The Top 10 Beyoncé Songs, Ranked
August 4, 2020
To celebrate the release of Beyonce's new visual album, Black Is King, The Ringer decided to rank Queen Bey's 10 best songs. Below are the top 10
- "Love on Top." It’s a pure, sweet, almost triumphant love song that thrives because of its straightforward message, rather than being limited by it.
- "Dangerously in Love 2." This was the powerhouse ballad that, on this second recording of it (the first was with Destiny’s Child), established Beyoncé as the solo star she was always going to be.
- "Party." This has one of the best grooves of any Beyoncé song. It’s ’80s-inflected but without the chintz, and makes you want to do a side-to-side, back-and-forth dance.
- "Get Me Bodied (Extended)." This Swizz Beatz–produced club song is about going to the club, and maybe that’s why it’s Beyoncé’s best dance number.
- "Bigger." This song is the musical manifestation of how Beyoncé has recently begun to use her influence for good beyond philanthropy or political endorsements. She is creating meaningful artwork that provokes further exploration, as she did at Coachella, by celebrating HBCUs, Black Greek organizations, and the Black National Anthem.
- "***Flawless." “***Flawless” incorporated the full range of Beyoncé’s story—from a sample of her losing on Star Search as one-sixth of Girls Tyme in 1993, to how her family, marriage, and motherhood shaped her.
- "Formation." Like many of her catchy songs, “Formation” has got some mystery (what is an “albino alligator”?), but it’s overpowered by the sheer delight of hearing her tell the truth.
- "Me Myself & I." While this song sounds more like a fictional imagining of a scorned lover rather than one sung from experience, it’s a classic for its sultriness and its groove.
- "All Night." This is probably Lemonade’s most vulnerable song. It’s neither purely rageful, like “Don’t Hurt Yourself” nor flatly resigned like “Sandcastles.”
- "Deja Vu." I think of this song as an elevated “Crazy in Love”—the horns are more precise, the bass line is distinct, and it’s got a slightly haunting melody that would sound great if remade by one of those hipster cover bands.