song as one of the most performed of 2007 at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards, Irreplaceable was written for Chrisette Michele. The tune did not suit Beyoncés voice, and Ne-Yo wrote the lyrics from a male perspective, Ne-Yo wrote the song in the country style, thinking of country singers Shania Twain and Faith Hill during the sessions. When Ne-Yo heard them playing the song with a guitar, he thought it sounded like country music, but when the drums were incorporated into the music, it was brought to an R&B vibe, and Ne-Yo considered making an R&B-country western music song instead. When the team worked with Ne-Yo, they recorded the song with a male vocalist, however, they thought a female vocalist would be more suitable, and Ne-Yo also thought that it was empowering for a woman to sing it. Eriksen of Stargate said it was an A&R person who suggested that the song would work better when sung by a woman, while Beyoncé worked on material for BDay, she was pleased with the demo of the Irreplaceable that was presented to her. However, Irreplaceable did not seem to fit on BDay, which was supposed to be a club albumIrreplaceable – Beyoncé performing "Irreplaceable" during the I Am... World Tour, 2009
19. Lay Up Under Me – Lay Up Under Me is a recorded by song performed by American recording artist and producer Sean Garrett for his debut studio album, Turbo 919. It was written by Garrett, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Shea Taylor, while iis production was handled by Garrett, Interscope Records released Lay Up Under Me as the third single from Turbo 919 on November 25,2008. Music critics generally praised the collaboration between Garrett and Stargate, the song charted at number 19 on the US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. Lay Up Under Me was later rerecorded by American recording artist Beyoncé for the edition of her fourth studio album,4. Lay Up Under Me was written by Sean Garrett, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Shea Taylor, while is production was handled by Garrett and Stargate. The song was released by Interscope Records and Bet I Penned It as the single from Turbo 919 on November 25,2008 in the United States. Lay Up Under Me is an R&B song, in which Garrett uses soft vocals while Stargate provides accompaniment. A writer from DJ Booth wrote that it bears resemblance to the alternate music Stargate had produced, including Joes 2007 song If I Was Your Man and Jennifer Hudsons 2008 song Spotlight. He awarded Lay Up Under Me a rating of three out of five, writing that the song could find a comfortable spot in rotation with some quality radio promotion. He added that it might be the spark needed to start the engine of Garretts career as a lead singer, Lay Up Under Me charted for four weeks on US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, and peaked at number 19. American singer Beyoncé rerecorded Lay Up Under Me for the edition of her fourth studio album,4. Her version of Lay Up Under Me on includes further writing from Beyoncé and it was made available on the deluxe edition of 4, which could only be purchased at Target Corporation until January 2012. The deluxe edition was released to iTunes Stores on January 2,2012 and it includes two additional tracks, Schoolin Life and Dance for You, and three remixes of the lead single Run the World. In 2013, the Target deluxe edition and standard edition of the album were replaced with the edition in both physical and iTunes formats. This edition excludes Beyoncés version of Lay Up Under Me and she tells her romantic interest to forget the club as the party is right at home with her, as she sings You aint gotta worry bout a club, just come on lay up under me tonight. The song received positive reviews from music critics. Danielle Cheesman of MSN Music wrote that Lay Up Under Me is the type of song to which step to at a barbecue. Bradley Stern of MuuMuse found the song to be as soul-warming as Love on Top and he concluded that the song should have been included on the standard version of 4Lay Up Under Me – "Lay Up Under Me"
20. Lose My Breath – Lose My Breath is a song by American group Destinys Child. Columbia Records released Lose My Breath as the first single from the album in late 2004, the song was partially developed by Jerkins before being presented to Destinys Child and its chorus was afterwards written by Jay-Z. An uptempo R&B and dance-pop song, Lose My Breath has a marching and it received positive reviews from music critics who generally praised its melody and instrumentation. The track further received a Grammy Award nomination in the category for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, the singles music video directed by Marc Klasfeld and filmed in Los Angeles, California, featured Destinys Child performing dance choreographies portraying three different characters. The song was performed during the groups tour Destiny Fulfilled. and Lovin It and on televised appearances. The American Broadcasting Company used Lose My Breath as the song for the NBA playoffs in 2004 and 2005. It appeared on MTV Classics Total Request Playlist and House of Pop, Lose My Breath was written by Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Rodney Darkchild Jerkins, Fred Jerkins, Sean Garrett, LaShawn Daniels and Jay-Z. The production of the song was handled by Jerkins, Beyoncé, Rowland, record producer Jerkins, who had previously collaborated with the group for Say My Name, had worked on Lose My Breath without informing Destinys Child. Beyoncé and Williams heard the drum instrumentation of the track and they enjoyed it with the feeling that the song was nothing like the mainstream radio sound. They went to their band mate Kelly Rowland presenting the song, alongside Jerkins, the group asked for help from American rapper Jay-Z who immediately created a chorus including the lines Can you keep up without hearing the track. The group took his chorus and wrote the verses and bridge around it, during an interview with Complex, Garrett recalled the time he worked with Williams on the song, saying, There was so much magic going on in the studio. We probably recorded all the songs in about a month and every day it was a new song coming out. Lose My Breath was towards the part of the album. I was on a high after that. Following the three-year hiatus of the group, Lose My Breath was considered as their comeback release and it premiered on September 9,2004 on AOL Music. In the US, the single was released in different versions, on November 2, it was released along with Soldier and Game Over separately, the former being an EP with several remixes of Lose My Breath being also available. A 12-inch vinyl single of the song was released on the same date, a dance mixes EP was released on December 7, while a Remix 2 Pak containing two remixes by Peter Rauhofer was released on August 16,2005. The single was released to markets in different dates, on October 29,2004, a maxi single was released in Australia, featuring the album version of the track, two remixes and a new song Why You ActinLose My Breath – "Lose My Breath"
21. Love On Top – Love On Top is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her fourth studio album 4. A throw-back to 1980s music, the uptempo R&B song exhibits style similar to that of Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and The Jackson 5, while incorporating four key changes, Beyoncé adopts a high range when repeating the songs chorus towards the end of the song. She sings about a man whom she can call, even after facing grief and hard work, finally earning his love. The songs musical composition, as well as Beyoncés vocals and versatility, Beyoncé sang Love On Top live at 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, announcing her pregnancy at the end of her performance. This caused the upsurge of the song on several charts worldwide and it reached the top ten in Hungary and South Korea, and the top twenty in Australia, Italy, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It also debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, Love On Top remained at number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for seven consecutive weeks, and has sold over one million copies. At the 55th Grammy Awards, Beyoncé won her 17th Grammy Award with Best Traditional R&B Performance for Love On Top, critics generally commended the simplicity of the video, the wardrobe changes with every key change, and Beyoncés youthful exuberance throughout the clip. Critics noted that the song was more impressive in person. Love On Top was written by Beyoncé, Terius Nash and Shea Taylor while production was handled by Beyoncé, on June 26,2011, Love On Top was the eighth song to be chosen. The quote found Beyoncé elaborating on the inspiration, When I played Etta James it was the most Id learned about myself until the recording of this album. When I went into the studio I used the same passion, honesty and it does not sound like the vocals on my past albums. It comes from a deep place, Beyoncé, who has covered At Last which is a song originally recorded by James, portrayed the artist in the 2008 musical biopic, Cadillac Records and won critical acclaim for her portrayal. She told Billboard magazine, I realized that Etta James was so unapologetic, bold and it gave me the confidence and the push to challenge myself a little more with my music. Love On Top impacted Urban radio in the United States on January 10,2012, Love On Top is an up-tempo R&B song viewed as a modern take on old school music. According to Slant Magazines Eric Henderson, Love On Top is a bright, breezy tribute to the freshness of mid-80s, pre-new-jack-FM R&B reminiscent of Whitney Houston and Anita Baker. He also noted the song to be the perfect and totally inverted fraternal twin of another song on 4 and it is instrumentally complete with a thumping bassline, synthesizers, tribal drums, an arena-rock music piano, a guitar, a peppy saxophone, and some backing vocals. Rich Juzwiak of The Village Voice compared Love On Top to Raydios You Cant Change That, priya Elan of NME noted that Love On Top echoes Janet Jacksons Whoops Now, Lionel Richies Dancing on the Ceiling and the theme from My Two Dads. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes. com by EMI Music PublishingLove On Top – "Love on Top"
22. Partition (song) – Partition is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her self-titled fifth studio album released in 2013. The song was sent to urban contemporary on February 25,2014 as the single from Beyoncé by Columbia Records. The song consists of two parts, individually titled Yoncé and Partition, Partition has been described as electro-R&B also known as PBR&B that moves from a sweet, girl-group pop sound to Dirty South hip-hop. Its production musically consists of a synthesized arrangement, a thrusting bassline. Exploring the deep, sexual nature of Beyoncé, Partition depicts sexual intercourse in the back of a limousine, the closing minute of the song features a French word interpolation slightly similar to a quote by actress Julianne Moore in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski. Following the albums release, Partition picked up airplay on United States urban contemporary radio stations. It has since peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, number nine on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, accompanying music videos for Yoncé and Partition were released on December 13,2013, on Beyoncé. The former clip was directed by Ricky Saiz and filmed on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, while the latter was directed by Jake Nava and shot at the Parisian cabaret club, Crazy Horse. Both of the songs were performed at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards as part of a medley of the eponymous album. Partition was written by Terius Nash, Justin Timberlake, Timothy Mosley, Beyoncé, Jerome Harmon, Dwane Weir, Charisse Hill and Mike Dean. The production was handled by Timberlake, Beyoncé, Dean, Jordy Boots Asher as well as Mosley, Harmon and Wane under their stage names Timbaland, J-Roc, Partition was conceived as a two-part song, the first part of which is called Yoncé. The latters original drumbeat was created by Timberlake on a bucket, Mike Dean then added the dropping 808s lead synths, claps and strings. Beyoncé described the sound that he created as organic and said, It reminded me of being in school during the lunch breaks. The trio decided to keep the buckets as Beyoncé wanted an organic production, then The-Dream started writing some of the lyrics including, Yoncé all on his mouth like liquor. Beyoncé found it awkward at the beginning but she loved the phrase. The singer revealed that she was embarrassed after she recorded Partition because of its sexual lyrics. Speaking about how the part of the song materialized, Beyoncé said. It takes me back to me and my husband first meetPartition (song) – Justin Timberlake (pictured) co-wrote and co-produced the song.
23. Pretty Hurts – Pretty Hurts is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her eponymous fifth studio album. It impacted mainstream radio in the United States on June 10,2014, the song was written by Sia, Beyoncé and Ammo, and its production was handled by the former two. Pretty Hurts was initially written for Katy Perry and then offered to Rihanna and it is a power pop, soul ballad, instrumentally complete with a sparse background honed with the use of synths, minor chords and a booming drum beat. The tracks lyrical content deals with subjects of third-wave feminism, self-empowerment, additionally, the songs lyrics deal with the consequences of societys high standards of beauty, and in Pretty Hurts eating disorders are depicted as one of the subjected results. Pretty Hurts won in the category for Best Song with a Social Message at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards and was named the best track of 2014 by the Associated Press, following the release of Beyoncé, the track charted in the lower regions internationally. It failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 63 on the UK Singles Chart, however, the song became Beyoncés 21st number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart, and was placed at number four on its 2014 year-end chart. The accompanying music video for Pretty Hurts was directed by Melina Matsoukas, the clip was made available at iTunes Stores as part of the albums release on December 13,2013. It won in the categories for Best Video with a Message, Rolling Stone included the clip in their year-end list of the 10 best music videos of 2014. Beyoncé performed Pretty Hurts during her co-headlining On the Run Tour, Pretty Hurts was initially written by Australian musician Sia Furler at her apartment in Angelino Heights, Los Angeles. She completed the song with American musician Ammo on the day she recorded French disc jockey David Guettas Titanium in 2011. Sia wrote Pretty Hurts with American singer Katy Perry in mind, however, Perry failed to read the email, and in what Sia described as an awkward situation, she then sent the track to the management of Beyoncé and Bajan singer Rihanna. Rihanna later decided to record another composition by Sia, Diamonds, in 2012, American producer Dr. Luke received Beyoncés cut of Pretty Hurts and played it to Perry, who later text messaged Sia, saying, Im pretty hurt you never sent me this song. Sia then responded, stating, Check your e-mail, to which Perry replied, the singer also decided to record Pretty Hurts because she wanted to shift her focus to the beauty industry, which she felt was the most humiliating, judgmental place you can be as a woman. She saw the theme as representation of finding that thing in the world that makes you truly happy. Speaking to iTunes Radio, Beyoncé explained, I feel like sometimes the world is a big contest, were all being judged, I wanted to capture how humiliating and insecure that makes you feel. Sia later mentioned online, in reply to a fan lamenting that her song Elastic Heart would have been a single for Beyoncé. The final version of the song was written by Sia, Beyoncé and Ammo, rob Suchecki engineered and recorded the songs instrumental and intro synthesizer with Derek Dixie. Beyoncés vocals were recorded by Stuart White who also handled the mixing of the song, Pretty Hurts was recorded in three studios, Kings Landing in Bridgehampton, and Jungle City Studios and Oven Studios in New York CityPretty Hurts – Pretty Hurts
24. Rather Die Young – Rather Die Young is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her fourth studio album,4. Composed by Beyoncé, Jeff Bhasker, Luke Steele, the development was motivated by the fact that Beyoncé wanted a song that would help people through both their painful and happy moments. Lyrically, the talks about the inability to fight what the heart wants. The female protagonist sings to an indifferent love interest, whom she likens to American actor James Dean, Rather Die Young was generally well received by contemporary music critics who described it as a dark, yet enchanting ballad. They highlighted Beyoncés vocal power and the songs melody, critics also noted that the ballad was heavily influenced by the 1980s R&B and soul music, adding that it has a Philadelphia soul vibe. However, some of them commented that it was barely distinguishable among the songs on 4, criticizing its chorus which, according to them. Following the release of 4, Rather Die Young charted at number 37 on the South Korea Gaon International Singles Chart, the song was part of Beyoncés set list for her 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé shows, held at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Rather Die Young was written and produced by Beyoncé Beyoncé, Jeff Bhasker, cole Kamen-Green, Alex Asher and Josiah Woodson played the trumpets while Nick Videen and Drew Sayers were on the tenor and alto saxophones. The horn were arranged by Shea Taylor, jordan Young then recorded Beyoncés vocals at the MSR Studios and KMA Studios, in New York City, Steele and Billy Kraven served as background vocalists. Speaking about what motivated her to record a song in the vein of Rather Die Young, Beyoncé said, I want it to help them through their painful memories, their painful moments, and their most happy moments. I want it to be a conversation, Rather Die Young is an R&B-soul power ballad, which is heavily influenced by the 1990s R&B music and the 1970s soul music. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian commented that it refracts a dramatic Philadelphia soul ballad through gauzy modern production, Rather Die Young also contains elements of retro pop music. The song is built on a heavy laid-back programmed drumbeat, which according to Thomas Conner of the Chicago Sun-Times, was inspired by the material of American band Earth, Wind & Fire. Additional instrumentation includes a section, a weave of synthesizers, a piano, a keyboard. Jim Farber of The Daily News wrote that Rather Die Young has a choir of Beyoncés that recalls the harmonies of all-female singing group The Emotions, simon Goddard of Q magazine compared the song with Massive Attacks Protection and also noted similarities with The Shangri-Las songs. Lyrically, Rather Die Young talks about the inability to fight what the heart wants, Beyoncé prostates herself at the mercy of an indifferent love interest, telling him that she would rather die young than to live her life without him. Beyoncé also sings about leaving a legacy as she shows her epic neediness to her love interest, the music stays soft in the first verse, where Beyoncé likens her romantic interest to American actor James Dean, Youre my James Dean / you make me feel like Im seventeen. She also relates about how good girls often fall for bad boys, she affirms that bad boy she loves, drive too fast, as the song progresses, Beyoncé references some deeper emotional fires burning as she sings, Nobody understands what weve been throughRather Die Young – Luke Steele (pictured) co-wrote "Rather Die Young" with Knowles and Jeff Bhasker.
25. Resentment (song) – Resentment is a song written by Walter W. Millsap III, Candice Nelson and Curtis Mayfield and originally performed by Victoria Beckham. It is a ballad whose lyrics detail a situation where a woman feels hurt. As the album shelved, the song went for sale. American recording artist Jazmine Sullivan had re-recorded the song for her original debut Break My Little Heart but her album shelved too. Eventually, R&B singer Beyoncé was given the song and recorded it in 2006, Beyoncés version of the song was included on her second studio album BDay and featured additional lyrics and arrangement composed by the singer herself. In 2002, Telstar Records signed Beckham in a made with 19 Management worth £1.5 million. She then worked with Walter M. Millsap III and Candice Nelson on a track titled Resentment. The track used Curtis Mayfields 1972 Think, from the Super Fly soundtrack, Resentment was first included on a documentary of Victoria and David Beckham, titled The Real Beckhams. The DVD captures the family as they move to Spain, the Sun, noted Victoria Beckhams multiple songs about a possible affair and read into the poignant lyrics as a stab at her husband David Beckham. American R&B recording artist Beyoncé recorded Resentment for her studio album. The song was written for Victoria Beckham and she recorded it for her album in 2003. It was included in her 2004 DVD release The Réal Beckhams, Resentment went market for sale, American recording artist Jazmine Sullivan got the song and recorded it for debut album when she was at Jive records in 2005. But jazmines album shelved and dropped from label, again the song went market for sale. Eventually Beyonce got the song and recorded in her 2006 Bday album session, original version was composed by Walter W. Millsap III and Candice Nelson and contained the instrumental of Curtis Mayfields Think from the film Superfly in 1972. Beyonce re-arranged the structure of the song by adding chorus and she also changed order of lyrics, wrote new lyrics. The song became 4,42 length from original version 3,20 length The cover was received by music critics who praised Beyoncés powerful vocal performance. It charted at number 11 on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles based on downloads alone and she performed the song during her revue shows I Am. Yours and Revel Presents, Beyoncé Live and it was additionally included the 2009 DVD/CD I AmResentment (song) – Victoria Beckham worked with Walter M. Millsap III and Candice Nelson on "Resentment" in 2004.
26. Ring Off (song) – Ring Off is a song by American singer Beyoncé, taken from the reissue of her fifth studio album Beyoncé, subtitled Platinum Edition. The song was released on November 28,2014 to contemporary hit radio in Italy, a midtempo reggae-tinged ballad which is built around a slight dancehall rhythm and dubstep-influenced beats, Ring Off addresses the end of a marriage between Beyoncés parents. It was written in a form of letter of encouragement for her mother Tina Knowles. Upon the release of the Platinum Edition, Ring Off received mostly favorable reviews from music critics, commercially, the single appeared on a few record charts, including the US Bubbling Under Hot 100, where it peaked at number 5. It also charted in several European countries including France, the Netherlands, on November 19,2014, 30-second snippets of the two songs appeared online along with reports that 7/11 would impact radio stations on November 25. The following day, the versions of both songs surfaced on the Internet. Ring Off was released on November 28,2014 to Italian contemporary hit radio, Ring Off also impacted urban adult contemporary radio in the United States. Ring Off was written by Beyoncé, Mike Caren, William Lobban-Bean, Geoff Early, Charles Hinshaw, Adam Amezaga, Dixie, Stephen Bishop, Chauncey Hollis, Mike Dean and it is a midtempo ballad which runs at a duration of three minutes. It was described as a track by Gerrick Kennedy from the Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, the New York Posts Hardeep Phull opined that the song was built around a slight dancehall rhythm, additionally, Allan Raible writing for ABC News noted the slightly dubstep-influenced beats on Ring Off. Lyrically, the addresses the end of a marriage between Beyoncés parents Tina Knowles and Mathew Knowles. The lyrics are written in a form of a letter in which the singer praises her mothers courage for ending a dysfunctional marriage. At the beginning of the song, Beyoncé sings, Mama, I understand your many sleepless nights / When you think about father /, I wish you didn’t hurt at all. Alex Frank of Vogue noted how the song was thematically an enlightened follow-up to Single Ladies and he further opined that the lyrics apply to other women who are part of toxic relationships. The song ends with portions of a speech delivered by Tina Knowles from the 2014 Texas Womens Empowerment Foundation Leadership Luncheon, jim Farber from New York Daily News wrote that Ring Off is very much worth downloading. Robert Christgau named the track a sisterly, daughterly song, ABC News Allan Raible wrote that Ring Off was the counterpoint to Beyoncés previous song Single Ladies, While that song is about settling down, this is an ode to starting over again. On behalf of USA Today, Patrick Ryan labelled the track as a hybrid of anthemic sound of XO and Caribbean vibes of Standing on the Sun and Grown Woman. Lindsay Zoladz, a reviewer from Vulture, said that Ring Off isn’t anything special musically and likened the style to that of Beyoncés previous songs Schoolin LifeRing Off (song) – "Ring Off"
27. Ring the Alarm – Ring the Alarm is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé Knowles for her second studio album, BDay. It was composed by Knowles, Kasseem Swizz Beatz Dean and Sean Garrett, the songs development was motivated by Knowles role in the Broadway musical adaptation Dreamgirls. The cover art of Ring the Alarm proved controversial because Knowles used alligators during the photography session, people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, declared that Knowles posing with a baby alligator was arguably abusive to an animal. Ring the Alarm is an R&B song with rock influences. Its introduction features a siren, which sets an aggressive tone. The songs lyrics revolve a woman who threatened, and is unwilling to allow another woman to profit from the protagonists efforts to improve her lovers life. The lyrics were rumored to be about Barbadian recording artist Rihannas relationship with Jay-Z, the song was received with mixed reception for contemporary music critics, who noted that it was different from Knowles previous work. While some commended her willingness to take risks, others were polarized about her aggressive vocals, Ring the Alarm was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards. The single debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and it reached number 11 on the chart, becoming her first solo single to peak below the top 10. Its accompanying music video was inspired by the 1992 film Basic Instinct and was directed by Sophie Muller and it was filmed inside a cavernous hangar on the Brooklyn waterfront in New York City. The video garnered mixed reviews critics, who universally thought that it was eccentric. Knowles promoted Ring the Alarm through various performances on televised shows and awards ceremonies. The song was included on her set list on The Beyoncé Experience in Los Angeles and her On the Run Tour with Jay Z, and her The Formation World Tour. After six months of filming for the Broadway musical adaptation of Dreamgirls, inspired by her role in the film, she said, I had so many things bottled up, so many emotions, so many ideas. Garret said, I came to the studio and saw the zone. everybody in here is banging out, rodney Jerkins had his session, Rich Harrison had his session going on. I started banging out some shit. Ring the Alarm was produced by Knowles, Garrett and Swizz Beatz, Swizz Beatz stated, just one of the many presents I gave for her BDay. I have the most tracks on her album as a single producer, Ring the Alarm was co-arranged by Knowles and recorded in the same studio. She said about her collaboration with Swizz Beatz, I love working with Swizz and his beats are so complex its hard to find a melodyRing the Alarm – "Ring the Alarm"
28. Run the World (Girls) – Run the World is a song recorded by American recording artist Beyoncé, from her fourth studio album 4, released as the lead single from the album on April 21,2011. It was written by Terius The-Dream Nash, Beyoncé, Nick Afrojack van de Wall, Wesley Diplo Pentz, David Switch Taylor, production was handled by Switch, The-Dream, Beyoncé, and Shea Taylor. The songs development was motivated by the fact that Beyoncé wanted something different, a mixture of different cultures and eras, a new sound, an unedited demo of the song, then thought to be titled Girls, was leaked on the internet on April 18,2011. Run the World premiered on US radio on April 21,2011, Run the World is a electropop and R&B song that heavily samples Pon de Floor by Major Lazer. The songs title and lyrics comprise an unapologetically aggressive message promoting female empowerment, the single peaked at number 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and reached the top 10 in Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Scotland. Run the World was a top 20 hit in Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, the songs accompanying music video was directed by Francis Lawrence and was filmed in California over a three-day span. The video won Best Choreography at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé promoted Run the World with high-profile live performances, notably at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards and on the French X Factor. Run the World was used to awaken the crew of the mission of the US Space Shuttle Atlantis and was dedicated to Mission Specialist Sandra Magnus. Heather Morris covered Run the World for the American television show Glee episode Asian F, in an interview with The Capital FM Network in early March 2011, Shea Taylor confirmed that 4s lead single would premiere at the end of April. Run the World was written by Terius The-Dream Nash, Beyoncé, Nick van de Wall, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Dave Taylor and it was produced by Switch, The-Dream, Beyoncé and Taylor. Run the World was recorded by DJ Swivel and Pat Thrall at MSR Studios, New York City, before release, the songs title was rumored to be Girls. On April 14,2011, two portions of the song leaked online while an unfinished demo of Run the World was leaked online on April 18,2011, in an interview with Billboard, Beyoncé described the song, Its definitely riskier than something a bit more. I just heard the track and loved that it was so different, it felt a bit African and it reminded me of what I love, which is mixing different cultures and eras — things that typically dont go together — to create a new sound. I can never be safe, I always try and go against the grain, as soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. Thats how Ive gotten to where I am, between June 16 and June 27,2011, one song from 4 each day was available to listen to on Beyoncés official website, together with its accompanying photographs from the album packaging and a quote. On June 27,2011, Run the World was the song to be made available. In the accompanying quote, Beyoncé said, I try to write songs that bring out the best in all of us. I think about saying the things that women want to say, I am going to continue to write those songs that give women strengthRun the World (Girls) – "Run the World (Girls)"
29. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Single Ladies is a song from American singer Beyoncés third studio album, I Am. Columbia Records released Single Ladies as a single on October 13,2008 alongside If I Were a Boy and it explores mens unwillingness to propose or commit. In the song, the female protagonist is in a club to celebrate her single status, Single Ladies won three Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year, among other accolades. Several news media sources named it as one of the best songs of 2008 and it topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, with more than 5 million paid digital downloads. The song charted among the top ten within the category in several other countries. Globally, it was 2009s seventh best-selling digital single with 6.1 million units sold thus becoming one of the singles of all time. A black-and-white music video accompanied the singles release and it won several awards, including the Video of the Year at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Beyoncé has performed Single Ladies on television and during her concert tours, the song and particularly its music video have been widely parodied and imitated. Several notable artists have performed cover versions, media usage has included placement in popular television shows. Single Ladies was written by Beyoncé, Terius The-Dream Nash, Thaddis Kuk Harrell, and Christopher Tricky Stewart, Nash conceptualized Single Ladies after Beyoncés secret marriage to hip hop recording artist Jay-Z in April 2008. Beyoncés marriage inspired Nash to compose a song about an issue that many peoples relationships. She stated that although Single Ladies is an uptempo song. In Single Ladies, Beyoncé portrays her alter ego Sasha Fierce, the song was released simultaneously with If I Were a Boy, as lead singles, they were meant to demonstrate the concept of the dueling personalities of the singer. This reinforced the theme of the album, which was created by placing its ballads, the singles debuted on US radio on October 8,2008, Single Ladies did so on mainstream urban New York radio station Power 105.1. The two songs were released as a double A-side single on November 7,2008, in Australia, New Zealand, Dance remixes of the song were made available in the US on February 10,2009, and in Europe on February 16,2009. Single Ladies was not originally released as a single in the UK, on February 16,2009, it was released as a CD single, and the dance remixes became available as a digital download. Single Ladies is an uptempo dance-pop and R&B song with dancehall, disco and it is set in common time, and makes use of staccato bounce-based hand claps, Morse code beeps, an ascending whistle in the background, and a punchy organic beat. According to the music published at Musicnotes. com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Single Ladies is written in the key of E majorSingle Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Terius Nash (left) and Christopher Stewart (right) produced "Single Ladies".
30. Start Over (song) – Start Over is a song by American recording artist Beyoncé taken from her fourth studio album,4. It was written by Shea Taylor, Knowles and Ester Dean, the songs development was motivated by the fact that Knowles traveled around the world and experienced different cultures which inspired love and purity inside her. Knowles vocals are accompanied by electric and enticing beats, the instrumentation includes drums. Start Over received mixed to positive reviews music critics, who noted that the song was quite similar to Knowles older material. The placement of the song on the track-listing was criticized by critics, however, the beats arrangement and the vulnerability of Knowles vocals were highlighted by many critics. Following the release of 4, Start Over charted at number 43 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart based on downloads alone, Start Over was written by Shea Taylor, Knowles and Ester Dean and produced by the Knowles and Taylor. It was recorded at MSR Studios and Jungle City Studios in New York City, Start Over was mixed by Serban Ghenea with further assistance from Phil Seaford and it was engineered by John Hanes with further assistance from Ramon Rivas and Pete Wolford. On June 22,2011, Start Over was the song to be chosen. It was important that I was able to digest everything, It inspired purity, more heart, Start Over is a midtempo R&B ballad, which contains elements of pop, soul and angst-ridden pop rock and is built on hollow electric beats. The songs instrumentation consists of gleaming synthesizers, a piano, loud and echoing drums, according to Amanda Hensel of Pop Crush, the arrangement of the synthesizers is reminiscent of the Destinys Child era. Jenna Hally Rubenstein of MTV Buzzworthy compared the song with Knowles own 1+1 from the same album, andrew Unterberger of the website Popdust compared the song with Ryan Tedder-produced songs like Jordin Sparks Battlefield and Kelly Clarksons Already Gone. Priya Elan of NME felt that the parts in Start Over were similar to songs by rock band Evanescence because of its processed drums. Start Over finds Knowles affirming her individuality and expressing her love for a man with whom she attempts to start a relationship all over rather than losing it. Her vocals throughout the song are so vulnerable that theyre almost tortured as stated by Rubenstein, lewis Corner of Digital Spy further noted that the raspy and husky growls that Knowles adopts occasionally on Start Over, show an offering moments of raw, heartfelt emotion. The song begins with Knowles singing, I feel weak / Weve been here before / Cause I feel we keep going back and forth / Maybe its over, maybe were through / But I honestly can say I still love you. The introduction is skeletal as it contains only atmospheric synthesizers and insistent drum tapping, throughout the song, the swaths of reverb occasionally pierce through the production. As she belts the high notes and the drum beats continue to catch up, during the bridge, Knowles sings, I know I called you selfish / But that’s a lie, over a simple piano line. Start Over earned mixed to positive reviews critics, some of whom felt it was too similar to Knowless older materialStart Over (song) – Knowles performing during her 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé revue
31. Suga Mama – Suga Mama is a song recorded by American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles for her second studio album, BDay. It was written by Knowles, Rich Harrison, and Makeba Riddick, Suga Mama is influenced by 1970s funk and rock music. An R&B and soul song, Suga Mama is built on a hip hop and jazzy beat, and samples Jake Wade, lyrically, it features the female protagonist willing to pay large sums of money to keep her love interest contented. Suga Mama was generally received by music critics, who noted it as one of the highlights from BDay. However, there was some limited criticism about Knowles vocal delivery on the song, though not released as a single, Suga Mama had a music video filmed in black-and-white, and directed by Melina Matsoukas and Knowles, for the BDay Anthology Video Album. It received a release to British music TV channels. Suga Mama was added on the set list of Knowles world tour, Knowles enlisted Harrison as one of the five co-producers of BDay, and she arranged for him, Sean Garrett and Rodney Jerkins to be given individual rooms at Sony Music Studios in New York City. Knowles said she fostered healthy competition between the producers by going into each of their rooms and commenting on the great beats the others were creating. She and Harrison had previously collaborated on her 2003 single Crazy in Love, Suga Mama is a moderate R&B and soul song that displays influences of the 1960s as well as 1970s funk and rock music. It also song contains limited elements of the 1980s go-go and sounds more closely resembling live music than Knowles previous recordings. According to the music published by Hal Leonard Corporation, Suga Mama was composed using common time in the key of G minor. Knowles vocals span from the low note of C4 to the note of G5 as she sings on a hip hop. The main instrumentation is provided by a bluesy guitar, IGN Music noted that Suga Mama is built of a static grit groove, and Jody Rosen of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the song consists of a mixture of brute power and slick syncopation. It samples Jake Wade and the Soul Searchers song Searching for Soul and these interpretations are shown in the lines, Its so good to the point that Ill do anything just to keep you home. Tell me what you want me to buy, my accountants waiting on the phone, the woman also sees the man as a sex object, asking him to sit on her lap and take it off while I watch you perform. Dave de Sylvi of Sputnikmusic noted that Knowles sings, I could be like a jolly rancher that you get from the store with the same sense of mischief as Christina Aguilera on Candyman. On the other hand, Gail Mitchell of Billboard magazine noticed that the lyrical arrangement was similar to that of Tina Turners work. A remix of the song features American rapper Consequence, the song received generally positive reviewsSuga Mama – Knowles riding a mechanical bull in the music video
32. Upgrade U – Upgrade U is a song by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé from her second studio album BDay. The song features vocals from American rapper Jay-Z. It was composed by Swizz Beatz, Cameron Wallace, Beyoncé, MK, Makeba, Sean Garrett, Angela Beyincé, Jay-Z, Willie Clarke, Clarence Reid, columbia Records released Upgrade U as a promotional single on November 27,2006 in the United States only. Upgrade U draws from the genres of hip hop and contemporary R&B, the concept of the song revolves around a woman offering luxuries to a man to upgrade his lifestyle. Upgrade U was generally received by music critics, some praising Knowles assertiveness while singing about her desire to give luxuries to her man. Many also praised the chemistry that Knowles and Jay-Z have in the song. After the release of BDay, Upgrade U started to gain popularity on R&B, the music video for the song was directed by Melina Matsoukas, and took one and a half days of shooting. Knowles did an impersonation of Jay-Z in the clip and is seen amidst gold watches and jewelry. It finally emerged as the forty-fifth best R&B/Hip-Hop song of 2007 in the United States, although Knowles did not perform Upgrade U in any televised appearances, the song was a part of her set list on The Beyoncé Experience tour, and I Am. Tour, as well as her and Jay Zs joint On the Run Tour. Upgrade U was written by Knowles, MK, Makeba, Sean Garrett, Angela Beyincé, Jay-Z, Willie Clarke, Blowfly and Solange Knowles, with production from Swizz Beatz, Cameron Wallace and it was recorded at Sony Music Studios in New York City. T. I. was to be the original guest on the song, however, ultimately, Jay-Z was selected as the featuring artist, Upgrade U becoming his second collaboration with Knowles on BDay – the first being Déjà Vu. The song was released as a promotional single on November 27,2006. Upgrade U is a hip hop song, with influences of pop, soul, and modern R&B. According to the music published at Musicnotes. com by EMI Music Publishing. Knowles vocals range from the note of G♯3 to E5, the song features a synth-horn backdrop as well as a bounce-based hand clap beat. Like most of the tracks on the album, the beat is reinforced by the Roland TR-808 drum machine, Upgrade U samples Betty Wrights 1968 song Girls Cant Do What the Guys Do, composed by Willie Clarke and Clarence Reid. Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine noted that similarities between Upgrade U and songs from the Destinys Child era in the sense that it could make a female self-empowerment anthem, according to Mike Joseph of PopMatters, Upgrade U contains the natural chemistry that Knowles and Jay-Z have in real lifeUpgrade U – "Upgrade U"
33. Video Phone (song) – Video Phone is a song by American singer Beyoncé from her third studio album, I Am. The track was released as the single from the album. A remixed version featuring Lady Gaga was released later, musically, the song consists of simple lyrics and hidden innuendos, with Gaga and Beyoncé trading verses with each other, in the remix. The lyrics refer to putting up a show on camera, the song received generally mixed reviews from most of the critics, who noted that Gagas featured appearance failed to add anything to the tune. The original version charted in the regions of the charts of Australia and its Urban chart, Spain, United Kingdom. The remixed version charted at sixty-five on the Billboard Hot 100 and it also charted in Australia and its Urban chart, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, while it bubbled under the main charts of Belgium. A music video was created to accompany the song featuring Gaga and it portrayed her and Knowles in a number of costumes, brandishing colorful guns towards men and paying homage to the film Reservoir Dogs and pinup legend Bettie Page. It received mixed feedback from critics who called it un-interesting, however, they complimented the costumes and the cinematic homage of the video. The video went on to win the BET award for Video of the Year, Video Phone was written by Beyoncé Knowles, Shondrae Crawford, Sean Garrett and Lady Gaga in the remixed version. It was produced by Bangladesh, The Pen and Knowles, initially, Video Phone was sent to US urban contemporary radios on September 22,2009. The release was recalled and in October 2009, Life & Style reported that Knowles. The remixed version featured both Knowles and Lady Gaga trading verses with one another, the remixed version of the song that features Lady Gaga was included on the 2009 deluxe edition of I Am. Musically, Video Phone is a crunk song and it consists of simple lyrics, with hidden innuendos, and is backed by thin-spread beats, Knowles and Gaga uttering gasps and groans while singing the song. Chris Willman from Yahoo. said that the lyrics are a reference to celebration of Skype sex and putting on a show, on camera. If you like this position you can tape it, according to James Reed of The Boston Globe the lines What. You want me naked/ If you likin this position, you can tape it are sung with an accent which was part Long Island, Club commented that Video Phone is very similar to Missy Elliotts songs. Rolling Stones Christian Hoard and The Washington Posts J. Freedom du Lac found similarities between Video Phone and the songs by rock band Nine Inch Nails, san Francisco Chronicles Aidin Vaziri noted that the song sounded like it was swiped from Björk. If you like this position you can tape it and she doesnt make for the worlds most believable Readers Wife, but it doesnt matter, because the spare, eerie backdrop of groans and echoing electronics is so thrillingVideo Phone (song) – "Video Phone"
34. XO (song) – XO is a song by American singer Beyoncé from her fifth studio album, Beyoncé. Columbia Records released the song as the contemporary hit radio single from the album in the US. Ryan Tedder co-wrote and co-produced XO with Terius The-Dream Nash and Beyoncé, with production handled by Chauncey Hit-Boy Hollis. A pure midtempo pop song, XO is complete with electronic musical instrumentation, synthesizers. Musically, it was compared to Beyoncés own song Halo and was noted for having several music hooks including its call and response chorus. The usage of a sample from Space Shuttle Challenger disaster at the beginning of the song was criticized by the families of the lost crew, NASA. Beyoncé released a statement saying that the song was intended to help people who have lost loved people in their lives, XO managed to appear on many music charts across Europe and Oceania and it peaked at number 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100. A music video for the directed by Terry Richardson was filmed in Coney Island in late August 2013. It was made available on iTunes with the release of the album on December 13,2013 and was released three days later. Beyoncé performed the song during the last stops of the North American leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in December 2013, to further promote XO, she performed it at the 2014 BRIT Awards and later at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Haim and John Mayer covered the song in 2014, with the latter releasing it as a single, XO was written by Beyoncé, Terius The-Dream Nash and Ryan Tedder while the production was helmed by the aforementioned group as well as Chauncey Hit-Boy Hollis and HazeBanga. Ramon Rivas engineered the song, with assistance from Justin Hergett, Beyoncés vocals were recorded by Stuart White and Bart Schoudel while all instrumentation and programming was carried out by Tedder. The song was mixed by Andrew Scheps. XO was recorded in four studios, Jungle City Studios and Oven Studios, I think its a bigger, better song. However, he acknowledged that he did not know when the singer planned to release new material for her fifth album, the previous month, it was reported by a source to the Daily News that Beyoncé planned to release a new single and video on December 3,2013. The publication further speculated that the single was expected to be the song music video was filmed in August of the same year – XO. The release of Blow was therefore scrapped and XO impacted contemporary hit radio in Italy and it was also sent to US mainstream, urban and rhythmic radio on December 17. XO is a pop love power ballad that bears resemblance to Beyoncés own 2008 song HaloXO (song) – Ryan Tedder (left) and Terius "The-Dream" Nash (right) served as writers and producers of "XO" along with Beyoncé.