20 Best Songs By Beyonce

By Nico Gonzalez

Beyonce is one of the most successful female artists in the music industry. She has achieved massive success as a solo artist, and with her group Destiny’s Child. Her music is enjoyed by fans all over the world, and she has released 20 amazing songs over the course of her career.


Partition – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Partition (Explicit Video)

“Partition” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her 2013 self-titled fifth studio album. The song was written by Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Timothy Mosley, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, and Dwane Weir, with production handled by Timberlake, Mosley, and Harmon. It was released as the lead single from the album on December 16, 2013. “Partition” is an R&B and dance-pop song containing elements of trap music with sexually suggestive lyrics.

Crazy In Love – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Crazy In Love ft. JAY Z

Crazy in Love is a song by American singer Beyoncé, featuring her then-boyfriend, rapper Jay-Z. The hook “Crazy in Love” was produced by Rich Harrison and features a sample of the 1956 track “Are You My Woman?” by Chicago soul singer Barbara Lynn. It spent eight weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned Beyoncé her first number-one single as a solo artist, as well as her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

Halo – Beyoncé

Halo is a song by American singer Beyoncé from her third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008). Columbia Records released Halo as the album’s fourth single on February 21, 2009.  The song won several awards including a Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female Artist. Music critics have noted that Halo is one of Beyoncé’s best-known songs and has become her signature ballad.

Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (Video Version)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” is a song from American singer Beyoncé’s third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008). It was released as the lead single from the album on October 13, 2008. The song was written by Beyoncé, Terius Nash, Shea Taylor, Thaddis Harrell, and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, and produced by Nash and Stewart. Inspired by her marriage to rapper Jay-Z in April 2008, the song draws musical influences from 1980s pop and R&B styles. Lyrically, it features Beyoncé urging women who have found themselves in a similar romantic situation to put a ring on it instead of waiting for their partner to do so.

Run The World (Girls) – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Run the World (Girls) (Official Video)

Run The World (Girls) is a song recorded by Beyoncé for her 2011 album 4. The song was written by Terius Nash, Shelly Peiken, and Beyoncé herself, with production handled by Switch, The-Dream, Shea Taylor, and Beyoncé. Released as the lead single from the album, “Run The World (Girls)” is an uptempo dance-pop and R&B song with a synthpop influence. The song’s lyrics describe girls taking over the world. Upon its release, “Run The World (Girls)” received generally positive reviews from music critics, who complimented its club-ready production and called it a “feminist anthem”.

XO – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - XO (Video)

The song “XO” by Beyonce is a love song that talks about the singer’s complicated relationship with her husband. The song starts with the line “You love me, you love me / You say the sweetest things” and then goes on to list all of the ways that the singer’s husband makes her feel loved. However, in the second verse, the tone of the song changes and Beyonce starts to talk about all of the ways that her relationship is complicated.

Love On Top – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Love On Top (Official Video)

“Love On Top” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her fourth studio album, 4 (2011). The song was written by Beyoncé, Terius Nash, Shea Taylor, Ester Dean, Hayley Smith, and Derek James. Production was handled by Beyoncé; the-Dream and Tricky Stewart were the co-producers. The song was released as the album’s fourth single on August 26, 2011. The song is a mid-tempo R&B ballad with new jack swing influences. The instrumentation consists of drum machine, keyboards, and percussion.

Beautiful Liar – Beyoncé

Beautiful Liar (Spanglish Version)

The song “Beautiful Liar” by Beyoncé is a catchy tune with a simple, yet effective, message. The lyrics tell the story of two friends who are in love with the same man. The women start out as friends, but their relationship quickly turns sour when they realize that they are competing for the same man. The song’s chorus features the line “You’re a beautiful liar / You’re a beautiful liar / and I hate you for it.” This simple phrase perfectly sums up the feelings of betrayal and rage that can arise when someone you trust breaks your heart. “Beautiful Liar” is a perfect example of how music can be used to express complex emotions in a concise and relatable way.

Irreplaceable – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Irreplaceable

“Irreplaceable” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her second studio album, B’Day (2006). The song was written by Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith, Tor E. Hermansen, Mikkel S. Eriksen, and Espen Lind. The song’s producers StarGate and Beyoncé wanted to create a record that had the same “angular guitar riff” as Paul Simon’s “Graceland”. The lyrics are about the heartbreak of a woman after she discovers her man has been unfaithful.

Pretty Hurts – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Pretty Hurts (Video)

Beyoncé’s hit song “Pretty Hurts” examines the pressure placed on women to conform to society’s standards of beauty. The lyrics ask pointed questions about the price of perfection, hinting at the underlying insecurity and self-doubt that fuel the quest for unattainable perfection. The song also touches on the idea that beauty is often seen as a commodity, something to be bought and sold. In a culture that is obsessed with youth and appearance, “Pretty Hurts” offers a thoughtful commentary on the way we value women. By highlighting the destructive nature of the pursuit of perfection, Beyoncé challenges us to rethink our notions of beauty. In doing so, she encourages us to embrace our uniqueness and celebrate our individual strengths.

Dance For You – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Dance for You (Video)

“Dance for You” is a song by Beyoncé from her fourth studio album, 4 (2011). The song was written by Beyoncé, Terius Nash, Shea Taylor, Ester Dean, and Cainon Lamb, and produced by Beyoncé and The-Dream. “Dance for You” is a slow jam with influence from R&B and pop music genres. Lyrically, the song finds Beyoncé singing about how she will sexually please her man. Critics praised “Dance for You” for its mature sound in comparison to the rest of 4. Some compared the song favorably to Beyoncé’s previous work with Destiny’s Child.

Get Me Bodied – Beyoncé

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix)

Get Me Bodied is a song by Beyoncé that was released in 2006. The song is about dancing and having fun, and it features a simple, catchy beat that makes it easy to dance to. Get Me Bodied was very popular when it was released, and it remains one of Beyoncé’s most iconic songs. The music video for the song is also very famous, and it features Beyoncé dancing with a group of friends in a nightclub. Get Me Bodied is a great example of Beyoncé’s ability to create catchy, upbeat music that is perfect for dancing.

Drunk In Love – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Drunk in Love (Explicit) ft. JAY Z

“Drunk in Love” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé featuring her husband, rapper Jay-Z. The duo wrote and produced the song with assistance from Detail, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, and Boots. It was released on December 17, 2013, by Columbia Records as the lead single from Beyoncé’s self-titledfifth studio album (2013). The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, spending eight non-consecutive weeks atop the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Freakum Dress – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Freakum Dress (Video)

The song “Freakum Dress” by Beyoncé is a call for women to reclaim their power and sexuality. The lyrics encourage women to take pride in their bodies and to feel confident in themselves. The song also promotes the idea of owning one’s own sexuality, and being unapologetic about it. Additionally, the song challenges the double standard that exists for how society views men and women when it comes to sexual behavior. In “Freakum Dress,” Beyoncé demands that women be seen as more than just sexual objects. Instead, she calls for them to be respected as whole human beings. “Freakum Dress” is an empowering anthem for women of all ages. It encourages self-confidence and body positivity, while also promoting sexual liberation.

Formation – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Formation (Official Video)

The 2016 song “Formation” by Beyoncé tackles a variety of topics including race, identity, and southern pride. The music video, which was filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana, includes references to Hurricane Katrina and police brutality. In the video, Beyoncé is seen dancing on top of a police car that has sunk in floodwaters. This scene is intercut with footage of a young black boy dancing in front of a line of riot police. The lyrics of the song call for black people to “get in formation” and be proud of their heritage. The song has been criticized by some for its political messages, but it has also been praised as a powerful anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Diva – Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s “Diva” is a song about female empowerment and self-confidence. The lyrics encourage women to be strong and independent, and to never let anyone tell them what they can or cannot do. The song also promotes the idea that women should be treated with respect and equality. “Diva” was originally released in 2008 as part of Beyoncé’s album “I Am…Sasha Fierce.” The song was a commercial success, reaching the top ten on several music charts. In addition to its critical acclaim, “Diva” won several awards, including the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video.

Listen – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Listen (GRAMMYs on CBS)

Listen is a song by Beyoncé, released in 2006 on the album B’Day. The song was written by Beyoncé, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, and Terius “The-Dream” Nash, and produced by Stewart and Beyoncé. “Listen” is a midtempo gospel hip hop ballad with an R&B feel. The lyrics are about finding strength in love, and were inspired by a difficult period in Beyoncé’s life. The song has been well-received by critics, who praised its emotional delivery and production. “Listen” has been covered by several artists, including Jennifer Hudson, Kylie Minogue, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Lopez. The song was featured in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, for which Beyoncé won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Be Alive – Beyoncé

Beyoncé – Be Alive (Original Song from the Motion Picture “King Richard”) (Official Lyric Video)

“Be Alive” is a song from Beyonce’s album, Lemonade. The song is about continuing to fight even when the odds seem insurmountable. Beyonce starts the song with the line “I was dead inside,” which sets the tone for the rest of the song. She talks about how she felt like giving up, but she found the strength to keep going. The chorus of the song is empowering, with Beyonce singing “I’m not gonna let them bring me down/ I’m gonna stand my ground.” The song is an anthem for anyone who has ever felt like they were fighting a losing battle. 

Baby Boy (Junior’s World Mixshow) – Beyoncé

Beyonce- Baby Boy (Junior's World Mixshow)

Junior’s World Mixshow’s Baby Boy is a remix of Beyoncé’s original song. The song features a new verse from Lil Wayne and some changes to the production. The result is a more uptempo and danceable track that still retains the original song’s theme of teenage pregnancy. The new verse from Lil Wayne is about the responsibilities that come with fatherhood, and he delivers it with his usual conversational style. The production changes help to create a more energetic feel, making the song suitable for dancing. Overall, Junior’s World Mixshow’s Baby Boy is a successful remix that managed to retain the original song’s message while adding its own unique elements.

Naughty Girl – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Naughty Girl

“Naughty Girl” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003). The song was written by Beyoncé, Scott Storch and Robert Waller, and produced by Storch. It contains an interpolation of the Main Ingredient’s 1974 hit song “Everybody Plays the Fool”. “Naughty Girl” is a contemporary R&B and dance-pop song that features elements of 1970s disco. Its lyrics describe a woman who is trying to be wicked for her partner’s validation.